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- Rated: PG
- Starring: William Shatner, Tiffany Bolling, Woody Strode
- Written By: Richard Robinson (screenplay), Alan Caillou (screenplay)
- Directed By: John Bud Cardos
- Genre: Bugs, Nature Gone Crazy
- Run Time: 97 minutes
31 Days of Horror Movies: Kingdom of the Spiders
By Robert T. Trate
October 04, 2013
Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)
© Shout! Factory
Halloween is a special time. It is the one time of year when everyone gives of themselves. What they give can be anything from candy to a scare. We thought this October, we here at Mania would give you 31 Horror Films for the 31 days of October. Now, many of you will know these films. Some of you, may not. Get ready for 31 days of Horror Films that will run gauntlet from scary to campy, from horrific to down right ridiculous. Happy Halloween from Mania!
In Hollywood today, they find it necessary to combine two movies to explain a premise of a newer movie. Back in Hollywood’s Golden Era, it was a tad harder to do. One movie that is not from Hollywood’s Golden Era is Kingdom of the Spiders. So to pitch this movie to you, I will say it is Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) meets Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975).
A small town is about to celebrate its big county fair, one of the few resources it has to draw in money. The other main source of income is its cattle industry. Now one farmer, Walter Colby (Woody Strode), has had his prize bull killed. The local Veterinarian, Dr. Rack Hansen (William Shatner), runs some tests and discovers it has numerous spider bites. Turns out that tarantulas attacked the bull. This begins an investigation into why the tarantulas would do this. It turns out that mankind has killed off their food supply and the tarantulas are going after dogs, cats, rabbits, cows, and now man.
This isn’t a great film, but it certainly is a fun one. William Shatner is especially good with two love interests and his cowboy attitude toward the whole thing. Shatner is clearly right where he belongs making the most of bad dialogue and a bad movie. It is Shatner who makes the movie bearable and completely fun.
Now for Halloween, is this one to catch? Well, maybe if your significant other hates and (I mean hates) spiders. No cast member is immune from getting attacked, bitten, or having those hairy things crawling all over them. That is enough to make your skin crawl whenever you watch Kingdom of the Spiders.