The Giant Spider Invasion

The Giant Spider Invasion

Steve Brodie
Director: Bill Rebane Cast: Steve Brodie
Steve Brodie
, Barbara Hale
Barbara Hale
, Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr.
Bill Rebane

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Overview

Bill Rebane's backyard wonder is a hilariously hokey throwback to the giant-monster flicks of the 50s, while taking its only pseudo-scientific conceit from the mid-70s trend of popular "black hole" theories, combining these two elements to create pure bad-movie heaven. A tiny, decrepit town in rural Wisconsin is rocked by a mysterious explosion, after which a drunken farmer (Robert Easton) discovers dozens of crystal geodes strewn across his property. Cracking each one open reveals a diamond-like encrustation (which to the farmer's dismay proves nearly worthless), as well as a hairy but decidedly un-cosmic tarantula. Being permanently soused, he fails to notice the latter (his equally boozy wife accidentally purees one in her daiquiri!) until the rocks begin opening on their own, and the entire farm is overrun with eight-legged invaders. Despite the title, only one of the spiders would qualify for giant status, but it's definitely a keeper: the Big Daddy arachnid is quite clearly a Volkswagen Beetle covered with black fake fur, with legs operated by the car's passengers and taillights doubling for glowing red eyes. Unfortunately, it is merely glimpsed through much of the film, making its triumphant appearance in the final few minutes.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/2020
UPC: 0764595881030
Original Release: 1975
Source: Dark Force Ent
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 14,523

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Brodie Dr. Vance
Barbara Hale Dr. Jenny Langer
Alan Hale Sheriff
Robert Easton Dan Kester
Leslie Parrish Ev Kester
Christiane Schmidtmer Helga
Kevin Brodie Dave Perkins
Tain Bodkin Preacher
Bill Williams Dutch
Dianne Lee Hart Terri
Paul Bentzen Billy

Technical Credits
Bill Rebane Director,Producer
Richard Albain Special Effects
Robert Easton Screenwriter
L. Richard Huff Producer,Screenwriter
Robert Millay Special Effects
Barbara Pokras Editor
Jack Willoughby Cinematographer

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