A lone-wolf scientist sequestered in a mansion near a small desert town arouses the suspicion of the town's doctor when his lab assistant is found dead from a case of acromegaly which took only four days to develop. As the doctor investigates, aided by the scientist's new, and very female, assistant, they discover that, far worse, something much larger and hungrier than it ever should be, is devouring local cattle - and humans - in increasingly large quantities.
|Release Date||:||December 14, 1955|
|Genres||:||Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller|
|Production Company||:||Universal International Pictures (UI)|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Robert M. Fresco, Martin Berkeley|
|Casts||:||John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll, Nestor Paiva, Ross Elliott, Edwin Rand, Raymond Bailey, Hank Patterson, Bert Holland, Steve Darrell, Clint Eastwood|
|Plot Keywords||:||monster, experiment, giant spider, deformation, laboratory, giant monster, scientist, desert, napalm, animal horror|
I was eight when I saw Tarantula on the not-so-big screen. My youthful fear of death led me to a greater concern for the disease caused by the "nutrient" than by a very large spider. It contains a classic moment found in many 50's big monster "movies." Two guys are left behind in a car (which, of course, is in bad need of a tune-up and won't start) with a couple of puny rifles. They, of course, provide an evening meal for the spider. This was probably most people's first exposure to napalm as well.