HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Last Picture Show, The
Pathfinder
Skatetown, USA
Donbass
He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not
Mary Poppins Returns
Beyond the Sky
Sorry to Bother You
Last Days, The
Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot, The
Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story
Once Upon a Time in London
King Lear
Under the Silver Lake
Satan's Mistress
Border
Lemonade Joe
Earth Maiden Arjuna
Sons of Katie Elder, The
Soldier, The
Mr. Topaze
Aquaman
One, Two, Three
Bad Times at the El Royale
Caretaker, The
Old Man and the Gun, The
Song of Bernadette, The
Creed II
Anna and the Apocalypse
Return of the Hero
White Reindeer, The
Lizzie
Wicked, Wicked
Faces Places
Strange Woman, The
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Sky Bandits
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Devil's Sword, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Monster Dog: Cujo on Blu-ray
For Christ's Sake: Jesus Christ Superstar and The Last Temptation of Christ
Not In Front of the Children: Inappropriate Kids Movies
Deeper into Ozploitation: Next of Kin and Fair Game
Between the Wars: Babylon Berlin Series 1&2 on DVD
Hard Luck Story: Detour on Blu-ray
Oh, What Happened to You? The Likely Lads on Blu-ray
Killer Apps: The Rise of the Evil 60s Supercomputers
How 1970s Can You Get? Cliff Richard in Take Me High vs Never Too Young to Rock
A Perfect Engine, An Eating Machine: The Jaws Series
Phwoar, Missus! Sexytime for Hollywood
He-Maniacs: Ridiculous 80s Action
All's Welles That Ends Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 1 on DVD
Shut It! The Sweeney Double Bill: Two Blu-rays from Network
Network Sitcom Movie Double Bill: Till Death Us Do Part and Man About the House on Blu-ray
   
 
  Tarantula Along Came A SpiderBuy this film here.
Year: 1955
Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll, Nestor Paiva, Ross Elliott, Edwin Rand, Raymond Bailey, Hank Patterson, Bert Holland, Steve Darrell, Clint Eastwood, Eddie Parker
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: A body has been found in the desert, and Sheriff Andrews (Nestor Paiva) doesn't know what to make of it. The local doctor, Matt Hastings (John Agar), arrives in town and no sooner has he reached his office than he is being telephoned by Andrews and told to meet him over at the morgue. What could be so urgent? wonders Matt until he sees the body and diagnoses the cause of death as acromegalia, a condition that affects the pituitary gland and causes abnormal growth. Yet the dead man was seen a month ago looking perfectly healthy, and acromegalia simply doesn't progress so quickly...

It was not, as you might expect from the title, the bite of a tarantula that caused this anomaly, but our old friend in science fiction films mad science. The real villain is actually the misguided Professor Deemer (Leo G. Carroll, earning himself a mention in the Rocky Horror opening song), and he didn't mean to cause the havoc he does, but it was in the service of the advancement of mankind he carried out these acts against nature, and it is mankind who is going to pay. Not that he was alone, as the dead man was one of his assistants.

An assistant who got a load of his serum that he had been injecting into animals to make them bigger, but when you give it to a human that fast-developing acromegalia, as they call it, is the result and will kill you in a few days. What precisely the purpose of doing so in the first place is unclear, as Deemer explains that he was wanting to make bigger animals for some tasty ways to solve the upcoming food shortage he foresees occuring in the near future, and the only result they could have hoped for with human subjects would be an amazing colossal man or somesuch.

Well, he doesn't get that, but he does get his other assistant, also afflicted, to go on a rampage at the remote lab and inject the Prof with the serum after smashing up the project as best he can. Deemer buries his body in the desert, but it is too late for him - and too late to catch the certain tarantula which has got away after its case was smashed and is now free to roam the countryside. Naturally with a Jack Arnold film that means lots of desert scenery (he would return to giant spider menaces with The Incredible Shrinking Man soon after), and a nice, eerie atmosphere to go with the not-too-bad special efects.

Every good monster movie needs a damsel in distress, and here the role is filled by Mara Corday as "Steve", short for Stephanie and indicating she's operating in a man's world as Deemer's new research assistant. Naturally, she and Matt get to know each other and a romance develops so that the last minute rescue from the eight legged freak can be all the more impressive, but the film spends quite a lot of time on relationships and pussyfoots around showing us any spider horror for most of the first two acts. Keeping the suspense levels up or saving on the budget? You be the judge. As with most of the fifties creature features, you're not intended to feel too sorry for the monster, so nobody cry when Tarantula die, although you may be able to recognise pilot Clint Eastwood flying to the rescue. Not one of the great Arnold science fiction epics, but diverting all the same.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2797 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (6)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Enoch Sneed
Paul Shrimpton
Darren Jones
George White
Stately Wayne Manor
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: