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Kingdom of the Spiders

William Shatner , Tiffany Bolling , John 'Bud' Cardos    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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William Shatner as "Rack" & Tiffany Bolling as his love interest in this utterly laughable, fun, and cheesy B-horror film from the past. Shatner's over the top performance as Rack is worth the price of this DVD alone! (Just under a sawbuck!)
The effects are quite UNSPECIAL as well as the acting from the supporting cast. The Shat, however, more than makes up for ANY marginal acting of the supporting cast.
After Shatner, the best performance in this fun stinker of a movie is "Bessie" the cow while being attacked by spiders in the very first scene. Bessie highly surpasses her owners acting performance and clearly OUTSHINES everyone but Rack in this film.
A great cheese-filled ending to the picture too!
If you like b-grade horror, you will certainly enjoy this "peice of SHAT" film!
Happy Watching!
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Small, hairy creatures terrorize William Shatner, and I'm not talking about his toupees. Kingdom of the Spiders (1977), directed by stuntman/actor/director/producer John 'Bud' Cardos who later directed the miserably dismal Outlaw of Gor (1989).
The film stars William 'Mr. Tambourine Man' Shatner as Dr. Robert 'Rack' Hansen, along with once aspiring singer and fairly attractive Tiffany Bolling as entomologist Diane Ashley, and Woody Strode as Walter Colby, a small time rancher with big time problems of the hairy, creepy eight legged kind.
The movie starts of with Colby's prize calf becoming sick of 'mysterious' causes, but seeing as how the title of this feature is Kingdom of the Spiders, it's no big task for the viewer to assume the spiders got at it, but the characters aren't let in on it until a little later in the movie. Also, we are given a number of scurrying, point of view shots on the ground near the calf prior to its' becoming ill, indicating that many small, quick creatures had their way with the bovine. Dr. Robert 'Rack' Hansen, the local veterinarian, is called, and he takes some samples from the dying calf, and sends them off to the 'big city' for further analysis. Thus enters Diane Ashely, entomologist to further investigate the matter, and also to provide a rather awkward love interest subplot for Shatner's character. She informs Rack that the calf died of spider venom, to which he has a hard time believing, until Mr. Colby speaks of a giant spider mound on his property, one crawling with tarantulas up the wazoo. Diane is amazed to see such a concentration of spiders in one place, and proposes some rather lame theories to help justify the main crux of the film, namely why thousands, even millions of spiders that are about to descend on the small, Arizona town.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best "Nature Gone Wild" Films Feb. 19 2004
Version reviewed: GoodTimes DVD, "Special Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition", 2002, 95 minutes
My personal enjoyment rating: 10 out of 10
My recommendation rating: 9 out of 10. Explanation of recommendation rating: "A must see for everyone who is a fan of the genre. Anyone seriously or casually interested in film should enjoy it or at least find something interesting about it."
In my view, this is one of the best entries in the "Nature Gone Wild" subgenre of horror. While it's firmly entrenched in its mid-1970's style--which means that fans looking only for lots of gore, action, big-budget special effects and lots of gratuitous nudity should look elsewhere (although none of these elements are quite absent)--director John "Bud" Cardos (who also directed the underrated _Mutant_ in 1984) manages to make the film surprisingly visceral and downbeat, especially in contrast to an almost "made-for-television" sheen. The real triumph of the film is that, fueled by the performances (including a great one from star William Shatner), it begins like an intriguing and slightly comic drama, and gradually turns into a nihilistic shocker, with all the atmosphere of (and a couple literal nods to) Alfred Hitchcock's _The Birds_ (1963) and George Romero's _Night Of The Living Dead_ (1969), and it has a serious environmental and philosophical subplot/subtext to boot (as does _Mutant_).
On the negative side, this GoodTimes DVD, despite the "Special Edition" moniker, only contains a decent transfer (it's clear with good sound, but a bit wobbly a couple times), in full screen (which may or may not be the original aspect ratio), and no special features. Still, despite this drawback, it's great to have this film on DVD, and you shouldn't pass it up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eight Hairy Legs Of Love... Feb. 7 2004
William Shatner is Robert "Rack" Hanson in this crawly magnum opus from John "Bud" Cardos. Rack is the veterinarian of a small town in Arizona. He's called out to a farm where a 200 lb. calf has taken ill. The calf dies and Rack is on the case! He sends a blood sample to the lab for tests, and finds out that the animal died from spider venom. This information is delivered to him by beautiful entimologist Diane Ashley (Tiffany Bolling). Together, they also learn that the venom is 5x more potent than normal tarantula venom. Rack is called back to the farmer's place after a "spider-hill" is found, containing a colony of hundreds of tarantulas. Later, the farmer's dog dies from another tarantula attack. The farmer burns the spider-hill with kerosene. Then, the farmer himself is attacked while driving down the freeway. He is found in a ravine, cocooned in webs. Meanwhile, some 20 more spider-mounds are discovered. Rack and Diane race to find a way to stop the onslaught, while the mayor decides to spray poison on the arachnid horde. The spraying is cut short when the pilot is killed in mid-air by our fuzzy friends! Eventually, Rack and Diane are barracaded in a lodge while the entire town is inundated by the tarantula army of death. KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS is a tale of what happens when we over-use pesticides. Much like "Frogs" or "Squirm", KOTS is an ecological revenge / horror film. Shatner is surprisingly restrained for most of the movie. Though he's more like a cowboy than a veterinarian, he does come off as genuine. Of course, my favorite actors were of the eight-legged variety! I liked this one a lot...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oh what a tangled web we weave
An Arizona town is a last chance for a snack on the great spider migration. They'll get you and your little dog too. Read more
Published 10 months ago by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars bon produit
exellent de pouvoir enfin voir ce classique comme il se doit ca vaut vraiment la peine
Published on Feb. 8 2010 by Yves Rajotte
4.0 out of 5 stars GOODTIMES WITH RACK
The quality of this DVD is suprisingly good, considering it's from Goodtimes Video. Like another reviewer stated, too bad it's fullframe.
This is a entertaining movie. Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by T. A. Hansen
1.0 out of 5 stars Beam me up, Scotty.
First off, I haven't truly been scared by a movie since I was 3, and that was Terminator 2. So take this review with a grain of salt.
Published on May 1 2004 by Erant
4.0 out of 5 stars Want some good laughs? Check this movie out!
By no means is this movie good. But, I enjoy watching awful B-movies, and this is one of the best out there. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by Matt
2.0 out of 5 stars Classic '70s sci-fi trash
In yet another one of those don't-mess-with-Mother-Nature science-fiction flicks, William Shatner plays a small-town veterinarian who, along with a university researcher (Bolling),... Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004 by ACS
4.0 out of 5 stars Too many spiders!
This movie is jam-packed with spiders. If you have arachnophobia, you might want to watch something else! Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2003 by Nathan Scott Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars William Shatner vs. thousands of evil spiders?!! I'm sold!!
"I've never seen anything like it!" -That must be the most said line in the film! To be honest I've never seen anything like it either, well maybe a little like it. Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2003 by B-MAN
4.0 out of 5 stars A great bad movie
This probabably deserves a half-star, but within the context of all time stinkers -- I'll give it 4 stars. Shatner is over the top. But you knew that. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2003 by S. Harris
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