01 November 2014

The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)
84 min.
Directed Bill Rebane.
With Steve Brodie, Barbara Hale, Alan Hale Jr., Robert Easton, Leslie Parrish, Christiane Schmidtmer, Kevin Brodie, Tain Brodie, Bill Williams, Diane Lee Hart.
Deep from outer space, a huge meteorite crash lands in rural Wisconsin, spraying the countryside with millions of strange, brown, coconut-sized spheres.

(Yeah, we know, but just go with it.)

Before long, these mysterious balls crack open, revealing a tiny army of hairy tarantulas inside.

But these aren't your ordinary Earth spiders. No, these are extraterrestrial bugs, an evil breed of interstellar arachnids that grow to upwards of 50 feet each, threatening to overcome all of mankind and destroy the planet!

Soon, the mammoth spiders are mercilessly killing Wisconsin's finest, en masse. Can NASA investigator Dr. Vance (Brodie) and geoscientist Dr. Langer (Hale) stop this 8-legged onslaught from outer space before it gets out of hand?

Will their bumbling town sheriff (Alan Hale Jr., the Skipper from Gilligan's Island) stay out of the way long enough not to screw things up?

Bad movie lovers will rejoice at this low budget sci fi horror, but all others should give this one a wide berth.

There's hardly an ounce of suspense in the whole effort, poor Barbara Hale (Della Street, from TV's classic Perry Mason) is clearly wondering how she ended up here, and there's a hokey "end of days" subplot which never really takes flight.

Still, for the aforementioned bad flick aficionados, there's a hilarious climax with one of the massive spiders attacking local folk at their annual carnival.

Grab yourself a can of Off, sit back, and enjoy. And heckle. Or not.

Also known as Invasion of the Giant Spiders.

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