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Tarantula is a 1955 science fiction film directed by Jack Arnold.

The screenplay by Robert M. Fresco and Martin Berkeley was based on a story by Mr. Arnold and inspired by Fresco's teleplay for Science Fiction Theatre, "No Food for Thought", which was aired on May 14, 1955.

Although the film is set in Arizona, it was shot in California, with locations for the desert scenes in Apple Valley. Wikipedia

Initial Release: Dec. 14, 1955
Awards: None

Tarantula 1955
Tarantula 1955

IMDB Rating: 6.5

Starring: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll

Director: Jack Arnold

Writers: Robert M. Fresco, Martin Berkeley

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

Description: A spider escapes from an isolated desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants.

Plot Summery: [Spoiler Alert!]

In the Arizona desert, Professor Gerald Deemer is experimenting with growth hormones in the hopes of finding a way to increase the world's food supply.

His partner in the project was recently found dead in the desert, suffering from a disease that normally takes years to advance but in his case seems to have afflicted him in only a few days.

The local doctor, Matt Hastings, is puzzled by the strange case and with Deemer's recently arrived - and very pretty - assistant Stephanie Clayton tries to figure out what is going on.

When cattle remains are found in the countryside, the evidence points to a giant tarantula as the culprit.

Written by garykmcd