Earth vs. the Spider

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Earth vs. the Spider is a 1958 film about teenagers from a rural community and their high school science teacher who join forces to battle a giant mutant spider.

Directed by Bert I. Gordon. Written by László Görög.
The Spider will eat you alive!  (taglines)

Mr. Kingman[edit]

  • Well, speaking of spiders - are you sure rifles are just the thing? Insects have a pretty simple nervous system, sheriff. You could plug holes in one all day and never hit a vital spot. If you want to be on the safe side, call the pest control people in Springdale and have 'em send out all the DDT they can find.
  • [to Mrs. Kingman] It'd be a good idea if you'd stay inside the house for awhile.


Sheriff Cagle: [to a deputy after finding a desiccated body in a cave] Uh, you get back to town and make up a coroner's report. Just put down Jack Flynn as the name and the cause of death... uh...
Mr. Kingman: It was a spider drained all the liquid out of his body.
Sheriff Cagle: [Officiously] Just put down "cause unknown" and let the coroner worry about the rest. That's the trouble with you eggheads - you jump to conclusions! I know what I see and I see a dead man, but, uh, I don't see any spider.


  • The Spider will eat you alive!
  • Bullets...won't kill it! Flames...can't burn it! Nothing...can stop it!
  • 50 tons of creeping black horror!
  • It Must Eat You to Live!


  • It was actually one of the easier films.
  • I used a real spider in the film…as I did on many of my films. I used some nice tarantulas that were very friendly.


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