“If you don’t stop pestering me, one of these mornings I’m gonna show up and start milking that cow.” Who doesn’t like milk? Don’t answer that! Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Bill Mulligan, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr – as they check out Capt. Kirk/T.J. Hooker/Denny Crane while he attempts to wage war on attacking arachnids establishing their own Kingdom of the Spiders (1977).
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 197 – Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)
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In rural Arizona, countless killer tarantulas are migrating through a farm town, killing every living thing in their path. The town’s veterinarian will do everything in his power to survive the onslaught.
- Director: John ‘Bud’ Cardos
- Writers: Richard Robinson & Alan Caillou (screenplay); Jeffrey M. Sneller & Stephen Lodge (original story)
- Produced by: Igo Kantor and Jeffrey M. Sneller
- Makeup Department:
- Selected Cast:
- William Shatner as Dr. Robert ‘Rack’ Hansen
- Tiffany Bolling as Diane Ashley
- Woody Strode as Walter Colby
- Lieux Dressler as Emma Washburn
- David McLean as Gene Smith
- Natasha Ryan as Linda Hansen
- Altovise Davis as Birch Colby
- Joe Ross as Vern Johnson
- Marcy Lafferty as Terry Hansen
- Adele Malis-Morey as Betty Johnson (as Adele Malis)
- Roy Engel as Mayor Connors
- Hoke Howell as Earl Forbes
- Bill Coontz as Clyde (as Bill Foster)
- Whitey Hughes as The Baron
- Jay Lawrence as Deputy
- Bettie Bolling as Mildred
- Anita Merritt as Waitress (as Juanita Merritt)
- Nadia Caillou as Screaming Woman
- Valla Rae McDade as Screaming Woman
- Jon-Jon as Injured Boy
Are you ready for thousands of live spiders vs. William Shatner in John “Bud” Cardos’ Kingdom of the Spiders? “A living, crawling, hell on Earth,” indeed! Yeah, perhaps this creature feature is a bit silly and asks for a lot of reality to be suspended but the results are effective and often well shot. Of course, the more the eight-legged beasties give you the creeps, the more this film will get your skin crawling. Join the Grue Crew as they revisit Santos Ellin Jr.’s favorite horror film for 1977, examining the SFX, the wonderful cast of character actors, and the Shatner himself. Oh, yeah, and props for the downbeat Seventies ending! Enjoy!
At the time of this writing, Kingdom of the Spiders is available to stream from Tubi.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode, chosen by Jeff, will be David Cronenberg’s Shivers (1975). No, Nick, we haven’t done that one yet.
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