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The Spider [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ed Kemmer, June Kenney, Eugene Persson, Gene Roth, Hal Torey
  • Directors: Bert I. Gordon
  • Format: Black & White, PAL
  • Subtitles: French, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: DCD Rights
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2003
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000092WA5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,452 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Whilst looking for her missing father, a girl and her boyfriend stumble over an inhabited cave, occupied by a deadly giant spider. After being captured and enmeshed in the eight-legged beast’s giant web they manage to escape and raise the alarm. Convincing people proves to be tricky but eventually the sheriff and the school’s science teacher help them kill the monstrous spider and take it back to town. They put it in the school hall and hold a dance but is the spider really dead?

Samuel Z. Arkoff started producing movies with his partner James Nicholson in 1954 when they set up American International Pictures and capitalised on the trend of teenagers being the main cinema audience of the time. AIP made pictures about teenagers for teenagers and The Spider has all the essential ingredients for a drive-in horror classic. High schoolers as the primary cast driving really cool cars, together with sceptical adults (the disbelieving sheriff), a rock’n’roll band (to wake up the spider) and a big scary monster (the spider.) Whether the spider is a freak of nature or a mutant is never determined as it escapes leaving many more questions. Why did they hold a dance with a spider in the corner of the school hall? Shouldn’t they be hunting for the spider’s possible offspring? What has it been living off the past few years? How will they stop it? Now you can find out in The Spider!

The Spider is co-written by George Worthing Yates who also wrote Earth vs the Flying Saucers and Them!, and directed by Bert I. Gordon, nicknamed Mr Big for his initials and his fondness for the big monsters in his films. His special effects of producing giant monsters on screen were achieved by ingeniously using rear projection enlargements. DVD-R: This title is manufactured-on-demand when ordered from The Canny Store using the highest quality DVD-R discs.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By danny on 27 Aug. 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
this is an open call to anyone else that bought this dvd,
the print it was taken from is sharp and clear,a beautiful print,......
but for some reason any scenes that have fast motion seem to be "jerky" as far as speed sync, the movie is great, the soundtrack is great, but the video speed seems abnormal in fast motion scenes,... i have this movie on tape and do not see the speed sync problem,.....is it my dvd player?....or has anyone else noticed this problem?...my dvd player plays all other pal format discs without this problem,...please let me know if you have noticed the same problem, thank you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laughing Gravy on 7 July 2003
Format: DVD
THE SPIDER (also known as EARTH VS. THE SPIDER, 1958, directed by Bert. I. Gordon) is one of the better "big bug" movies of the 1950s. Teenagers Mike and Carol (not Brady, alas) wander into a cave looking for Carol's missing dad, and discover a tarantula the size of a pickup truck. Or the size of a 3-story building, depending on which particular scene you're watching. In any case, the critter is pumped full of DDT and put on display at the local high school, where a rock ‘n' roll band wakes it up to smash through the gymnasium wall and rampage around town. Eventually, the townspeople lure the 8-legged freak back to its den and blow up the only entrance, unknowingly trapping the pesky Carol and Mike inside, necessitating one last rescue. Clocking in at a brisk 73 minutes, THE SPIDER still seems about 10 minutes too long. Still, it's good fun, and the disc looks terrific, the best of all the transfers so far in the Arkoff collection. Includes an audio interview with Arkoff and nine theatrical trailers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robert slim on 11 April 2013
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...As a fan of old classic films i was looking forward to this and it did not dissapoint..yes the acting is not great and the chracters are as believeable as the poor special effects but..but this film kept me entertained all the way to the end and if i'm honest i'd rather watch something like this than what hollywood make today..the sound and picture quality are not too bad but more or less what you would expect for this type of film.
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The SPIDER was made in the 50s for AIP by b movie king BERT I GORDON who made a lot of these giant creature movies about that time,So what of the movie well we have teens who are still at school but look as though they are in there late 30s we also have the small desert town and a stupid town sheriff yes if this sounds like you have seen it before you have in UNIVERSAL classic b movie TARANTULA which is a lot better movie.So about the disc you get a nice sharp picture and good sound for a movie of this age you also get loads of trailers of movies from the ARKOFF LIBRARY also some nice postcards of movie posters.SO if you enjoy these b/w b movies from the 50s as i do this is a very nice disc.Oh i forgot to say the case has a nice poster of The movie on the front and its called EARTH V THE SPIDER the theatrically title of the movie
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Squish, Squash, and Yawn 21 Dec. 2012
By Gary F. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
EARTH VS. THE SPIDER is one of those 1950s movies that ran on a double bill at the drive in theatre--with the title and the posters more memorable than the movie itself.

The story is trivial. Carol (June Kenney) has a father given to going off on a toot, so when he doesn't show up at home on time she is the only one worried. She pesters her boyfriend Mike (Eugene Persson) into helping her look for him, and by chance they find her father's car wrecked near a mysterious cave. Quite naturally they have a peek inside, where they discover a gigantic web-spinning, man-eating tralantula. The creature is dosed up with enough DDT to kill an elephant, presumed dead, and moved to the highschool gymn to await pick up by a university. Unfortunately, the school rock and roll band wants to rehearse, and their beat awakens the spider, which was only stunned. Surprise!

This is the sort of movie where people leave one place at night, drive a short distance, and arrive in broad daylight. The rearview projections and split screens and such are very, very obvious, and although some of the movie seems to have been shot at Carlsbad Caverns, most of the spider shots are done on pasteboard cut outs and minature mock ups. Even the spider's web--and tralantualas don't spin webs--looks like a cargo net. If this sounds like it's good for a giggle, well, no, not really. Frankly, the spider moves faster than the movie, which is slow, has a head-shaking script, and makes you want to hit the fast forward time and time again.

Now and then you come across a bad movie that's entertaining in a goofy sort of way, but most bad movies are just bad movies, and EARTH VS. THE SPIDER is of the latter variety. If you're a hardcore fan of 1950s big bug movies, knock yourself out. It isn't as bad as TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE, but it makes TRALANTULA look like a major A movie in comparison.

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OK but not a 3 25 Oct. 2007
By Michael A. Mccormick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Typical 50s special? effects. A new redue would be great! Want real spider effects get Eight Legged Freaks! We need more spider movies! How about a black widow and forget tarantulas,their not scary any more.
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