DIRECTED BY: Jack Arnold
STARRING: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll

In the Arizona desert, Professor Gerald Deemer is experimenting with growth hormones in the hopes of finding a way to increase the world’s food supply. His partner in the project was recently found dead in the desert, suffering from a disease that normally takes years to advance but, in his case, seems to have afflicted him in only a few days. The local doctor, Matt Hastings, is puzzled by the strange case and, with Deemer’s recently arrived (and very pretty) assistant, Stephanie Clayton, tries to figure out what is going on. When cattle remains are found in the countryside, evidence points to a giant tarantula as the culprit.

We have a giant tarantula on the loose and on a killing spree in the classic called, well, Tarantula! Starting off as a science experiment gone wrong, mutated people lead into a full-on giant spider which leads to a young scientist and a lady he has his eye on going on a chase to fix all of it. If you like retro and old-school horror you’ll enjoy this classic. Of course, you’ll have to be a fan of these old school black and white creature features to get the full effect of what something like this offers up. It might not always be the best-paced film you’ve seen, but it isn’t very long and it packs a vibe that makes for great viewing in the middle of the night.

Tarantula comes to us on DVD from Umbrella and doesn’t have any extras, but it does play in a region 1 player and that is always a good thing. I like watching stuff like this now because it catches my eye on how they were able to pull things like this off back in the day. Is it cheesy? Yes, it is. But I don’t think cheesy is always a bad thing and Tarantula offers up some fun to be had in this black and white creature feature. Like most giant insect movies you might wish we got a little more tarantula to go with things, but I overall had a good time with it and I think you will too.


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