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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 ... 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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Taglines:

50 TONS OF CREEPING BLACK HORROR! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The last of Bert I. Gordon's "giant special effects" features from the 1950s. He would not do another until 1965's "Village of the Giants." See more »

Goofs

As the giant spider descends down the cave wall you can see the string tied around it that is lowering it. See more »

Quotes

Mike Simpson: Suddenly I feel hungry.
Carol Flynn: Me too.
Mike Simpson: Hey I just remembered, I've got a candy bar with me!
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Journey to the Seventh Planet (1961) See more »

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Sometimes low budget works well after all
29 March 2008 | by rooster_davisSee all my reviews

This is a pretty funny 'horror' movie. It must have been great fun to watch at a drive-in 'back when' but now it's really campy. One of the big weaknesses of this movie is that most of the 'teenage' type actors are beyond the believable age range. The main character high school boy's friend (who is also supposedly a high school student) is played by someone who is - and looks every day of - 35 years old. And did you know that spiders actually make a high-pitched screaming noise? That part was news to me. If you go for these old horror / monster type movies, you could give this one a try - but keep something in backup just in case you decide this isn't worth your time, which might possibly be the case.


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