Tarantula (1955)

Professor Gerald Deemer has been working fervently on a new project: a special growth formula. After he tests it on his lab tarantula in Arizona, the thing somehow escapes into the desert and grows to gargantuan size, destroying all in its… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1955
DVD Release Date: June 30, 1993
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rob Humanick

The tongue-in-cheek tone would foreshadow another monster movie set in the desert, the nearly unsurpassed 1990 throwback Tremors.

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Fernando F. Croce

An easeful appreciation for the image of the poet as spider

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Staci Layne Wilson

ambling arachnid set against the desert dunes looks almost plausible, even as its furry feet occasionally seem to glide above-ground.

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Sarah Boslaugh

... the evil unleashed on human society is the deliberate product of scientific hubris rather than atomic radiation gone astray.

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Steve Crum

One of the '50s icons of sci-fi, featuring a giant tarantula on the rampage.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Uma boa ficção "B", com efeitos visuais que ainda se sustentam e personagens suficientemente interessantes.

James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Back in the 1950s when it was OK to call a woman 'Steve' . . .

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Stefan Birgir Stefansson

fine entertainment

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Above average giant insect fear film

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Phil Hubbs
Back in the 1950's there was a new type of horror science fiction genre created, giant bug movies. This pretty much came to the forefront with the giant… More
Aj V
"Tarantulas take to the hills!" That is, towering over the hills! This movie is sensational, but not that great in any other department. Overall,… More
Alex roy
Tarantula is yet another terrific monster film from the golden era of giant monsters. The film is a bit slow, but the payoff is exciting and thrilling. The cast… More
Randy Tippy
<i>Tarantula</i> is 50's sci-fi gold, complete with a giant guinea pig and a mysterious microphone that appears from time to time in the upper… More
Christopher Heim
An enjoyable 50's creature feature in which the effects have aged rather well for the most part. A real tarantula was used in the scenes were the title… More
Jason Owens
Like many of the bug flicks back in the days of black & white television, "Tarantula" is a good movie. Yes, it is incredibly dated by today's… More