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A man with a strangely misshapen face wanders out of the desert near a small town and falls to the ground dead. The county sheriff (Nestor Paiva) tentatively identifies the dead man as Eric Jacobs, a laboratory assistant to Professor Deemer (Leo G. Carroll), a research scientist living a few miles out in the desert. But there's something strange about Jacobs; his facial features and bodily extremities are distorted to a point where he's barely recognizable. The sheriff calls in Dr. Matt Hastings (John Agar), the local physician, who makes a diagnosis of acromegalia, a glandular… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The tongue-in-cheek tone would foreshadow another monster movie set in the desert, the nearly unsurpassed 1990 throwback Tremors."
‑ Rob Humanick, Suite101.com
"An easeful appreciation for the image of the poet as spider"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"ambling arachnid set against the desert dunes looks almost plausible, even as its furry feet occasionally seem to glide above-ground."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Horror.com
"... the evil unleashed on human society is the deliberate product of scientific hubris rather than atomic radiation gone astray."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"One of the '50s icons of sci-fi, featuring a giant tarantula on the rampage."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Uma boa ficção "B", com efeitos visuais que ainda se sustentam e personagens suficientemente interessantes."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Back in the 1950s when it was OK to call a woman 'Steve' . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"fine entertainment"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Above average giant insect fear film"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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