Friday, July 20, 2012

Tarantula (1955)

Yet another Jack Arnold directed ditties, this time with a mad scientist thrown in for good measure.

Release Date:  15 Dec. 1955

Runtime:  80 minutes

Directed by Jack Arnold

Screenplay by:  Robert M. Fresco and Martin Berkeley

Music by:  Herman Stein (again, uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 35 mm

Sound:  Western Electric Recording mono

Tagline:  Monster Spider...crawling terror 100 feet high!

The actual spider actor was manipulated with little air jets to move about just so on the miniature set that built for it.

Acromagalia does, or rather can, cause facial distortions that are considered severe, but not cause have been reported as severe as the cases shown in the film.

Professor Demer predicts that by the year 2000 (and keep in mind, he presents this as dire) the world's population would be more than 3 and 1/2 billion people--in fact, the population 12 years ago now, was closer to 6.7 billion!

Clint Eastwood has a bit part in this film as part of the jet squadron that is bombing the huge spider.

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