Monster Spider crawling terror ... 100 feet high!
The idea is not wrong, fight world's hunger, with a lab food. So
far nothing to say. Unfortunately, the product was generated using
nuclear energy and the scientist's laboratory, of the Prof.Deemer, is
full of giant animals, rabbits, rodents and should know because even a
However, the presence of the spider, although a bit 'strange (what it
has to do with guinea pigs?), gives us a masterpiece, a sci-fi of 1955
under the direction of the great Jack Arnold with Leo G. Carrol
protagonist. A true cult-movie enough to be mentioned (with Michael
Rennie of "The Day The Earth Stood Still") in the opening song of
"Rocky Horror Show" "I knew Leo G. Carroll was over a barrel When
Tarantula Took to the hills. "
Philo monstrous animals and then angry, "Tarantula" is one of the best
of the genre thanks to special effects, made with real animals "glued"
on film with gigantism. But it does not end here, because the film also
has an interesting plot that starts from the news, that for once to
create the disaster is bad luck and not the usual mad scientist.
The scientist there is too and of course is the one mentioned at the
beginning, namely Prof. Deemer starring a perfect Leo G.Carrol,
who is attacked in his office by a monster. The struggle makes the
tarantula, under experiment, can escape from the cage, biting the Prof.
and escape in the usual American desert town of the province,
where, become huge, spreading terror and death. To contrast the beast
there are Dr. Hastings, the assistant woman Deemer, Stephanie Clayton
named "Steve" and even the professor himself now little healthy. What's
more, the monster is relentless and perhaps only the Air Force, led by
a young and unknown Clint Eastwood can do something.
To enrich an already successful film also think highly dramatic
music composed by Herman Stein, that will work with Arnold in "The
Incredible Shrinking Man."
A film that despite being one of the best of its kind and let follow
carefully from beginning to end, it has its good defects. Starting from
the poster, which shows a scene from in "King Kong" style that there
isn't in the movie, but "Tarantula" especially slides on the monster,
because the tarantula has more than two eyes, not to mention that the
spider used in the film is a common one.
A great Jack Arnold, however, in the midst of his best period, the
fifties, the one of the famous masterpieces "It Came From Outer Space",
"Creature From The Black Lagoon" and "The Incredible Shrinking Man",
which reuses the technique of special effects and even a spider.
The American director then is also fortunate to have a cast that gives
the best. Let's start of course by the scientist played by Leo
G.Carroll, english actor famous for his work in major productions and
especially in several films of Alfred Hitchcock and two successful
television series as "Topper" and "The Man From UNCLE" . The female
role of "Steve," strange diminutive no doubt about it, is played by
Mara Corday, most famous for her beauty than for her acting career.
Mara was in fact, model, showgirl, playmate and less actress. His
role in "Tarantula" was the first important and here she meet Clint
Eastwood with whom formed a strong friendship.
John Agar closes the trio of main characters. Another actor from the
intense life and career as well as being the son of a well-known
industrialist, he married Shirley Temple in 1945 and became famous
thanks to some western directed by John Ford and John Wayne. Then a
drop and then return to the cinema thanks to Jack Arnold who relaunched
him "Revenge Of The Creature" and with this film. Over the next several
Agar played the hit TV series and again some western.
Original Title: Tarantula
Alternative Titles: Tarantula (Argentina, Spain),
Óriáspók (Hungary), Giftspindeln (Sweden), Insan
yiyen örümcek (Turkey), Tarantula, Tarantula, a Giant Aranha
(Portugal), Tarantula (Italy), Tarantula - kæmpeedderkoppen
(Denmark), Tarantula! (France), The Giant Tarantula (USA), Tromagmeni
Directed by Jack Arnold
Cast: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G.Carroll, Nestor Paiva, Ross Elliot
Duration: 80 '
Production Company: Universal International Pictures