Review: ‘Kingdom of the Spiders’

Though hardly original, Kingdom of the Spiders creates its creeps and scares with care, accomplishing exactly what it sets out to do. The filmmakers have done a job that will satisfy the audience.

Though hardly original, Kingdom of the Spiders creates its creeps and scares with care, accomplishing exactly what it sets out to do. The filmmakers have done a job that will satisfy the audience.

On paper, the picture sounds like most of many predecessors: likable scientist William Shatner, helped by beautiful, but capable woman scientist, Tiffany Bolling, find something amiss among the tarantulas of Arizona.

This time it’s not nuclear testing, but chemical insecticides that’s causing the trouble. Their problem: stop the little beasties before they eat the world.

But Shatner and Bolling work well together on a believable script, adding an amusing mach-feminism clash along the way that’s well done.

Kingdom of the Spiders

Production

Dimension. Director John Cardos; Producer Igo Canter, Jeffrey M. Sneller; Screenplay Richard Robinson, Alan Caillou; Camera John Morrill; Editor Steve Zaillian, Igo Canter; Art Director Rusty Rosene

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

William Shatner Tiffany Bolling Woody Strode Lieux Dressler Altovise Davis David McLean
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