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The Spider (1958) Poster

(1958)

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Jump to: Continuity (4)  | Crew or equipment visible (1)  | Errors in geography (1)  | Factual errors (4)  | Plot holes (1)  | Revealing mistakes (11)

Continuity 

When Mike and Carol are exchanging notes, Carol takes the paper and can clearly be seen to write three separate lines of text (ie: she returns to the left-hand margin and begins writing three times), yet when Mike looks at what she's written, it is shown as only two lines.
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The spider was stored in the high school auditorium. When it revives and goes through the downtown area, it is as big as a two-story building.
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The spider awakens and scares the kids at the band practice in the school. The drummer looks up in horror and flees his drum kit. In the following wide shot , the drummer is back to playing his drums again.
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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.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Carol gets out of the car to look for her missing father. As she gets out of the passenger side door you can see the film crew and movie camera reflected in the car's black paint.
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Errors in geography 

When Mike and Carol search for her Dad, they are traveling on a dirt road, the next shot is a close-up in the car and in the background they are now traveling on a lined asphalt road.
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Factual errors 

The word "starring" is misspelled (as "starrring") in the opening credits.
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The spider expert repeatedly refers to them as insects.
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Although the spider's web plays a large role in the story, tarantulas don't spin webs.
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When the young couple find skeletons in the cave,the bones are all connected together. Without muscles or skin, they would look like a random pile of bones, even if they were in the same area.
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Plot holes 

Professor Kingman tells the Sheriff that, even dead, the spider needs to be studied so that scientists can learn why it grew so large and so prevent a race of giant spiders from enslaving Earth...a supposedly key plot element is never mentioned or dealt with again.
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Revealing mistakes 

The so-called teenagers look more like post-graduate students than high schoolers. Skip Young, who was also a regular on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," was 28 and Tony Patterson, who played "Joe," was 35 years old.
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When the spider is walking down Maple Street to the Kingman's house, you can tell that the set is a miniature. The houses are all tilted to the right and there is a big shadow in the foreground, which is out of focus. In the shot of the real street seconds before, all of the houses are straight, the foreground is in focus, and there is no shadow.
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In some of the scenes inside the cave, stalactites and stalagmites were added in with obvious mattes.
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The exterminators lay down a spray of 50 percent DDT to flood the entire cavern, yet only bring enough gas masks for half the people in the cave.
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As the Sheriff and Professor Kingman watch the spider walk past the Sheriff's Office, they keep turning further away from the spider until they're looking directly ahead while the spider is off to their right.
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In one shot of the spider walking past the main street of the town, the lower part of its legs aren't seen touching the ground, because of a poor matte effect.
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Throughout the movie, most split scenes simultaneously showing the spider on a miniature set and humans on a real set (street scenes, in the cavern, the high school auditorium, etc.) are badly done and obvious, with different lighting, mismatched sets and a large dark border marking the separation between the miniature footage and the full-sized film.
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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.
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The web is obviously made of rope and looks more like a cargo net, as it's not woven in anything resembling the pattern of an actual spider's web.
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In all scenes the spider is seen as black. In one scene where the spider is approaching the house of the main character, it is light-colored or gray.
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As the giant spider descends down the cave wall you can see the string tied around it that is lowering it.
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