25 Apr 2009

Hate Spiders, Love Spider Films

They may be fairly small, even the biggest ones ever recorded may only reach the size of a dinner plate, but spiders make for great creature feature bad guys. Not only are spiders an innate fear for many of us, they are physically perfect for movie monsters. Compared to any other insects, mollusks, crustaceans, or amphibians of a similar size, spiders are fast, clever, carnivorous,and most importantly scary-looking. Therein they also successfully lend themselves very well to mutation and giantism,where others look slightly more ridiculous (check out the giant chicken in Food of The Gods 1976) So whether they be standard house spiders, tarantulas, or genetically mutated; spiders are a formidable filmic foe.  

Hate Spiders, love spider films? Try Tarantula (1955), Spider aka Earth vs The Spider (1958), Kingdom of The Spiders (1977), Arachnophobia (1990)

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