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May 1976 (USA) See more »
So silent. So deadly. So final.
A disturbed teenage girl unleashes her pet tarantula against her "enemies." Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Suzanna Ling ... Susan Bradley
Eric Mason ... Walter Bradley
Herman Wallner ... John Bradley
Linda Spatz ... Tracy
Beverly Eddins ... Martha Bradley
Patricia Landon ... Nancy Drury
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Burrows ... Mr. Price
Jared Davis ... Dr. Morgan
Rebecca Eddins ... Susan Bradley - Age 10
Susan Eddins ... Susan Bradley - Age 5
W. James Eddins ... Sgt. Wes Matthews
Rita French ... Joan Murphy
George Gingell ... Ralph Miller
William Guhl ... Wayne Richards
Art Lane ... Security Guard
Stratton Leopold ... Eric Craig

Ron Prather ... Bob Havens
Jay Scott ... Bo Richards
Mark Smith ... Joe Penny
John F. Suhr ... Graveside Minister
Mary Tyree ... Nurse Hamilton

Directed by
Chris Munger 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Daniel Cady 
Warren Hamilton Jr. 

Produced by
John H. Burrows .... producer
Daniel Cady .... producer
Curt Drady .... executive producer
Original Music by
Phillan Bishop 
Cinematography by
Henning Schellerup 
Film Editing by
Warren Hamilton Jr. 
Sound Department
Jerry Whittington .... sound effects editor
Editorial Department
Jerry Whittington .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
Derek Whittington .... transportation

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85 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Underrated and pretty dang nifty drive in revenge fun, 23 June 2008
Author: t-birkhead from United Kingdom

I just saw this and unexpectedly had a ripsnorting good time. Like Carrie and Twisted Brain before it this is a tale of an odd teen getting revenge on various wrong doers but this time round spiders are the instrument of doom. Suzanne Ling puts in a likable, attractive performance as the heroine, endearing and a little bit sinister, especially at the end. She carries the film well and always stays sympathetic as the lunkheads around her earn her vengeance. There are a couple of great suspense sequences involving spiders, real shudder inducing stuff, helped out by the eerie, trippy soundtrack. The film has a kind of TV movie feel to it, moving along less like a horror film than a melodrama at times and this actually works, grounding the creepy elements in the ordinary so that the films jolts are all the more effective. The acting is a bit nondescript apart from the aforementioned Suzanne Ling and her uncle, played with sleazy relish by Eric Mason. The final 20 minutes or so of the film, when these two really come into play, take it beyond neat drive in schlock to something really memorable, for the film heads in a direction few will predict, and sticks to it until a surprising ending that I think may be unique in these sort of films. The film becomes tight, suspenseful and scary towards the end and should satisfy anyone looking for good old school vengeful fun. Altogether, I very much recommend this one, its a lot of fun, the main actress is pretty and talented, there are scares, surprises, solidly watchable direction, all wrapped up with some excellent moments. Good times.

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