Earth vs The Spider (1958)

I watched the 1958 American International Pictures black and white sci-fi/horror movie “Earth vs The Spider” on Svengoolie. Carol’s father didn’t come home and she gets Mike to help her look for him. They find his wrecked truck and thinking he might have crawled into a nearby cave, go to look. What they find is a sticky web, a giant spider and horror. Carol is played by June Kenney (Attack of the Puppet People, The Ladies Man, Bloodlust!), her dad, Mr. Kingman, is played by Ed Kemmer (a fighter pilot in World War II, Buzz Cory in Space Patrol, Giant from the Unknown)

and Mike by Eugene Persson (The Party Crashers, Bloodlust!). Others actors are Gene Roth (She Demons, Attack of the Giant Leeches), June Jocelyn (War of the Colossal Beast, Attack of the Puppet People, The Amazing Colossal Man, The Ten Commandments),

Hal Torey (Invisible Invaders, The Cosmic Man, War of the Colossal Beast), Mickey Finn (The Reluctant Astronaut, Incident at Phantom Hill), Bill Giorgio (The Brain from Planet Arous, Attack of the Puppet People, War of the Colossal Beast),

Hank Patterson (Fred Ziffel on Green Acres, Tarantula!, The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the Puppet People, Monster on the Campus, The Absent Minded Professor) and Merritt Stone (War of the Colossal Beast, The Magic Sword).

The bands bass player is Skip Young (Wally in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Lobster Man from Mars) and pianist was Dick D’Agostin (The Hot Rod Gang, Lawrence Welk Show).

Earth vs The Spider was produced, directed and written by  Bert I. Gordon (Serpent Island, King Dinosaur, The Cyclops, A Amazing Colossal Man, War of the Colossal Beast, Attack of the Puppet People, Village of the Giants, Empire of the Ants) who also did the special technical effects.

The movie was filmed at Bronson Caves, in Griffith Park, near Los Angeles. Some of the cave interiors are stills from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. This is a good horror film and I’ll give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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