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Kiss of the Tarantula (1976)

PG | | Horror | May 1976 (USA)
A disturbed teenage girl unleashes her pet tarantula against her "enemies."


Chris Munger


Warren Hamilton Jr. (screenplay), Daniel Cady (story)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernesto Macias ... Walter Bradley (as Eric Mason)
Suzanna Ling Suzanna Ling ... Susan Bradley
Herman Wallner Herman Wallner ... John Bradley
Patricia Landon Patricia Landon ... Nancy Drury
Beverly Eddins Beverly Eddins ... Martha Bradley
Jay Scott Jay Scott ... Bo Richards (as Jay Scott Neal)
Rebecca Eddins Rebecca Eddins ... Susan Bradley - Age 10
Rita French Rita French ... Joan Murphy
W. James Eddins W. James Eddins ... Sgt. Wes Matthews
Jared Davis Jared Davis ... Dr. Morgan
Stratton Leopold Stratton Leopold ... Eric Craig
Mark Smith Mark Smith ... Joe Penny
Mary Tyree Mary Tyree ... Nurse Hamilton
Ron Prather ... Bob Havens (as Ronald Prather)
William Guhl William Guhl ... Wayne Richards


John Bradley operates and lives in a mortuary along with his wife, Martha, and daughter, Susan, who collects tarantula spiders and has always been ostracized by her friends because... well she's a little bit strange.When Susan discovers that mommy dearest is plotting to have dear old dad killed by her secret lover, who is also dad's brother, she places a tarantula in mommy's bed while she sleeps. Abruptly awakened by the spider, mom dies of a heart attack. This bizarre little episode apparently puts sweet little Susan over the top. Later as a teenager, Susan uses her pet tarantulas in acts of revenge against her terrified classmates, who have been tormenting her for way too long. And innocent looking Susan doesn't stop there, making good plot use of her father's mortuary and her creepy little playmates! Written by jleepix@bootbox.net

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So silent. So deadly. So final.




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Release Date:

May 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarantula See more »


Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)
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Cinema-Vu See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Riffed by the guys from MST3K under the Rifftrax name, Michael J Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy See more »


When Susan is lying on her bed reading a book, before her uncle enters the room, she is wearing stockings. Moments later when her uncle accosts her and they are wrestling on the staircase, she is no longer wearing stockings. See more »


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Another "misfit kills mean people with avenging critters" dud.
3 April 2004 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

In the distinctly 70s tradition of films such as WILLARD, HOLY Wednesday, STANLEY, and JENNIFER; THE SNAKE GODDESS, this unspectacular independent non-chiller concerns a strange, spider-loving girl who dispatches her little 8-legged friends on killing missions...vengeance against folks who've treated her badly. Lovely Suzanna Ling, apparently in her only film appearance, is quite appealing. Her performance isn't exactly award-winning, but she shows potential, and one wonders what she may have accomplished had she not opted for instant retirement following KISS OF THE TARANTULA(it's hard to blame her, however).

It's very likely that you've seen this whole idea brought on before, and with better results(actually, I can't think of a time when it might have been done more poorly). Even as 70s-era drive-in fodder goes, this is a weak, ordinary film devoid of surprises or anything resembling quality craftsmanship.

An obscurity, moreless, and justifiably so. 3.5/10

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