Kingdom of the Spiders, 1977
The Shat himself battles with spiders while a scientist decides not to mention that there’s a simple way to poison them.
Having rounded up 5000 tarantulas at $10 each the movie’s producers were stuck with a problem that really, no matter how you look at it, spiders aren’t that hard to kill. Never mind that you can stamp on them, burn them or poison them, you can probably also out run them, especially in a car. Perhaps it was to stop audiences from thinking about this pretty core problem that the filmmakers decided to make these the most destructive spiders imaginable, they crash planes, blow up a water tower and pretty much bring the whole town to its knees. Meanwhile the people of the town scream, hide in buildings where they can be easily trapped, and shoot their own hands off. Not only do the spiders have the advantage of number they would also seem to be smarter. But not that much smarter, because by the end of the film they have killed more people (and cows) than they could ever eat. Stupid spiders.
Director: John 'Bud' Cardos
Writers: Richard Robinson, Alan Caillou
Stars: William Shatner, Tiffany Bolling, Woody Strode
Trivia: There was to be a sequel directed by Shatner himself. Working title; King of the Spiders The Final Frontier.
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