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Tarantula! in 1955 American black and white science-fiction giant monster film from Universal-International, produced by William Alland, directed by Jack Arnold that stars John agar, Mara Corday and Leo G. Carroll. The scenario of Robert M. fresco and Martin Berkeley was based on the story of Arnold, who was in turn inspired by the frescoes of the drama in the 1955 science fiction theatre episode: "no food for thought", also directed by Arnold.


1. The plot. (Сюжет)

Severely deformed man wanders through the Arizona desert, falls and dies. Dr. Matt Hastings, a doctor from the nearby town of desert Rock, called the Sheriff to inspect the body. Asked the cause of death, he finds himself at a loss: of the deceased, a biological research scientist Eric Jacobs, was someone he knew and had seen recently. He seems to acromegaly, the distortion which takes years to reach its present state. Puzzled, Dr. Hastings asks to perform an autopsy. The Sheriff refuses, judging it unnecessary, since there are no signs of foul play. Hastings approaches of Jacobs associate, Dr. Gerald Deemer, who stupidly refuses permission. He signed Jacobs death certificate, with "heart disease" listed as the cause of death.

All tired, Hastings drives for Deemers combined home and research laboratory in an isolated mansion in the desert. Dimer apologizes for his previous hostility, accusing him on the mountain, and insisting that Jacobs has developed acromegaly quickly, in just four days. He cant offer an explanation, but attempts to convince Hastings that was an anomaly and not the result of something sinister. Hastings appears to accept his apology.

Dimer goes to his hidden lab, which contain large cages with white rabbits and the rats of enormous size. Each dimer examines, noting when each last received a "shot," and how many each had. He turns to the glass front panel to the back wall, and the other sample creeps into view: a tarantula with a body the size of a large dog, plus his legs.

As Dimer finishes his observation, the second deformed man appears, attacks deemer and begins to destroy the lab. During his rampage the lab caught fire and the glass covering the cells tarantulas destroyed. The man grabs the syringe that the Dimer was prepared, knocks him out and injects its contents. As flames engulf the laboratory, the spider runs away, and deforms, collapses and the person dies. Dimer regains consciousness, grabs a fire extinguisher and puts out the fire. That night, quietly Dimer buries the body of his friends attacker, Paul Lund, in the desert.

Intercity bus brings new in town, young, beautiful woman waiting to be satisfied by D-dimer. Told the receptionist that she would have to wait until only gets a taxi, she receives a visit from Dr. Hastings, who is going to get back to the lab Deemers. She represents herself as Stephanie Clayton, nicknamed "Steve" who signed to help in the lab.

In the mansion, D-dimer tells them that the fire was caused by equipment failure. It indicates that all the experimental animals were killed and explains that Lund had already left work. Since the Treaty Stivs says that she lives at the residence, Hastings leaves her and her suitcases there.

A few days later, the Sheriff calls and asks Dr. Hastings for help. Hastings finds a mystery involving picked-clean carcasses of cattle and large pools of thick white liquid. Tarantula, now the size of a mansion Deemers, is the cause. The next night, horses, ranch killed near his stables, and later pickup truck rolled over to get to two people. Two oboes, trying to enjoy their meals on the open range, persecuted and killed.

Hastings pays to call Steve in the lab. D-dimer was to act and look bad lately and went to sleep, so she shows Hastings that they work for: the use of radioactive elements, creates an artificial super-nutrient that, once perfected, can provide unlimited supplies of food for mankind. It shows Matt some of the giant laboratory animals created as an unwanted side effect. D-dimer appears suddenly, furious. He chews that Steve is to identify the "secret" work and orders Hastings to leave. Before he leaves, he notices, there are some subtle changes in Deemers appearance and behavior.

In the ruined ranch, Hastings appears again at the request of the Sheriff and again finding pools of strange, thick liquid. He decides that the analysis could solve this mystery, but he collects samples and enters them in the University of Phoenix. The substance is determined as the venom of the tarantula, but in such numbers that could only cause the monster arachnid. After he showed a film demonstrating the predatory ferocity of a normal tarantula, he calls D-dimer, but Steve said that he is sick in bed. Dimer suddenly appears behind her and abruptly hangs up the phone. Hastings immediately flies back into the desert rock.

Upon arriving, he goes to the mansion where he discovers a D-dimer close to death, suffering from severe deformities, acromegalics and under Stivs care. Dimer reveals everything he knows about the influence of nutrients on humans and animals and talks about Lunds death. Hastings returned to town to tell the Sheriff about what he learned.

As night falls, a giant tarantula comes into the mansion. Dimer killed, but he was able to escape when Hastings returns for her in his car. The tarantula is chasing them down the highway towards the city. The Sheriff and his men intercept, but their guns have no effect. The dynamite was going out of town, but an explosion big enough to blow up the highway not to disturb the monster arachnid. As they complete a hasty evacuation from the city, air force fighter squadron, called the Sheriff arrives and launches a Napalm attack, successfully destroying the tarantula in the cities of the region.


2. Production. (Производство)

Tarantula! takes place in the fictional town of desert Rock, Arizona.

Movies special effects depicting giant animals and insects, was advanced to the middle of 1950-ies, the period of time. Real animals, including rabbit and Guinea pig in the laboratory of Professor Deemers were used to represent their giant screen counterparts. A live tarantula was used whenever a giant spider is seen moving. Miniature shooting was reserved for close-up shots of her face and the fangs, and the final scenes of the giant spider being set on fire on a plane squadron attacks with Napalm. In result, the scenes were more convincing than the giant prop ants were used in earlier Warner Bros. film them! 1954. About this whole movie, Jack Arnold tells about the tarantula!: "We decided to do this film because generally, people are very afraid of spiders".

Although Arizona Tarantula! was shot in California with desert scenes shot in Apple valley. Additional material was filmed in and around rock formations of "dead Mans" in the valley of Lucerne, California, a frequently used location for many early Western films.

As They Are! Tarantula! uses its atmospheric sights of the desert. While the radioactive isotope makes it different from most other 1950s of years, a big mistake is that mutation caused by the peaceful research of the good intentions of the scientist, not by nuclear weapons and / or mad genius. Director Jack Arnold used a matte effect again two years later to show miniaturisation, not gigantism in the incredible shrinking man, 1957, which is also the meeting with spider.

Movie theatrical release poster, featuring a spider with two eyes instead of the normal eight and carrying a woman in its fangs, does not represent any scenes in the final film. This tasteless picture of a woman in danger was, by this time, the standard B-movie poster cliché which would continue to be used for many years to promote the movie.


3. Welcome

The film was often paired with running wild as part of a double feature. It was the fourth big movie at the box office of the United States in December 1955 and earned rentals of $ 1.1 million.

Film critic Leonard Maltin awarded the film 3 out of 4 stars, praising the fast pacing movies, special effects and intriguing plot. He called it "one of the best giant insect movies." A contemporary review in variety stated "the tarantula as big as a barn puts the horror in a well-made program science-fictioner, and it is quite reliable put and played, bringing false premises with maximum likelihood". In manual video movie 2002, authors Mick Martin and Marsh Potter tarantula is described as "a very good entry in the giant bug subgenre of the 1950s years of horror fiction". Currently, she has a very positive 92% "fresh" rating on movie review aggregator website rotten tomatoes with an average score of 6.3 / 10 based on 13 reviews.


4. Home media. (Домашний медиа)

The film was first released on DVD by Universal Studios on April 3, 2006. Universal later re-released the film as part of a box set of the classic sci-Fi collection, which includes four other classics. It was last released on 27 September 2013. The German region B Blu-ray from Koch media is like 1.33:factor Academy 1 and 1.78:1 widescreen version of the film. Scream! Factory released region Blu-ray April 30, 2019. Featuring audio commentary by Tom weaver, Dr. Robert George. to kiss, and David Schecter.

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