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Giant Spider Invasion [Blu-ray] [Import]

2.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • Release Date: Feb. 2 2016
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B013Q0TCE0
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Format: DVD
The title's a bit ambiguous, isn't it? I mean, is this a giant invasion of spiders, or is it an invasion by a single giant spider? As it turns out, it's a little bit of both. It's also a pretty lousy B-movie ripe for heckling, as the boys at MST3K certainly proved - in retrospect, this one was almost too easy. When you start the dialogue with Alan "Skipper" Hale greeting a visitor to his sheriff's office with the words "little buddy," you know this isn't going to be an exercise in mental acuity. If you've never seen any of the Gilligan's Island gang in their post-Gilligan movie careers, consider yourself lucky because it isn't pretty (although nothing can approach the ignominy of Jim Backus in Angels' Revenge - a film that also featured Alan Hale).

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.
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I've always enjoyed a good enormous insect devouring the Earth film, with some of my favorites being Them! (1954), The Black Scorpion (1957), and even Empire of the Ants (1977), but The Giant Spider Invasion (1975), while having its' moments, barely rates as a blip on the silver screen, or any screen, comparatively speaking.
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.
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Back from the shadows of cheaply made monster movies incorporating a few scares (actually, this had one scare - and I was intoxicated so I'm not certain it was truly meritable of the term "frightening") and a lot of laughs (As the back of the movie's case implies, the "Spider effects" is actually a VW disguised as a Giant Spider from Outer Space, plus there are some laughable yokel mating rituals.) comes The Giant Spider Invasion. It basically adheres to the old monster movie principles, the cheaper the monster and the thinner the reasoning, the better.
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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