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  • Actors: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll, Nestor Paiva, Ross Elliott
  • Directors: Jack Arnold
  • Producers: William Alland
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: German, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb. 2006
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E3LIO0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,990 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic 1950s sci-fi. Philanthropic Dr Reemer (Leo G. Carroll) has developed a new radioactive serum that can make animals grow at an enormous rate, and he plans to use it to help solve the world's food shortage. But when an accident in the lab leads to the serum infecting a tarantula, the situation suddenly becomes much more serious. Escaping into the desert, the deadly giant tarantula starts hunting human prey, and it's up to square-jawed doctor Matt Hastings (John Agar) and Reemer's assistant Stephanie (Mara Corday) to track it down and destroy it.

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Another slice of classic B-Movie 'Giant Bug' action here from master of the genre, Jack Arnold...

The legendary director of 'Creature From The Black Lagoon' and 'Revenge Of The Creature' (amongst many other classics) causes havoc with a genetically altered mutant spider in this hugely enjoyable and highly atmospheric piece of hokum.

The spooky American desert is the setting for said spider, which escapes from a scientists lab, only for Arnold regular John Agar to uncover the truth and try and track it down.

If you're a fan of the genre (Them!, Creature, etc), you'll absolutely love this. The effects benefit massively from using a transposed real spider over the top of many shots rather than a plastic dummy (although that's used for some close-up's) and the whole thing rattles along with the usual suspense, atmosphere and taut dialogue.

Perfect for a dark wintery Saturday afternoon or a late night during the week, at just an hour and a bit, whack this on and let that spooky atmosphere do the rest...

Great stuff...
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Another classic in the creature feature genre. Man (in the form of Leo G. Carroll's driven but likeable Prof. Deemer) is messing with things he doesn't understand, with terrible consequences. While trying to find a growth nutrient to help the food shortage that will occur when the world population grows too far, Deemer has injected several creatures with the growth hormone with spectacular results. The guinea pig and the monkey I could understand, but why on earth did he have to inject a tarantula? Anyway, the beastie starts to grow, and through a set of even more unlikely circumstances escapes to wreak havoc on the surrounding population.

With its eerie desert setting, and great special effects this is a genuinely scary film. Using a real tarantula rather than models the sight of a giant spider on the screen is quite unnerving, even to a non arachnophobe. The implausible plot moves along at a nice pace, and the film delivers thrills and chills on a regular basis. The stereotypes are all here, dotty scientist, another scientist who just happens to have the answers, the cute girl in danger, wooden actors, improbable dialogue, etc, etc. A absolute classic of the genre, with the added bonus of an early role for Clint Eastwood. Highly recommended.
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A scientist plans to make animals grow using a serum to solve the world's food supply problem only for something to go wrong causing a tarantula to get injected and grow to enormous size attacking and destroying everything in its path. Classic scifi creature movie. A bit silly but good fun and tense with some surprisingly decent effects. Good for the 1950's but still look pretty decent now. A decent cast and watch the end for the debut of a young then unknown actor called Clint Eastwood. You never see his face as he is playing an air force pilot and doesn't remove his helmet, and he isn't officially listed in the credits, but he's instantly recogniseable thanks to his voice.
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Excellent 50s sci fi creature feature, in this case a large angry tarantula.The special effects, usually not good in these films, are much more effective than the norm due to the twilight the creature inhabits which hides imperfections. The spider looming over a hill towards it's supper is quite creepy. Early prosthetic makeup not too bad either. A quick cameo by Dirty Harry as the pilot with no name who kills the spider as well. Recommended.
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Another Creature feature that would not cure arachnophobia!This monster has been experimented on -gets loose from the lab and everyone has to run for it.This is another 50s movie that I really like, it's all so cheesy but that's a part of this and other movies of this genres charm. No swearing and slight references to the horror that we don't see . Imagine you are brushing your hair in the bed room and a giant spider comes calling-what do you do? Screaming is always good in a 50s movie. It's a pity that the ending is so disappointing and what we would resort to first ,Still it's a great romp across the mid US and another monster for the collection.
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Professor Gerald Deemer has been working on a special nutrient that will help offset a predicted food shortage, the serum he has created escalates growth in his lab animals at an alarmingly quick rate. Deemer quickly loses control of the experiment and during a fight at his lab a fire breaks out and a Tarantula that is already 50 sizes bigger than it should be, escapes, and soon all species are on the menu!

Tarantula is a big personal fave of mine from this particular genre, so I make no apologies for my uncontrolled bias! The film opens with a facially malformed man running through the desert until he collapses, and from then on in we are treated to a story involving acromegaly (a disease that causes gigantism), and a gigantic tarantula eating everything that gets in its path, its pure sci-fi/horror hokum for sure. However, Tarantula has that knack of spinning the story with only minor glimpses of the spider until we are positively sensing the dread that is about to be unleashed. Using a real spider inserted onto the screened landscape, and then having it crawling over smartly moulded miniature sets, really adds to the creepy fun unfolding. Directed by genre hero Jack Arnold, and starring stoic actors like John Agar & Leo G Carroll, Tarantula is 80 minutes of pure genre entertainment. 8/10
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