Kiss of the Tarantula

1976

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IMDb Rating 4.4

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Reviewed by AlsExGal 7

From the first scene, little Susan seems troubled and is fascinated with spiders. She considers them her pets. And why not? Mom has all of the warmth and maternal love of one of dad&#39;s corpses on a slab. Dad is a mortician and full of love for his daughter. The actress playing mom is pretty stiff in her role (no pun intended) and actually seems much too old for the part she is playing. She is having an affair with her husband&#39;s brother, a cop. Susan overhears mom talking on the phone, figures out who she is talking to, and overhears their plans to kill her beloved dad.<br/><br/>So Susan waits until mom is asleep and puts her pet tarantula on her. Mom awakens, doesn&#39;t jump out of bed, just lays there in terror, and then has a heart attack and dies. Mission accomplished. Dad is safe. Susan grows up. Her age is never specified, but it seems that she is in high school because she is walking to school with a backpack. Although, like mom, she seems about ten years too old for the part. By this time Susan has many tarantulas as pets in the basement and she is still the apple of her dad&#39;s eye.<br/><br/>Pretty soon Susan is solving all of her problems with bullies and the kids who broke into the mortuary and killed one of her pets spiders by planting spiders on them when and where they least expect it. In every case they don&#39;t run away, they just sit there screaming with the spiders crawling on them and die of a coronary. Never have I seen so many healthy young people die of heart attacks.<br/><br/>Now that Susan has matured, Dad&#39;s lecherous brother begins to have the hots for her, bothering her and getting just a little too affectionate. Blech! The girl is your niece! To make matters worse he&#39;s the local DA, and he and the cops are stumped at all of the deaths occurring around town. To make matters even worse he wants to run for state Attorney General. But for some strange reason he sends his brother out to campaign while he shadows Susan with his tongue dragging the floor. Usually voters want to hear from the candidate, not his brother.<br/><br/>This all comes to a head with the DA committing a terrible crime himself, and Susan wreaking a completely ironic justice upon the guy that for once did not involve her spiders.<br/><br/>The dialogue is wooden and the acting uninspired. And then there is the case of the high schoolers that look like they are in their 30s and the convenient way all of the victims die at the sight of a spider. However, this is a case of something you just don&#39;t see anymore - an independent low budget film with actors so anonymous you wonder why they bothered to give them names in the movie different from their actual names. For several of the players I think this was their only credited role.<br/><br/>For me, it is an artifact of the last days of drive ins, and for that reason I enjoyed it. It is so authentic, so not mass produced, so something that no movie studio would have any part of today that it is just a guilty pleasure of mine. Your mileage may vary.

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Reviewed by PeterMitchell-506-564364 6

A teenage outcast, unleashes her revenge, utilizing her eight legged friends, in this slow moving and forgettable horror, which will leave you waiting some for what little gore there is to happen. I mean how much harm can tarantula&#39;s do. To that small minority of people who love spiders and revenge, we should have that small minority of people watch this. Given that said, it&#39;s not a badly made flick, where even a &quot;Hot Connections&quot; star shows up as one of Susan&#39;s peers, who gets his serve at a drive in. He was falsely coming onto her, then entrapping her as to find out how his friends were killed. Bad mistake as our Susan who slightly resembles Carrie, again unleashes her pets. Another guy gets it in an air duct. Our Susan&#39;s got other problems. Her father matter of fact owns a funeral parlor where the wife and the bastard of an uncle are getting it on. Again, enter Susan. The opening always stays with me of Susan smiling the sweetest of smiles (too sweet) to camera. This is used in the last shot too, where Susan herself says &quot;I love happy endings&quot;. Okay horror fare, but nothing to write home about.

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Reviewed by GOWBTW 9

A disturbing movie is great when the best friend you have isn&#39;t a human being. And the family is very dysfunctional. Susan Bradley(Suzanna Ling) has a great fascination for spiders which irks her mother, greatly. Her father is a mortician which the wife really hates. She starts seeing his brother who happens to be lawman. Susan uses her pet tarantula on her mother to cause her to have a fatal heart attack. After that, she would use it on anyone who gets in her way. When some of her so-called friends come into the mortuary to give her and her father a hard time, she release her anger on those responsible. Susan would grab a couple of those big spiders, and the scream fest begins. Especially at the drive-in movie. The scare fest was intense when some of the tormentors die in the car, and one ended up in the hospital. Even the smallest and harmless spider would give her a scare. One of the other bad friend gets scared to death at work, while of the friends who died in the drive-in scare gets killed by Susan&#39;s creepy uncle. This movie is like &quot;Psycho&quot; meets &quot;Arachniphobia&quot;. Of course, that movie doesn&#39;t come out for 14 years. This movie is not for the weak. You must be brave to see this. 4 out of 5 stars.

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