Watch: Tarantula 1955 123movies, Full Movie Online – In the Arizona desert, Professor Gerald Deemer (Leo G. Carroll) 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 (John Agar), is puzzled by the strange case and, with Deemer’s recently arrived (and very pretty) assistant, Stephanie “Steve” Clayton (Mara Corday), tries to figure out what is going on. When cattle remains are found in the countryside, evidence points to a giant tarantula as the culprit..
Plot: A lone-wolf scientist sequestered in a mansion near a small desert town arouses the suspicion of the town’s doctor when his lab assistant is found dead from a case of acromegaly which took only four days to develop. As the doctor investigates, aided by the scientist’s new, and very female, assistant, they discover that, far worse, something much larger and hungrier than it ever should be, is devouring local cattle – and humans – in increasingly large quantities.
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Boy, does this show its age!* But, you know what, I really enjoyed it.
‘Eight Legged Freaks‘, eat your heart out! I seem to have found a new go-to Spider Rampage Flick™. To be serious, ‘Tarantula’ achieves what it intends to – it is relatively creepy in parts.
The special effects, as alluded to, have aged averagely, but there are still some excellent shots in there. When the spider is in a wide shot it looks very neat, the issues tend to arise when the creature is at the forefront of the shot – which turns into a sharp black-and-white shadow clash. Speaking of the b/w, it is a very dark film visually; especially for the night scenes. The make-up effects look great, either way though.
Leo G. Carroll, John Agar and Mara Corday are all good fun in their respective roles, they work well together which is obviously important. Corday oddly reminds me a lot of modern day actress Madelyn Cline – I’m not entirely sure why, I think it’s Corday’s facial expressions/mannerisms.
Clint Eastwood has another small – though, quite the opposite in plot terms – role, this time towards the conclusion. He has a few lines of dialogue, but it’s not a role of his that’ll live long in the memory.
To think, Universal made 7 ‘Francis‘ films but produced just one of these. Unfortunate. I’d be up for a remake.
‘* = I’m sure, and I am led to believe, it looked great for the time.
Can all mankind escape the terror of its dread embrace…
Professor Gerald Deemer has been working on a special nutrient that will help offset a predicted food shortage, the serum he has created escalates growth in his lab animals at an alarmingly quick rate. Deemer quickly loses control of the experiment and during a fight at his lab a fire breaks out and a Tarantula that is already 50 sizes bigger than it should be, escapes, and soon all species are on the menu!
Tarantula is a big personal fave of mine from this particular genre, so I make no apologies for my uncontrolled bias! The film opens with a facially malformed man running through the desert until he collapses, and from then on in we are treated to a story involving acromegaly (a disease that causes gigantism), and a gigantic tarantula eating everything that gets in its path, its pure sci-fi/horror hokum for sure.
However, Tarantula has that knack of spinning the story with only minor glimpses of the spider until we are positively sensing the dread that is about to be unleashed. Using a real spider inserted onto the screened landscape, and then having it crawling over smartly moulded miniature sets, really adds to the creepy fun unfolding. Directed by genre hero Jack Arnold, and starring stoic actors like John Agar & Leo G Carroll, Tarantula is 80 minutes of pure genre entertainment. 8/10
Creepy Crawly on the loose!
I enjoyed this film, which was one of the best of the “giant, mutated one-thing-or-another” movies. Two of my favorites of the 1950 B-movies, John Agar and Nestor Paiva starred with Mara Corday(who is very beautiful). Hank Patterson was great as Josh the hotel clerk, who provided comic relief. Clint Eastwood has a small part at the end of the film as the fighter squadron leader. The effects by Clifford Stine are classic and Jack Arnold again proves his worth as director(before moving on to the “Brady Bunch” in the 1960s). Leo Carroll is superb as Professor Deemer, who develops a formula for a growth serum. It is this serum(with uses an atomic isotope)that produces rapid growth in all the lab animals,including the Tarantula. The acting is very good, the movie has a nice pace and the effects for their time are top-notch. This is one 1950s sci-fi film to see!
Bullets and dynamite can’t stop a giant tarantula!
An excellent example of early 50s horror. This is a black & white thriller that lets your imagination fill in the gory details. The aftermath is there to fuel the fear of the over grown tarantula. Leo G. Carroll plays a professor experimenting with a synthetic food stuff with intent to feed the crowded earth in 2000. His experiments on animals cause them to mature in three to six days. A rat can grow to the size of a dog in about 12 days. Two assistants die after injecting themselves with the secret supplement. The professor is injected while fighting off one of his dying helpers that is setting fire to the lab. An oversized tarantula escapes the fire to terrorize the area.
John Agar is the county doctor that leads in the destruction of the hairy legged menace. Mara Corday is the new assistant to the dying deformed professor. Character actors Nestor Paiva and Hank Patterson also star. And of note: very brief screen time for unknown Clint Eastwood as a jet fighter pilot and Bing Russell as a deputy.
I remember seeing this at the Saturday Kiddie Double Feature. My Milk Duds and Cherry Root Beer didn’t last very long. Besides both hands were needed to hold on to the seat. This was pretty darn scary back then. Not to say it wouldn’t scare a few grade schoolers today. Catch it on AMC or SFN and relive those days when we were frightened by an over grown anything. Bigger the scarier.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 20 min (80 min)
Genre Horror, Sci-Fi
Director Jack Arnold
Writer Robert M. Fresco, Martin Berkeley, Jack Arnold
Actors John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll
Country United States
Awards 1 win
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1 (theatrical release), 1.85 : 1 (theatrical re-release)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm