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Giant Spider Invasion (1975)

Steve Brodie , Barbara Hale , Bill Rebane  |  PG |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Brodie, Barbara Hale, Robert Easton, Leslie Parrish, Alan Hale Jr.
  • Directors: Bill Rebane
  • Writers: Robert Easton, Richard L. Huff
  • Producers: Bill Rebane, Dick Plautz, Jack Willoughby, Mark L. Rosen, Richard L. Huff
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Retro Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2002
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063W59
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,459 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Giant Spider Invasion" on IMDb

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I've always enjoyed a good enormous insect devouring the Earth film, with some of my favorites being Them! (1954), The Black Scorpion (1957), and even Empire of the Ants (1977), but The Giant Spider Invasion (1975), while having its' moments, barely rates as a blip on the silver screen, or any screen, comparatively speaking. Directed by Bill Rebane, whose other credits include Monster a-Go Go (1965) and The Capture of Bigfoot (1979), stars Steve Brodie as NASA scientist J.R. Vance. Now, Brodie looked familiar, but I couldn't recall what other films I've seen him in until I looked up his bio and saw such cinematic flotsam as The Wild World of Batwoman (1966) and Jerry Warren's Frankenstein Island (1981)...ugh...I'm still reeling from that last one. The film also stars Barbara Hale (from TV's Perry Mason) as Dr. Jenny Langer, character actor Robert Easton, and Alan Hale Jr. aka the skipper from Gilligan's Island...oh man, I feel a serious cinematic hurting coming on...

The film starts out with some kind of foreign object traveling to Earth, crashing spectacularly on Dan Kester's farm in Hicksville, Wisconsin (okay, the town wasn't named Hicksville, but it shoulda been, given the complete idiotic, backwoods nature of the residents we've met so far). Shortly after impact of the extraterrestrial object, residents begin reporting problems with radios and televisions, but that's the extent of incident. No one really seems to have noticed that a fairly large object from outer space has slammed into a Wisconsin pasture, and even the farmer puts off investigating until the next day. A scientist, Dr. Langer, working at the local observatory does report strange and unusual readings to which they dispatch Dr. Vance to investigate.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BIG BUGS RUN AMOK May 29, 2002
Director Bill Rebane strikes again with this wonderful trashy film about rural rednecks and giant spiders. A meteor crashes on a ranch and bugs emerge from the crater. A giant spider eventually emerges and goes on the rampage thru Gleason Wisconsin. Alan Hale plays the sheriff. He even calls the hero "Little Buddy".
I enjoyed this film the first time I ever saw it and I still enjoy it. This dvd is hosted by Son Of Ghoul and comes with color comic book repro. A good little item here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked on film January 24, 2010
A handfull of my friends and I were fortunate to get a job through a acquaintance working on the Giant Spider Invasion in 1975. We worked on sets ,special effects,building spiders,ate people,destroyed buildings,and blew stuff up. I ate KFC with skipper and the other actors and crew.My memories of that summer are priceless and I have dreamed of that surreal lifestyle since.It's a slice of North Central Wisconsin from the mid 70s. Campy and Poorly Edited but I will always have fond memories of the excitement that found it's way to our usually quiet North woods.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Skipper vs. The Giant Spiders July 1, 2002
Back from the shadows of cheaply made monster movies incorporating a few scares (actually, this had one scare - and I was intoxicated so I'm not certain it was truly meritable of the term "frightening") and a lot of laughs (As the back of the movie's case implies, the "Spider effects" is actually a VW disguised as a Giant Spider from Outer Space, plus there are some laughable yokel mating rituals.) comes The Giant Spider Invasion. It basically adheres to the old monster movie principles, the cheaper the monster and the thinner the reasoning, the better.
Here we have the story of a small Wisconsin town that experiences an unknown object plummeting to Earth, landing close to the farmhouse of the unsavory Dan and Ev Kester. Upon closer inspection of the impact site, the Kesters find droves of their livestock mutilated and worry about what did it, too, until they discover geodes filled with what look to be diamonds - and a more sinister eight-legged cargo that is initially overlooked. Enter the NASA scientists and their loosely scientific hypothesis that states that the crash site is actually a "black hole" emanating energy feeding some soon to be gigantic spiders and you have a truly fun-filled, barely budgeted monster movie!
Be forewarned that the plot is thin, the actors (with the exception of Alan Hale AKA "The Skipper") are subpar, and the effects are almost nonexistent. Knowing this ahead of time, however, leaves you room to enjoy this flashback to an enjoyable time in "horror" cinema. Buy it and experience VW love once again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars john's review August 1, 2009
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if you like old school schlock're gonna love this. a wonderful tail of adultery, greed, back stabbing, and giant arachnids from space. Gerry springer would have a field day with this crew. i sew this movie in the theater as a kid and it brought back lots of memories. thumbs up...very cool.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The giant spider invasion of 1975 February 25, 2006
The title's a bit ambiguous, isn't it? I mean, is this a giant invasion of spiders, or is it an invasion by a single giant spider? As it turns out, it's a little bit of both. It's also a pretty lousy B-movie ripe for heckling, as the boys at MST3K certainly proved - in retrospect, this one was almost too easy. When you start the dialogue with Alan "Skipper" Hale greeting a visitor to his sheriff's office with the words "little buddy," you know this isn't going to be an exercise in mental acuity. If you've never seen any of the Gilligan's Island gang in their post-Gilligan movie careers, consider yourself lucky because it isn't pretty (although nothing can approach the ignominy of Jim Backus in Angels' Revenge - a film that also featured Alan Hale).

This film takes place in the ultra-exciting surroundings of the Wisconsin countryside. Apparently, the big invasion either got off-course or the invaders were looking for easy pickings (or perhaps they just really, really like cheese). The invaders have a fairly explosive arrival, but no one seems to care very much - except the sheriff, who quickly gets annoyed with all the reports of cars and electrical gizmos suddenly not working that night. The next day, the biggest rube in Wisconsin finally meanders out into his field to find some mutilated cows and mysterious rocks. These rocks start turning up everywhere, and - amazingly - no one seems to notice the fact that really hairy spiders crawl out of the things when they finally burst. A local scientist does care about all of the unusual scientific readings she is suddenly getting in the area, and her reports encourage NASA to send out a greasy scientist to see what's what. The two of them come up with a cockamamie story about a black hole hitting the earth spewing out alien spiders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And the Skipper too
Thanksgiving is a time when we gather with friends and family, enjoy a great meal, and reflect upon all the things we're thankful for. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sid the Elf
3.0 out of 5 stars CRAP--BUT FUN
There is no doubt this movie is laughable in most every respect. It does have both decent and terrible acting, bad special effects, and is in serious need of remastering. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jeremy L. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad movie with a little amusing cheese
This dud of a monster film is best known for being Mystery Science Theater 3000 fodder and it does not hold up well on its own as a bad-but-in-a-fun-way movie. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Endless Kitchen
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully terrible
I am so very ashamed that I made my Dad drag me to see this crapfest in theaters in 1975 when I was about 6 years old. Read more
Published on August 15, 2010 by Invisible Pedestrian
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, not that good
Like many, I enjoy a good bad movie, and this one is legendarily bad. This "director's cut" has some very subtle edits from the version most of us might have been used to from... Read more
Published on June 25, 2010 by capefearcinema
5.0 out of 5 stars Grade A schlock
The production values for this movie are indeed dreadful, but if you have a taste for low-budget films with a good attempt at making an interesting science fiction story then this... Read more
Published on February 21, 2010 by Diogenes
5.0 out of 5 stars Get It Before It Disappears From Circulation!
The Extras literally makes this title a Must Own! But you better get it before it is withdrawn from circulation. Read more
Published on May 17, 2009 by Floyd
4.0 out of 5 stars If you have this you are a lucky spider
I consider myself very lucky to own this title. It was discontinued due to most likely rights issues. Read more
Published on April 28, 2009 by D. Steigman
3.0 out of 5 stars Bill Rebane's 70's Sci-Fi Cult Classic gets it's due!
This was not cancelled evedentally I pre-ordered my copy from at the beginning of the month. Just got mine in the mail on Monday April 20, 2009. Read more
Published on April 27, 2009 by D. OROREY
1.0 out of 5 stars I honestly have nothing to put here but "wow".
The Giant Spider Invasion (Bill Rebane, 1975)

I have to give props to any movie in which Alan Hale, Jr., plays a sheriff, and has "Well hi, little buddy! Read more
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