Kingdom of the Spiders Reviews
The thing that makes this horror film different than any other is the terrible acting and horrible effects. This doesn?t mean it was a bad film though, the terrible acting made it fun to watch and the special effects made you laugh. This movie starts out with William Shatner staring as an animal doctor that has trouble finding the reason the town animals are dying. The movie is so stupid and cheesy, you almost enjoy watching it. The airplane scene really humored me due to the man doing everything possible NOT to get the spiders off.
I do have to give it to the costume department for the well-designed outfits. This is one of the few good parts of this film. They did a good job keeping the whole ?horror? part of the movie descent by still having a creepy dead person in every other scene.
Coming from a teenager that is use to watching 21st century movies, I do give this movie two thumbs up. Even though this movie was a complete joke, you should take in consideration of the budget the director had to work with.
I understand the fact that the reason they may have made the movie was to scare people and get the point across that we need to stop putting chemicals everywhere in that time period. I think that's a great point to a movie, but they never emphasized the point enough. The female doctor said only one line about it and at that time period, people may not be inclined to listen to a female.
There were thousands of spiders all throughout the movie and it was a very exaggerated, to the point of being unrealistic and comical. It became very pathetic very quickly.
The dialogue of the movie was ridiculous as well. It wasn't very interesting which made the movie boring in a short amount of time.
I did like the costumes and sets. It's always interesting to me to look at what stores and houses looked like in the late 70s and what people wore then too.
The cinematography of the movie was not great either. I know it's made in the late 70s, but I think some of the camera shots and angles could have been better. For the 70s, the special effects with the spiders and the webs were not bad! However, the last scene was poor. It looked more like a drawing than anything else.
The pace of the movie was very conflicting. The plot moved very fast from the beginning of the movie from the spiders killing animals to all of a sudden killing people. However, the entire movie moved very slow because of how uninteresting the movie was.
This movie was definitely cheesy and I found that most of the time it was hard to follow the story, mainly because there was very little explanation of why certain things happened. The movie did give a creepy feeling because there is spider's that are taking over the world and are killing people. There was little to none character build up.
It did have an environmental/political message about insecticides, which I guess is a good thing, although I doubt that anybody was impacted by the message though, since the movie is highly fictional.
Overall it wasn't that bad, I've seen worse, but I recommend you give it a try, but don't expect much from it, unless you're a wimp and get scared by spiders...
I also did like the ending of the movie, yes cliffhangers can be fun; but in this situation I would have liked to seen some kind of resolution of the movie. Whether that be everyone dying, or more excitingly there being some kind of cure or extermination to solve the spider problem. The movie took too long to get into action and I wish I would have been drawn into the movie sooner. Also the very last scene of the movie when the camera was zooming out of the house and showing the big picture of the town was awful. I would have liked to have seen something I don't want to say realistic but something that wasn't so obviously a drawing.
The spiders however did a fantastic job and were creepy and mysterious as all spiders should be. Being one of my favorite animals I was glad to see them be recognized to their full potential of horrific creatures that should leave you feeling itchy and jumpy.