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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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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...
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.
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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I first saw this on TV back in the mid to late 60's and it's still one of my all time favorite movies. Read morePublished 13 months ago by reaganfan