In the Arizona desert, Professor Gerald Deemer is experimenting with growth hormones in the hopes of finding a way to increase the world's food supply. His partner in the project was recently found dead in the desert, suffering from a disease that normally takes years to advance but, in his case, seems to have afflicted him in only a few days. The local doctor, Matt Hastings, is puzzled by the strange case and, with Deemer's recently arrived (and very pretty) assistant, Stephanie Clayton, tries to figure out what is going on. When cattle remains are found in the countryside, evidence points to a giant tarantula as the culprit.Written by
Look for a young Clint Eastwood as the (uncredited) leader of the jet squadron that attacks the tarantula in the film's climax. See more »
When Matt Hastings leaves from the unpaved desert airport at the beginning, the tires of his car make a squealing noise as they would on a paved road. See more »
What's the score, Doc?
Dr. Matt Hastings:
Twins. Cutest things you ever saw.
Hey, they're keepin' ya busy these days.
Dr. Matt Hastings:
The desert, it gives people wonderful ideas. Check the ship, will ya?
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This is the story of a giant spider, told with the craft so often seen in older movies.
We have the "mad" scientist, who is quite a three dimensional character, who causes gigantic mutations in animals. A fire destroys all but one, a tarantula that grows to immense size.
People are prey to this arachnid. There are many scary scenes. Two men camping out are assailed, and there is the famous scene with the jeep. When the military fail to stop the spider, the commander leaves two men behind in a jeep which won't start. Apparently, it was serviced by a Louisville mechanic.
Clint Eastwood makes an appearance at the end, as a pilot.
But Agar, Carroll, and a stunningly beautiful Corday are the stars of this show.
There are thrills, logical sequences of events, and identifiable characters which makes this greatly entertaining. It is action packed, mixed in with good drama.
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