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Tarantula (Jack Arnold, 1955)
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Technical Information
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Type..................: Movie
Container file........: AVI
Video Format..........: H.264
Total Bitrate.........: 2437 Kbps
Audio format..........: AC3
Audio Languages.......: English 1.0
Subtitles Ripped......: Spanish
Subtitles in Subpack..: Spanish, French
Resolution............: 640x480
Aspect Ratio..........: 1.33:1
Original Aspect Ratio.: 1.33:1 (according to dvdbeaver) (IMDB wrong here)
Color.................: B&W
FPS...................: 23.976
Source................: NTSC DVD
Duration..............: 01:20:01
Genre.................: Sci-Fi, Horror
IMDb Rating...........: 6.5
Movie Information.....: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048696/
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Plot Synopsis by Bruce Eder (allmovie.com)

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 (John Agar), the local physician, who makes a
diagnosis of acromegalia, a glandular disorder that affects the body's growth.
He also tells the sheriff that it can't possibly be acromegalia, because
symptoms as pronounced as those he sees in this case take years to develop, and
the man was in perfect health just three months earlier. Hastings refuses to
believe the professor's account of Jacobs' rapid deterioration, but the sheriff
takes the word of the scientist. Back in his laboratory, Deemer continues his
work, going over tests of a chemical on various animals, all of which are
jumbo-sized, including guinea pigs the size of rabbits, baby mice the size of
full-grown rats, and a tarantula three feet long. Suddenly, the professor is
attacked by his assistant (Eddie Parker), whose face and hands are distorted in
the same manner as Jacobs, and who injects the helpless scientist with the
experimental chemical before collapsing dead. A fire starts during the attack
and in the confusion, the tarantula's glass cage is broken and it escapes the
burning laboratory, wandering out into the desert. Weeks go by, and a new
assistant, Stephanie "Steve" Clayton (Mara Corday), arrives to begin work for
the professor. When Hastings gives her a ride to Deemer's home, the scientist
explains to the doctor that he's been working on a radioactive nutrient, that,
if perfected, could feed the entire world's population. He also says that Eric
Jacobs made the mistake of testing the chemical on himself and it caused the
disease that killed him. Hastings and Steve begin a romance, unaware that
wandering around the desert is the tarantula from Deemer's laboratory, now grown
to the size of an automobile and getting bigger with each passing day. Soon
livestock and then people begin disappearing, and the sheriff is at a loss to
explain any of it, or the one clue left behind in each case: large pools of what
seems to be some kind of venom next to the stripped skeletons of the victims.
Hastings takes some of the material in for a test; meanwhile, Steve notices that
Deemer is going through some bizarre changes. His mood has darkened and his
features now appear to be changing, as the acromegalia, caused by the injection,
manifests itself. Hastings learns that one of the professor's test animals was a
tarantula, which was presumed destroyed. When he learns that the pools near the
deaths are composed of spider venom -- equivalent to what it would take many
thousands of spiders to generate -- he's certain that the tarantula from the
laboratory survived. By this time, the title creature is bigger than a house and
ravaging the countryside, killing everything in its path and knocking down power
lines and telephone poles as it moves. Hastings arrives just in time to rescue
Steve from the attacking creature, which destroys Deemer's house and kills the
professor. The sheriff and the highway patrol are unable to slow the creature,
now the size of a mountain and moving at 45 miles an hour, even with automatic
rifle fire, as it follows the road through the desert toward the town. Even an
attempt to blow it up with dynamite fails when the monster walking right through
the blast. Finally, the creature is poised to attack the town, when jets
scrambled from a nearby Air Force base (led by a young Clint Eastwood, barely
recognizable behind an oxygen mask) swoop in. When rockets fail to divert the
monster from its path, the jets roar in for a second pass and drop enough napalm
to incinerate the creature.

CAST
John Agar - Dr. Matt Hastings
Mara Corday - Stephanie "Steve" Clayton
Leo G. Carroll - Prof. Gerald Deemer
Nestor Paiva - Sheriff Jack Andrews
Ross Elliott - John Burch
Clint Eastwood - 1st Pilot
Edwin Rand - Lt. John Nolan
Hank Patterson - Josh
Bert Holland - Barney Russell
Steven Darrell - Andy Anderson
Raymond Bailey - The Old Man / Townsend
Dee Carroll - Telephone Operator
Edgar Dearing - Miner
Donald Dillaway - Jim Bagney
Jane Howard - Coed Secretary
Jim Hyland - Trooper Grayson
Tom London
Bob Nelson
Eddie Parker - Paul Lund
Vernon Rich - Ridley
Bing Russell - Deputy
Bob Stephenson - Warehouseman
Jack Stoney - Helper
Stuart Wade - Major
Billy Wayne - Murphy
Rusty Wescoatt - Driver
Bud Wolfe - Bus Driver

CREW
Jack Arnold - Director
William Alland - Producer
Martin Berkeley - Screenwriter
Robert M. Fresco - Screenwriter
George Robinson - Cinematographer
Joseph E. Gershenson - Musical Direction/Supervision / Composer
Henry Mancini - Composer (Music Score)
Herman Stein - Composer (Music Score)
William Morgan - Editor
Alexander Golitzen - Art Director
Alfred Sweeney - Art Director
Russell A. Gausman - Set Designer
Ruby Levitt - Set Designer
Jay A. Morley, Jr. - Costume Designer
Leslie I. Carey - Sound/Sound Designer
Frank H. Wilkinson - Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore - Makeup
David S. Horsley - Special Effects
Clifford Stine - Special Effects
Frank Shaw - First Assistant Director

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SOME REVIEWS

Fernando F. Croce

"The desert gives people wonderful ideas," it is said here. Jack Arnold seizes
it with his first image, a lateral scan of the Arizona prairie that catches a
furry mutant stumbling about in striped pajamas and dropping dead. The nature of
the corpse befuddles doctor John Agar and sheriff Nestor Paiva, but the local
scientist (Leo G. Carroll) assures them there's nothing out of the ordinary
before retiring to his lab, which houses a rodent the size of a tapir and a
tarantula quickly growing "hundreds, even thousands of times its regular size."
A scuffle gets Carroll injected with his own "concentrated nutrient" serum
(which leads to expressionistic makeup) and frees the arachnid, which proceeds
to brunch on cattle and farmers. Curiosity and dread exist side by side in
Arnold's view of the unknown, the arid landscape admired by Agar and Mara Corday
("serene, quiet... strangely evil") is tranquil one moment and quaked by
boulders the next. The director is a Cold War surrealist with an endless
fascination for the strangeness of the cosmos and, like Walt Whitman and
Cronenberg, an easeful appreciation for the image of the poet as spider -- the
fearsome colossus here is an eight-legged King Kong, imbued with a seismic
rattle and a lion's roar, emerging unscathed from a dynamite blast to creep
toward the camera. The dreamlike effects have the tarantula dismantling an
edifice to claim its creator and then facing a napalm blitzkrieg (led by a young
Clint Eastwood), but Arnold sees nature as no less beguiling than artifice, and
includes a couple of choice documentary minutes of a spider defending its home
against a marauding serpent, all "part of the world around us."
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By Jenn Dlugos, 2004-10-01

Tarantula was one of Universal’s first "giant-animal-type-monster wreaks havock
on helpless civilians" movie. The times of the more humanistic monsters, like
Frankenstein and Dracula, have passed and now bigger = better. As far as mutant
monsters go, Tarantula is one of the most solid films ever created.

Professor Gerald Deemer (played by the brilliant Leo G. Carroll. *bursts into
song* Leo G Carroll was over a barrel, when Tarantula took to the hill... er...
sorry) is a typical mad scientist who is working on a formula to end world
hunger. Mainly, he is injecting animals with this serum that make them larger.
For some reason, his lab is full of animals most humans would not eat despite
famishment, such as rats and oh, say, giant tarantulas. But whatever. The
tarantula escapes and gets exponentially larger. This is complicated by the fact
that Professor Deemer has injected himself with the serum (the first Viagra,
apparently) and only has several days to live. So, like all monster movies, it
is up to some hot guy and some beautiful chick to save the day.

Atomic creatures were all the rage in this period because science was just
understanding the capability of the atom (atomic bombs, etc.). Today, most of
these monster movies seem dated, but Tarantula still seems to hold up. This is
probably due to the fact that we are still battling many of these issues today
(i.e. world hunger, and when I leave my aquarium cage unlocked - giant
tarantulas on the loose). Not to mention, everything came to a frightful
conclusion that involved nukes which is surely a modern day issue. And here’s a
little trivia point for the rest of you. Look very closely at the pilot of the
plane in the climax. It’s none other, than a very young Clint Eastwood.

I can see how this movie was considered absolutely terrifying in its time. For a
1950s film, the special effects were excellent. Sure, there were some blatant
use of movie screens, but some shots -- especially when the giant spider is off
in the distance -- are absolutely chilling. Even for me, a person who has
tarantulas as pets, the film was downright eerie. I can’t imagine what it would
be like for someone who is terrified or even apprehensive of all things
arachnid. I’m pretty sure some of my friends would slip into terror-induced
comas.

Special effects alone do not make terror; there are many lesser giant spider
films. The plot of Tarantula is what sold me. I always gives a thumbs up for
creativity, and inflating animals in an attempt to stop world hunger is
something I couldn’t think of. And I have all sorts of strange things going on
in my head (shut up, Nate). Sure the tarantulas were a bit of a stretch, but
tarantulas are a delicacy in some countries (pauses for readers to cringe.
Better? Proceeding…). Tarantula has a trio of storylines that dovetail nicely
into each other. The giant tarantula on the loose was the primary story, but
Prof Gerald Deemer’s struggle with his science, and the two main heroes’
struggle with their love for each other braided together into a film that was
“more than your typical monster movie.“ This film had heart and soul as well as
scares which is what made it a step above the rest.

Tarantula is a staple in the classic horror community and a movie you absolutely
should have seen by now. It is monster movie cinema at its absolute finest. It
has its share of comic relief (keep an evil eye out for the tarantula training
video in the middle of the movie -a personal favorite arbitrary piece of
celluloid). It’s especially fun to watch with someone is an arachnaphobe.
Especially if they do not know that you have no qualms about holding your pet
tarantula at all.
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