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The Spider (1958)

Earth vs the Spider (original title)
Passed | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | September 1958 (USA)
Teenagers from a rural community and their high school science teacher join forces to battle a giant mutant spider.

Director:

Bert I. Gordon

Writers:

László Görög (screenplay) (as Laszlo Gorog), George Worthing Yates (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Kemmer ... Professor Art Kingman
June Kenney ... Carol Flynn
Eugene Persson Eugene Persson ... Mike Simpson (as Gene Persson)
Gene Roth ... Sheriff Cagle
Hal Torey Hal Torey ... Mr. Simpson
June Jocelyn June Jocelyn ... Mrs. Jack Flynn
Mickey Finn ... Sam Haskel
Sally Fraser ... Mrs. Helen Kingman
Troy Patterson Troy Patterson ... Joe
Skip Young ... Sam the Bass Player
Howard Wright Howard Wright ... Jake
Bill Giorgio Bill Giorgio ... Deputy Sheriff Pete Sanders
Hank Patterson ... Hugo the Janitor
Jack Kosslyn ... Mr. Fraser
Bob Garnet Bob Garnet ... Pest Control Man
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Storyline

When a man doesn't come home one night his daughter and her boyfriend go out searching and encounter a giant spider in a cave near the man's wrecked car. Coming back with the Sheriff, the spider is seemingly killed by DDT spraying, and the body then hauled for storage in the high school gymnasium. However, a loud dose of rock music by a teenage garage band revives the arachnid and sends it rampaging through the town. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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The Spider will eat you alive! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Earth vs. the Giant Spider See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Santa Rosa Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The interior of the "unexplored" natural caverns are extremely well lit. See more »

Goofs

When Mike and Carol are exchanging notes, Carol takes the paper and can clearly be seen to write three separate lines of text (ie: she returns to the left-hand margin and begins writing three times), yet when Mike looks at what she's written, it is shown as only two lines. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Cagle: [to a deputy after finding a desiccated body in a cave] Uh, you get back to town and make up a coroner's report. Just put down Jack Flynn as the name and the cause of death... uh...
Mr. Kingman: It was a spider drained all the liquid out of his body.
Sheriff Cagle: [Officiously] Just put down "cause unknown" and let the coroner worry about the rest. That's the trouble with you eggheads - you jump to conclusions! I know what I see and I see a dead man, but, uh, I don't see any spider.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure an 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1991 when the film was granted an 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

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One of the best of Gordon's BIG movies.
23 January 2006 | by rixrexSee all my reviews

I remember the newspaper ads for this as a kid. They showed a hideous spider with the head of a skull, and the tagline: It must eat you to live! Talk about giving a kid nightmares. Never got to see it at the theater but got the videotape and, while not as good as Tarantula, it comes pretty close. Mr BIG (Gordon) always had a knack for getting decent character actors, and he has good ones here, except for the teenage male lead who is pretty lame. He also knew how to keep the story clean and simple, fast-paced and interesting, without much superfluous material to bog down the action. Usually his films were hard-pressed to get to 90 mins, no filler material in them. If you are able to forgive the effects limitations of the times and of the budget, you will enjoy this and not feel that you've wasted your time. And keep your eye out for JOE, the thirty year old high school student!


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