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Earth vs the Spider (1958)

Approved | | 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 Sally Fraser ... Mrs. Helen Kingman
Troy Patterson Troy Patterson ... Joe
Skip Young ... Sam the Bass Player
Howard Wright 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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The Spider will eat you alive! See more »


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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Santa Rosa Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The word "starring" is misspelled (as "starrring") in the opening credits. See more »

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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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8 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Earth vs. The Spider (1958)

** (out of 4)

Two teens walk into a cave and run out when they see a huge spider. The police think they kill it but soon the spider is terrorizing the town. Director Bert I. Gordon made countless "big bug" films throughout his career and this one here is in the middle but if you're in the mood for a drive-in flick then this one here is a classic. This certainly isn't a very good movie but it manages to keep you entertained for over an hour. The special effects of the spider are downright awful but that's why they're so much fun. The performances aren't any better either but again, that just adds to the films charm.


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