Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tarantula (1955)

4 / 5

Tagline: Even Silence Was Stunned!
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Written by: Jack Arnold, Robert M. Fresco
Actors include: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Length: 80 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

We hear of a man who died who looked entirely normal for a long while but then suddenly died from disfigurement. Then we meet a scientist who is working on making animals age very fast and get very large with an injection. Well after an attack the scientist is injected with the serum and starts to take on deformities. Oh did I mention one of the animals he was testing on was a giant tarantula who was freed in the attack? Well it eats everything (although all the gore and guts are cutaway...sorry ooze hounds) but the clever useage of miniatures and props is actually really well done and effective. It's an entertaining little picture that never bites off more than it can chew, and although it's not quite as great as "The Incredible Shrinking Man", it's not far off...plus the ending is great!

Availability:  On DVD in this box set

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