Giant Spider Invasion [Blu-ray] [Import]
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This film takes place in the ultra-exciting surroundings of the Wisconsin countryside. Apparently, the big invasion either got off-course or the invaders were looking for easy pickings (or perhaps they just really, really like cheese). The invaders have a fairly explosive arrival, but no one seems to care very much - except the sheriff, who quickly gets annoyed with all the reports of cars and electrical gizmos suddenly not working that night. The next day, the biggest rube in Wisconsin finally meanders out into his field to find some mutilated cows and mysterious rocks. These rocks start turning up everywhere, and - amazingly - no one seems to notice the fact that really hairy spiders crawl out of the things when they finally burst. A local scientist does care about all of the unusual scientific readings she is suddenly getting in the area, and her reports encourage NASA to send out a greasy scientist to see what's what. The two of them come up with a cockamamie story about a black hole hitting the earth spewing out alien spiders.Read more ›
Directed by Bill Rebane, whose other credits include Monster a-Go Go (1965) and The Capture of Bigfoot (1979), stars Steve Brodie as NASA scientist J.R. Vance. Now, Brodie looked familiar, but I couldn't recall what other films I've seen him in until I looked up his bio and saw such cinematic flotsam as The Wild World of Batwoman (1966) and Jerry Warren's Frankenstein Island (1981)...ugh...I'm still reeling from that last one. The film also stars Barbara Hale (from TV's Perry Mason) as Dr. Jenny Langer, character actor Robert Easton, and Alan Hale Jr. aka the skipper from Gilligan's Island...oh man, I feel a serious cinematic hurting coming on...
The film starts out with some kind of foreign object traveling to Earth, crashing spectacularly on Dan Kester's farm in Hicksville, Wisconsin (okay, the town wasn't named Hicksville, but it shoulda been, given the complete idiotic, backwoods nature of the residents we've met so far). Shortly after impact of the extraterrestrial object, residents begin reporting problems with radios and televisions, but that's the extent of incident. No one really seems to have noticed that a fairly large object from outer space has slammed into a Wisconsin pasture, and even the farmer puts off investigating until the next day. A scientist, Dr. Langer, working at the local observatory does report strange and unusual readings to NASA...to which they dispatch Dr. Vance to investigate.Read more ›
Here we have the story of a small Wisconsin town that experiences an unknown object plummeting to Earth, landing close to the farmhouse of the unsavory Dan and Ev Kester. Upon closer inspection of the impact site, the Kesters find droves of their livestock mutilated and worry about what did it, too, until they discover geodes filled with what look to be diamonds - and a more sinister eight-legged cargo that is initially overlooked. Enter the NASA scientists and their loosely scientific hypothesis that states that the crash site is actually a "black hole" emanating energy feeding some soon to be gigantic spiders and you have a truly fun-filled, barely budgeted monster movie!
Be forewarned that the plot is thin, the actors (with the exception of Alan Hale AKA "The Skipper") are subpar, and the effects are almost nonexistent. Knowing this ahead of time, however, leaves you room to enjoy this flashback to an enjoyable time in "horror" cinema. Buy it and experience VW love once again!
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Bad. That's the only way to say it. This movie is "no-budget" film making trying to make an effects extravaganza. And failing. Read morePublished on June 24 2004 by The Brain
One of the giant spiders in this ridiculous movie is built around a VW bug! Actually it doesn't look that much more ridiculous than any of the other creepy crawlies here. Read morePublished on May 13 2003 by James Milton
I saw GIANT SPIDER INVASION double billed with AT THE EARTH'S CORE when it was first released at a drive-in in 1975; I was 6 years old. Read morePublished on July 6 2002 by Sinistar
Director Bill Rebane strikes again with this wonderful trashy film about rural rednecks and giant spiders. A meteor crashes on a ranch and bugs emerge from the crater. Read morePublished on May 29 2002 by Kevin P. Coon