EARTH VS THE SPIDER
As with most of Bert I. Gordons films, Earth vs the Spider is cheap and fairly awful. The title Earth vs the Spider sets up the promise of a grandiose conflict, is even suggestive of the entire world being taken on by a spider. However, what is delivered falls woefully flat of any such promise in actuality. The film quickly falls into the cliches of the 1950s atomic monster/giant bug film (although Earth vs the Spider is one of the few in the genre where atomic radiation is not used as an explain-all for what is going on). Gordon uses his customary technique of optically enlarged bugs the film here is so cheap that he even uses some of the same shots several times. The film is shot in the Carlsbad Caverns, which make for an interesting location, although Gordon is too pedestrian a director to ever develop any atmosphere.
Earth vs the Spider has also clearly been mounted as part of the 1950s teen monster fad begun with I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957), although one teenager (played by Troy Patterson) looks like he is well into his thirties. There is a sequence where the film stands still for a rocknroll number that seems particularly grafted on. The film also shows Gordon in a self-referential mood a cinema is screening Gordons The Amazing Colossal Man, while outside one teenager talks about a new picture coming out something about Puppet People sounds fairly wild.
The film was remade as Earth vs the Spider (2001), although this only borrowed the title and is otherwise a film about a man mutating into a spider.
Bert I. Gordons other films are: King Dinosaur (1955), The Cyclops (1957), Beginning of the End (1957), The Amazing Colossal Man (1957), Attack of the Puppet People (1958), War of the Colossal Beast (1958), the fantasy adventure The Boy and the Pirates (1960), the ghost story Tormented (1960), the fantasy The Magic Sword (1962), Village of the Giants (1965), the psycho-thriller Picture Mommy Dead (1966), the occult film Necromancy (1972), The Mad Bomber (1973), The Food of the Gods (1976), Empire of the Ants (1977) and the witchcraft films The Coming/Burned at the Stake (1981) and Malediction/Satans Princess (1990), and Secrets of a Psychopath (2015).
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