Tuesday, December 28, 2010
THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION (1975)
There's really only one giant spider in this invasion and god is it a fucking silly looking thing. It looks like a hairy Thanksgiving day float that they added some absurd giant pipe-cleaner legs to. It doesn't help that the thing moves about as slow as a turtle and never seems to be in any way capable of catching anyone. So you mostly get a bunch of smaller hairy tarantulas and a couple of hand puppet-sized ones that look like they escaped from The Muppet Show. The creatures are supposed to be from outer space so maybe that explains their strange appearance. A pretty silly movie that seems even sillier since it stars, as the bumbling sheriff, Mr. Alane Hale Jr. Yes, the skipper from GILLIGAN'S ISLAND is our comedy relief but really most of the movie is comedy relief. Besides our sitcom king we get a whole town full of redneck stereotypes to laugh at. A good waste of time if you're in the mood for some stupid giant monster action.