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Tarantula (1955)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 20 February 1956 (Sweden)
A spider escapes from an isolated desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants.

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Dr. Matt Hastings
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Stephanie 'Steve' Clayton
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Prof. Gerald Deemer
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Townsend
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In the Arizona desert, Professor Gerald Deemer is experimenting with growth hormones in the hopes of finding a way to increase the world's food supply. His partner in the project was recently found dead in the desert, suffering from a disease that normally takes years to advance but, in his case, seems to have afflicted him in only a few days. The local doctor, Matt Hastings, is puzzled by the strange case and, with Deemer's recently arrived (and very pretty) assistant, Stephanie Clayton, tries to figure out what is going on. When cattle remains are found in the countryside, evidence points to a giant tarantula as the culprit. Written by garykmcd

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Look for a young Clint Eastwood as the (uncredited) leader of the jet squadron that attacks the tarantula in the film's climax. See more »

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In one shot of the tarantula crawling over the mountains, the matte is cut incorrectly, so that one of the spider's legs seems to disappear in mid-air. See more »

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Prof. Gerald Deemer: The disease of hunger, like most diseases, well, it spreads. There are 2 billion people in the world today. In 1975 there'll be 3 billion. In the year 2000, there'll be 3,625,000,000. The world may not be able to produce enough food to feed all these people. Now perhaps you'll understand what an inexpensive nutrient will mean.
Dr. Matt Hastings: Well, not many of us look that far in the future, sir.
Prof. Gerald Deemer: Our business is the future. No man can do it on his own, of course. You don't pull it out of your hat like a ...
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An overlooked classic!!!!!
2 March 2003 | by (pembroke,massachusetts.) – See all my reviews

This is a great horror movie. The story is excellent and the pace is swift and entertaining. The special effects are convincing, and so is the acting. Universal studios did a good job with there early monster movies, like "THE LAND UNKNOWN" and "THE DEADLY MANTIS". Very good horror movie that I highly recommend. 4/5.


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