Film (1975). Group 75/Transcentury. Directed by Bill Rebane. Written by Robert Easton, Richard L Huff. Cast includes Steve Brodie, Alan Hale, Barbara Hale and Leslie Parrish. 76 minutes. Colour.
Noted by one critic, Michael Weldon, as the Monster Movie with the worst special effects since The Giant Claw (1957), this is fondly remembered as the one where the giant spider was built out of a modified Volkswagen Beetle. The spiders, whose eggs are mistaken for diamonds by a greedy farmer, emerge from a Black Hole (yes) near a small Midwest town, which they terrorize. The script has wonderfully highbrow moments. "It all fits – Einstein's general theory of relativity – everything!" cries Steve Brodie, the tough guy who laconically copes with the situation. The best spider movie of the period was Kingdom of the Spiders (1977), and the best since then has been Arachnophobia (1990). [PN]
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