Tarantula (1955)

Tarantula_1955-686x1024TARANTULA (1955) – A classic Universal monster flick about a killer giant spider. Good effects (for the time) and a stirring score by (an uncredited) Henry Mancini and Herman Stein. Veteran Leo G. Carroll delivers the necessary gravitas, but he’s a clumsy old goat, and a slew of larger-than-they-should-be specimens escape. Fans of Woody Allen’s Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex… may recognize the scene featuring a pretty student intern and the horny hero driving to see the “mad” scientist, who details his research. In Allen’s version, a giant tit rampages though the countryside. Don’t blink or you’ll miss a young Clint Eastwood as a jet pilot delivering napalm and saving the world. DIALOG ALERT: “Well, I think I’ve had enough of the unknown for one afternoon.” Click a look at that great poster. The 2011 Universal Vault version of Tarantula is at Amazon, HERE. New Movies, Fridays ‘Round Midnight.


  • Thomas Parker
    September 28, 2013 - 20:58 | Permalink

    I know everyone loves Them! (I do too) but this is my favorite of the Big Bug movies.

    • Willard
      September 30, 2013 - 11:34 | Permalink

      It’s a good one. Just the right amount of seriousness and general believability. I always thought the final scene showing the townsfolk and the monstrously huge burning spider in the background looked fantastic!

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