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wrrlykam 11/4/2012 5:52:57 AM

Watch Tarantula a week ago. Still works for me.

Yeah you can see those Eastwood eyebrows and hear that voice in the cockpit in the last few minutes.

doublec 11/4/2012 10:02:21 AM

 Two greats from the 50's. Tarantula is absolutely one of the top films in the subgenre, behind Them and my personal favorite, The Deadly Mantis. Tarantula has that great subplot about how the growth drug affects humans, and one of the all-time great SFX scenes as the tarantula walks from miles away right up to Mara Corday (The Queen of Bug Movies)'s window. And of course, how can any movie with Nestor Paiva as the sheriff be bad?
Earth vs the Spider (which I saw originally under the title The Spider (It Must Eat You To Live) ) was a number of notches down in quality but a great example of AIP at its drive-in best. Always like the scene where after the spider rampages through downtown it's shown destroying a quiet residential neighborhood-one that probably looked just like the one where most 50's moviegoers lived!

doublec 11/4/2012 2:43:11 PM

 And interestingly Hank Patterson is in BOTH films. He plays Josh the nosy desk clerk in Tarantula.

metalpause 11/4/2012 3:12:01 PM

 The Giant Spider Invasion... Helllooooo????! 

isgrimner 11/5/2012 8:41:03 AM

I don't have arachnophobia, but I'm probably not too far away from it.  No other insect or animal gives me the heeby jeebies like spiders do.   It starts with the multiple eyes, I think.  I dislike the hairy ones the most. 

 

tjanson 11/5/2012 8:55:31 AM

Doublec...so right about Hank Patterson...how weird is that?  That must have looked good on his resume.

DarthoftheDead 11/5/2012 2:18:30 PM

 I love all these kind of Movies' especially "Them", great article, Tim!

tjanson 11/5/2012 4:19:11 PM

I wish that some of the lesser known films would pop up more often on TV

tjanson 11/5/2012 4:19:11 PM

I wish that some of the lesser known films would pop up more often on TV

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