Sunday, October 6, 2013

Tarantula, 1955: Giant Monster Movie: Jack Arnold

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Tarantula is a good example of the 1950's giant monster movie sub genre. It's directed by Jack Arnold and written by Robert M. Fresco and Martin Berkeley. The main stars were Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll, and John Agar.

In Tarantula, an experiment on giantism goes awry in an outlying desert laboratory. The scientist wanted to find a way to end starvation, but a spider gets infected with the formula. The huge arachnid goes on a free-for-all destructive binge. The setting is in Arizona where the local population panics, of course. After some failed tactics, the populace is saved from further attack, when a jet fighter squadron bombards it with napalm.

 This is the tradition of spider movies from which Big Ass Spider emerges. Below is an interview with Jack Arnold discussing the making of the movie.

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