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Earth Vs. The Spider/War of the Colossal Beast (Cult Classics Double Feature)

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Editorial Reviews

This cult duo begins with an unstoppable giant spider destroying everything in its path in, what else, The Spider (73 min.). Appropriately following is another giant this time in the form of an insane and disfigured man who wreaks havoc on a small town in War of the Colossal Beast (69 min.). 1958/color-b&w/NR/fullscreen.

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  • Actors: Ed Kemmer, June Kenney, Eugene Persson, Gene Roth, Hal Torey
  • Directors: Bert I. Gordon
  • Writers: Bert I. Gordon, George Worthing Yates, László Görög
  • Producers: Bert I. Gordon, Henry Schrage, James H. Nicholson, Samuel Z. Arkoff
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BYA5IC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,982 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Earth Vs. The Spider/War of the Colossal Beast (Cult Classics Double Feature)" on IMDb

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By joseph Corey on December 1, 2005
First off, you might be wondering why this isn't the proper double feature - that being the Amazing Colossal Man and War of the Colossal Beast. Well for some odd reason, Sam Arkoff's estate has control of the second film and his AIP partner James Nicholson has the rights on the first film.

Both of the films were made by the amazing Bert I. Gordon. The "I" was for Incredible. Earth Vs. The Spider (1958 - 73m) all you have to know about this film - it's big spider. This was a busy year for Bert because he also gave us War of the Colossal Beast (1958 - 69m) - (along with Attack of the Puppet People - part of MGM's Midnite Movies series). We thought we saw the last of Col. Glenn Manning, a man who grew to 60 feet tall after getting too close to an atomic blast. But now he's back and not looking too good - he really should use more lotion.

Both of these films are Psychotronic gems. I remember seeing both Colossal films on Channel 56's Creature Double Feature in Boston. Do hope the Nicholson estate gets their titles onto high quality DVD releases.
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American-International Studios made the most fun movies I can recall. Some even had sparks of genius, but almost all were entertaining. I didn't know that Nicholson & Arkoff had separate control over the various films. Certainly, AIP knew how to market their films, with the drive-in crowd, the brilliant Roger Corman doing Poe, and the Beach Party movies with Frankie and Annette. They even got an Oscar nomination once, for "Wild in the Streets" (Editing). They also had terrific product placement ads, like in "The Spider", promoting Puppet People; Dorothy Malone putting on a record (in "Beach Party") with an AIP label; and more. I agree that the Colossal Man movies should've been put together on a disc; the other "Cult Classics" DVD released by Lions Gate (How to Make a Monster/Blood of Dracula) was wonderful, and I hope they keep doing it. Perhaps now I understand why "Invasion of the Saucermen", "It Conquered the World", "The Day the World Ended", and, best of all, "Not of this Earth", haven't been released. I hope that Mr. Nicholson's estate lawyers will realize that there's a waiting public out here, and they can blood-suck the family quite a bit by suggesting they release these essential gems. Anyone else agree? UPDATE: "Day the World Ended" has been released on a double-bill with "The She-Creature", cheesy but fun. "Day/World Ended" is listed as AIP's FIRST film! Really good, too.
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This is a great giant monster on the loose movie. Originally it was titled simply "THE SPIDER" (The version I grew up with) but was retitled "EARTH VS. THE SPIDER" when it was sold to television in a package deal with "EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS". (The same thing happened when AIP sold "GAPPA: THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTER" as "MONSTER FROM A PREHISTORIC PLANET" in a TV package with 'VOYAGE TO A PREHISTORIC PLANET" and "DESTROY ALL PLANETS" WITH DESTROY ALL MONSTERS". Get it?)

Anyway its a fun movie and its about as good, or maybe, dare I say it, even better than Universal's "TARANTULA".

It is also a shame that they couldn't pair 'WAR OF THE COLLOSAL BEAST" with AMAZING COLLASAL MAN" But those are the breaks, man.
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Having grown up during the 60's and seeing both of these movies during my "formative years", I have to thank Bert I. Gordon for giving me such a good scare (yes, SCARE!). How could anyone back then NOT be terrified of the hideously disfigured 60 ft. colossal beast who only wanted to be left alone in the desert to raid unsuspecting delivery truck drivers of their food provisions? And how could anyone back then NOT be terrified of the bad acting and the sight of a giant spider that would change it's scale in almost every shot? These are the types of films that are probably sneered and ridiculed by the majority of post-baby boomer's, but for a 46 yr. old kid who refuses to totally grow up, I raise my glass and toast to a genre of film that keeps that little boy in me alive and well.
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These two movies are great together! EARTH VS. THE SPIDER has always been a personal favorite. I love the big arachnid and it's howl of doom! The same howl used by THE BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE! Gene Roth (Attack Of The Giant Leeches, She Demons) is the skeptical sheriff. He soon finds out that those wacky teens are telling the truth! Check out that giant spider web in the caverns. Yeah, it's just made of rope, but it works somehow. Perhaps Bert I. Gordon's best movie. WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST has the big fella still running around in his titanic underwear, causing mayhem like never before! I prefer the original, but hey, this one ain't a bad sequel. I like the giant's half-obliterated face. It adds a frightening look to an otherwise "human" behemoth. Ya gotta love the huge hypodermic needle too! Buy this double-dose of giant-astic fun immediately!...
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I have both of these films on vhs and i wanted the dvd versions instead.They will last forever.Vhs tapes will go bad and i want them in my library for a long time.Bert gordons work on these films is excellent""His films have always been some kind of giant something.He also made the amazing colossal man and empire of the ants.Not to mention village of the giants.They were all good B films and i just love B movies.A fantastic price for both of them at $9.97 or something like that.I cant wait for the colossal man to be released as i will buy that also.Fine classic films for the sci fi collector.A must for your library""
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