Kiss of the Tarantula (1976) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Chris Munger
Starring: Ernesto Macias, Suzanna Ling, Herman Wallner
Rated: PG/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from VCI Entertainment
Mommy and Daddy operate and live in a mortuary with their daughter, Susan, who collects tarantula spiders and has always been ostracized by her friends because… well, she’s a little bit strange. In true schlocky b-movie horror fashion, this is a real All-American Dysfunctional Family! So when Susan discovers that mommy dearest is plotting to have dear old dad killed… well, this puts sweet little Susie over the top and she pulls out all the stops, making good use of her father’s mortuary and her creepy little playmates to exact horrendous revenge!
What we have here is a bit of a hidden gem folks. I wouldn’t say it is on a classic level because it does fall short of that. But what we get with this film is a whole lot of stuff that comes together to make a very cool and interesting flick that still manages to hold attention to spite being PG. And of course PG in the 70s was a lot different, but anyway. We got a sweet girl here who loves spiders. And if you mess with her spiders, her, or her father, you’ve asked for a bad bad day. And that is what takes place here with a group of drunks. But that is only the start if this complicated story.
Our female lead also has an uncle who loved her whore of a mother and seems to have some very creepy feelings for her. He just so happens to be a cop and when people she holds a grudge against start kicking the bucket things get very complicated and interesting all around. Ultimately things are low on blood and as with most old school horror films of this nature; things do get at a creeping pace from time to time. But I do think this movie holds a very intriguing environment and it also has a lot of spiders and I think spiders are very freaky. That all being the case, I think I’d give this movie just a nudge over the average marker and say a lot of you WILL enjoy it.
– New 2018 Commentary with David De Valle and David Decoteau
– Original Trailer
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 87%