Kingdom of the Spiders
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Kingdom of the Spiders (Special Edition)
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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!
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.Read more ›
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.
The 2002 Goodtimes DVD is impressive for this film. I rented this on VHS at a video store that doesn't exist anymore and no one else has it. Imagine my surprise when I saw it on DVD! The film is presented in a Standard screen version only with chapter selection, not to mention great keep case art - Shatner kneeling over a woman covered in spiders!Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Nov. 11 2013 by bernie
exellent de pouvoir enfin voir ce classique comme il se doit ca vaut vraiment la peinePublished on Feb. 8 2010 by Yves Rajotte
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
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.
SPOILER ALERT! Read more
By no means is this movie good. But, I enjoy watching awful B-movies, and this is one of the best out there. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by Matt
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 morePublished on Feb. 15 2004 by ACS
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
This movie is jam-packed with spiders. If you have arachnophobia, you might want to watch something else! Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003 by Nathan Scott Cox