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.