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Tarantula (1955)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1955 Wide



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A man with a strangely misshapen face wanders out of the desert near a small town and falls to the ground dead. The county sheriff (Nestor Paiva) tentatively identifies the dead man as Eric Jacobs, a laboratory assistant to Professor Deemer (Leo G. Carroll), a research scientist living a few miles out in the desert. But there's something strange about Jacobs; his facial features and bodily extremities are distorted to a point where he's barely recognizable. The sheriff calls in Dr. Matt Hastings

Jun 30, 1993

Universal Pictures

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The tongue-in-cheek tone would foreshadow another monster movie set in the desert, the nearly unsurpassed 1990 throwback Tremors.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source:

... the evil unleashed on human society is the deliberate product of scientific hubris rather than atomic radiation gone astray.

June 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

Back in the 1950s when it was OK to call a woman 'Steve' . . .

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

An easeful appreciation for the image of the poet as spider

April 19, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

One of the '50s icons of sci-fi, featuring a giant tarantula on the rampage.

March 13, 2009

fine entertainment

May 2, 2008

ambling arachnid set against the desert dunes looks almost plausible, even as its furry feet occasionally seem to glide above-ground.

April 20, 2008 Full Review Source:

Uma boa ficção "B", com efeitos visuais que ainda se sustentam e personagens suficientemente interessantes.

October 15, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Above average giant insect fear film

September 12, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Tarantula

Tarantula is yet another terrific monster film from the golden era of giant monsters. The film is a bit slow, but the payoff is exciting and thrilling. The cast do a good job in their performances, but like every other film dealing with giant creatures, the special effects steal away the show. Tarantula is sure to delight genre fans looking for an entertaining monster film. Tarantula delivers some memorable B movie moments, and you come to admire how well this film looks considering the fact that this was made in the 50's. Nowadays, we don't get films like this anymore, and it's always good to revisit the classics. Tarantula is very much in the same category as Them! a giant Ant movie of the same era. Tarantula is a wonderful monster film, one that every genre fan should check out, and it ranks among the finest horror films of the 50's. With a well thought out script, good acting and great effects, Tarantula captivates the viewer with stunning moments of monster mayhem. There are better monster films, and that's including Them! And the Blob, but Tarantula is nonetheless another great addition to the plateau of 1950's monster movies. Using a simple idea, the filmmakers were able to pull off something great with a basic idea. If you enjoy the genre, then give Tarantula shot. This ranks among the best of the decade, and in terms of mutated creature films, this one succeeds at being quite entertaining and is memorable from start to finish. With great acting, a simple, yet engaging story and awesome special effects, Tarantula is an impressive monster film that is sure to appeal to genre fans. Tarantula is yet another great 1950's era monster film that won't disappoint. The film may be a bit slow, but the payoff is worth it.
February 9, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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An enjoyable 50's creature feature in which the effects have aged rather well for the most part. A real tarantula was used in the scenes were the title creature crawls across a miniature desert landscape. There is also a scene where we see a lab full of enlarged animals that looks pretty cool. Despite some entertaining effects, the makeup used for the facial deformities of the professor guy look a bit laughable at times. The movie also boasts from some good acting from the cast, a good dose of atmosphere, and a welcome tongue-in-cheek nature. It is not mind-blowing, but it is a nice little creature feature that does not easily fall into the goofy self-seriousness that plagued some other 50's B-movies. Be on the look out for a young Clint Eastwood, who plays an ariel squad leader that attacks the giant tarantula in the film's blazing climax.
April 7, 2012
Christopher Heim

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"Tarantulas take to the hills!" That is, towering over the hills! This movie is sensational, but not that great in any other department. Overall, it's okay.
November 10, 2010

Super Reviewer

Tarantula is 50's sci-fi gold, complete with a giant guinea pig and a mysterious microphone that appears from time to time in the upper frame of certain scenes. Unless you suffer from severe arachnophobia, this is not a film that will cause you any sleepless nights. It is, however, a lot of fun to watch and a must-see for those who are old enough to remember Saturday nights at the local drive-in theater watching two-for-one "creature features".
December 13, 2009
Randy Tippy

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