Earth vs the Spider (1958)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Bert I. Gordon.

Plot Summary

A group of encounter a giant spider lurking in a cave. The local spray the creature with DDT and apparently kill it, dragging the carcass back to to high school gymnasium awaiting disposal. But the music from a loud rock concert revives the spider which goes on the rampage.


Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
© MCMLVIII [1958] Santa Rosa Productions
American International Pictures [logo] An American-International picture. A James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff production
Produced by: Bert I. Gordon
Screenplay by: László Görög, George Worthing Yates
Story by: Bert I. Gordon
Director of Photography: Jack Marta
Editorial Supervisor: Ronald Sinclair
Music Composed and Conducted by: Albert Glasser
Sound Recorder: Al Overton
Costumer: Marge Corso
Make Up Artist: Allen Snyder
Hair Stylist: Kay Shea
Special Technical Effects: Bert I. Gordon
Special Devices: Thol Simonson
Set Designer: Walter Keller

Ed Kemmer (Mr Kingman)
June Kenney (Carol Flynn)
Gene Persson (Mike Simpson)
Gene Roth (Sheriff Cagle)
Hal Torey (Mr Simpson)
June Jocelyn (Mrs Flynn)
Mickey Finn (Mr Haskel)
Sally Fraser (Helen Kingman)
Troy Patterson (Joe)
Skip Young (Sam)
Howard Wright (Jake)
Bill Giorgio (Deputy Sheriff Sanders)
Hank Patterson (Hugo the Janitor)
Jack Kosslyn (Mr Fraser)
Bob Garnet (pest control man)
Shirley Falls (switchboard operator)
Bob Tetrick (Deputy Sheriff Dave)
Nancy Kilgas (dancer)
George Stanley (man in cavern)
David Tomack (line foreman)
Merritt Stone (Mr Flynn)

Alternative Titles

Earth vs the Giant Spider
The Spider
– US promotional title

Extracts included in
Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

See also
Attack of the Puppet People (1958)
The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)
Earth vs. the Spider (2001)
Superman (1941)



  • The Dark Side no.51 (November 1995) p.16 – review
  • The Daily Cinema no.8108 (23 January 1959) p.4
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.152 no.17 (31 October 1958) p.3
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.26 no.302 (March 1959) p.36
  • Sight & Sound vol.1 no.9 (January 1992) p.62 – video note
  • Variety 5 November 1958