Thursday, 17 March 2016


"Tarantula" (1955, Universal-International, Jack Arnold) is an American monster movie about a giant tarantula terrorising a desert town.

Dr. Matt Hastings (John Agar) is called in to investigate the mysterious death of a deformed man. Hastings is shocked to find that the man is an acquaintance of his, Professor Deemer (Leo G. Carroll), a biological research scientist who has been testing his experiments on a variety of organisms, including his assistant. He had been attempting to find a solution to overpopulation and food shortage, but his serum has differing effects on different creatures. One such creature, a tarantula, has grown to gargantuan proportions. The creature escapes, heading for the town and the locals are forced to try to stop it.

An iconic giant arachnid monster movie that uses impressive techniques for the time to create impressive giant tarantula scenes featuring a real tarantula. Other highlights include the shots from the tarantula's perspective and some humorous 'spider looks through window' scenes. Clint Eastwood also makes an uncredited appearance.

One of my favourite classic 50s giant monster movies, "Tarantula" has an enjoyable plot and is a fine example of this sub-genre of horror.

[Image: Universal-International]