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Keeping up his interest in large things destroying little things, director Bert I. Gordon tries to top his work on "The Amazing Colossal Man" with 1958's "The Spider" ("Earth vs. The Spider" is the title on the print), chasing moviemaking trends for giant terrors with his offering of a massive arachnid making a mess of a mountain community. It's not a slick special effects display, but the crudeness of Gordon's vision is nearly enough to keep the viewing experience engaging, watching the actors do battle with oversized props and spider photography as they try to get a monsterpalooza going. It's the filler that isn't nearly as welcome, as Gordon has difficulty reaching a paltry 73-minute run time, throttling enjoyable nonsense as the feature wheezes to a close. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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