Scream Theater Vol 8 (Ruby/Kiss of the Tarantula) (DVD Review)
Where to get it: VCI Entertainment
Director: Curtis Harrington
Piper Laurie (the mother in the horror classic Carrie) plays Ruby, a mother whose mute daughter becomes possessed by the spirit of her murdered father. In one terrifying night of horror, he exacts his revenge on his assassins.
We got a bit of a drive-in massacre on our hands with this old school horror film from 1977. The gang has taken out one of their own and that person’s daughter is now possessed and raising hell with the former gang members. This movie looks its age, but that isn’t what I’d call a bad thing. It gives us some very throwback type characters that keep things interesting as well. We also have some creative ways these people are being killed off. Those elements make for an unspectacular, but a fun film.
And for what it is worth, the acting here isn’t bad. This is the type of film you’ll want to watch when you are wide awake and very interested in something lesser known. It does have a little bit of a slower pace so unless you go in with full attention and awake it might get a little dull in areas. I still found it creative enough for what it is. And while not great, it does pack a cheese factor that is welcomed and could be a whole heck of a lot worse.
Kiss of the Tarantula (1975)
Director: Chris Munger
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.