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The Spider (1958)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Kemmer ...
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Eugene Persson ...
Mike Simpson (as Gene Persson)
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Hal Torey ...
Mr. Simpson
June Jocelyn ...
Mrs. Jack Flynn
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Sam Haskel
Sally Fraser ...
Mrs. Helen Kingman
Troy Patterson ...
Joe
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Sam the Bass Player
Howard Wright ...
Jake
Bill Giorgio ...
Deputy Sheriff Pete Sanders
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Hugo the Janitor
Jack Kosslyn ...
Mr. Fraser
Bob Garnet ...
Pest Control Man
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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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It Must Eat You to Live! See more »

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The theater where Mike works is showing a stand-up display for "The Amazing Colossal Man" outside in one scene. See more »

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When the exterminators are shown spraying DDT at the spider in another split-scene shot, the men are on the left and the spider at the right, with the two scenes separated by a painting of a stalagmite. But the heavy spray of DDT stops at the split screen, though in real life the spray would have been seen shooting past the stalagmite into the right-hand portion of the scene. 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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Considering the budget and what it was, it's a decent little horror flick
19 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is a typical drive-in movie horror film from the late 1950s. Like all similar films (such as ATTACK OF THE GILA MONSTER, THE KILLER SHREWS, etc.), this one had a very low budget, was quickly made and featured small-time actors. Naturally, the dialog was poor at times and the overall plot laughable, but in a strange way the film was still a lot of kooky fun. The spider special effects were generally very good and the story kept my interest. While those who love Shakespeare and art films probably won't appreciate this film, for those who love the genre this is a film that will most likely satisfy. As for me, I like these silly old flicks and recommend the movie--but I also can't rate it any higher because of its questionable aesthetic value and cheesiness.

PS--Look at the marquee at the movie theater. One of the films on the bill was THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN and the other was ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE--both films by director/producer Bert I. Gordon who made this film.


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