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The Spider (1958)

Earth vs the Spider (original title)
Passed | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | September 1958 (USA)
Teenagers from a rural community and their high school science teacher join forces to battle a giant mutant spider.

Director:

Bert I. Gordon

Writers:

László Görög (screenplay) (as Laszlo Gorog), George Worthing Yates (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Kemmer ... Professor Art Kingman
June Kenney ... Carol Flynn
Eugene Persson Eugene Persson ... Mike Simpson (as Gene Persson)
Gene Roth ... Sheriff Cagle
Hal Torey Hal Torey ... Mr. Simpson
June Jocelyn June Jocelyn ... Mrs. Jack Flynn
Mickey Finn ... Sam Haskel
Sally Fraser ... Mrs. Helen Kingman
Troy Patterson Troy Patterson ... Joe
Skip Young ... Sam the Bass Player
Howard Wright ... Jake
Bill Giorgio Bill Giorgio ... Deputy Sheriff Pete Sanders
Hank Patterson ... Hugo the Janitor
Jack Kosslyn ... Mr. Fraser
Bob Garnet Bob Garnet ... Pest Control Man
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Storyline

When a man doesn't come home one night his daughter and her boyfriend go out searching and encounter a giant spider in a cave near the man's wrecked car. Coming back with the Sheriff, the spider is seemingly killed by DDT spraying, and the body then hauled for storage in the high school gymnasium. However, a loud dose of rock music by a teenage garage band revives the arachnid and sends it rampaging through the town. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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50 TONS OF CREEPING BLACK HORROR! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

The town's theatre is playing a double feature of "The Amazing Colossal Man" (1957) and "Attack of the Puppet People" (1958). Both were recent Bert I. Gordon films also released by American International. See more »

Goofs

When a citizen is fleeing from town and sees the spider return to the cave it is dark. The next scene back in town seen from the Sheriffs office it is clearly still daytime. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Kingman: [to Mrs. Kingman] It'd be a good idea if you'd stay inside the house for awhile.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure an 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1991 when the film was granted an 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

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Tarantula-"Lite"
26 November 2007 | by michaeldukey2000See all my reviews

With the exception of a few A titles Sci-fi was mostly considered kids stuff especially in the 50's. The studios had such low expectations that even a gem like Forbidden Planet was used as a premium for cornflakes boxtops.

That being the case it was profitable to crank out as many as possible as cheap as possible with as much action as the budget would allow and that was the only criteria. It worked because kids hungry for any kind of monster and teens needing a good background for the drive-in flocked to these B pictures so much that you could expect one to open a couple of weeks or so.

It's not like anybody got suckered into these things as well.I don't know how many previews I saw at the drive-in or matinée even if the monster looked fake or stinky in the trailer I still wanted to go see it. For the most part I had a good time and I still love these B creature Features from the fifties. This one in particular is highly re-watchable.

Unfortunately I can't say much for their current counterparts it seems like the bad bug movies of today are mostly just bad and not fun like these were. Recently I watched Ice Spider,Lord Of The Spiders and Scorpius Giganticus on the sci-fi channel and they all blew so bad I could barely finish them.

The special effects here are bad but they're fun because they're bad plus they fit right in with the naiveté and unsophistication of the times and Bert I Gordon didn't skimp on them either. Once the monster showed up you got tons of bad special effects right up until the climax . Today we know so much more about effects and budgeting and story structure and science and credible actions that it seem a shame that so many sci-flicks are blatantly disregarding this without giving us the fun of old school. It's a lose lose situation.

Currently this is on DVD with War Of The Colossal Beast and I recommend it highly as a cheap disc worthy of a rainy night filled with cherry Cokes and Sloppy Joes


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Earth vs. the Giant Spider See more »

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Production Co:

Santa Rosa Productions See more »
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Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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