ta·ran·tu·la / təˈranchələ/ • n. 1. a large hairy spider (family Theraphosidae, numerous species) found chiefly in tropical and subtropical America, some kinds of which are able to catch small lizards, frogs, and birds. 2. a large black wolf spider (Lycosa tarentula) of southern Europe whose bite was formerly believed to cause tarantism.
Tarantula ★★★ 1955
If you're into gigantic killer insect movies this is one of the best with nifty special effects and some good action. Carroll plays a scientist working on a growth formula which he's testing on a spider when it accidentally gets loose. This eight-legged horror grows to 100 feet high and causes havoc in the Arizona desert until the Air Force napalms the sucker. Look for Eastwood in the final sequence as an Air Force pilot. 81m/B VHS, DVD . Leo G. Carroll, John Agar, Mara Corday, Nestor Paiva, Ross Elliott, Clint Eastwood; D: Jack Arnold; W: Robert M. Fresco, Martin Berkeley, Jack Arnold.