Tarantula 1955 — A Sci-fi / Horror Movie Trailer
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More terrifying than any horror known to man comes a creeping crawling monster whose towering fury no one can escape!
Science-fiction’s most terrifying thrill!
Even Science was stunned!
Science’s Deadliest Accident
Bullets Can’t Stop It! Dynamite Can’t Kill It!
Giant spider strikes! Crawling terror 100 feet high!
Monster Spider…crawling terror 100 feet high!
Researchers seeking clue! Can anything escape it?
A spider escapes from an isolated Arizona desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants. —duke1029
Professor Gerald Deemer has been working fervently on a new project: a special growth formula. After the tests it on his lab tarantula in Arizona, the thing somehow escapes into the desert and grows to gargantuan size, destroying all in its path.
When a mysteriously deformed man, Eric Jacobs (Eddie Parker in an uncredited role), is found dead in the desert, Dr. Matt Hastings (John Agar), a family doctor in the tiny neighboring town of Desert Rock, is called in to examine the body. Jacobs, a research scientist, worked with Prof. Gerald Deemer (Leo G. Carroll), a reclusive scientist who’s conducting mysterious experiments at an out of the way mansion near the town.
Dr. Matt is baffled by the cause of Eric’s death. His distorted features suggest acromegaly, a disorder of the pituitary gland, but since Eric was fine just days earlier, Matt can’t understand why he would deteriorate so quickly. When Professor Deemer insists that it is acromegaly and refuses to authorize an autopsy, Matt is both annoyed and confused. The local Sheriff, Jack Andrews (Nestor Paiva) takes the Professor’s side.
Later, Deemer returns to his lab, where it’s revealed he’s working on creating a food nutrient to feed the world’s increasing population. He has injected the nutrient into lab animals, which have grown at astonishing rates. A caged tarantula is several times normal size. Suddenly, Deemer’s other assistant, Paul Lund (Eddie Parker in an uncredited role) stumbles into the lab, his face as hideously distorted as Jacobs’. Delirious, Paul attacks Deemer and busts up the lab, setting the tarantula loose. He also injects the unconscious Deemer with the nutrient, then dies as the lab begins to burn. Deemer awakes in time to put out the fire, then buries Paul’s body without notifying authorities.
A severely deformed man stumbles through the Arizona desert, falls, and dies. Dr. Matt Hastings, a doctor from the nearby town of Desert Rock, is called in by the sheriff to examine the body. Asked the cause of death, he finds himself perplexed: the deceased, biological research scientist Eric Jacobs, was someone he knew and had recently seen. He appears to have acromegaly, a distortion which takes years to reach its current state. Puzzled, Dr. Hastings asks to perform an autopsy. The sheriff refuses, judging it unnecessary since there is no indication of foul play. Hastings approaches Jacobs’ colleague, Dr. Gerald Deemer, who bluntly refuses permission. He signs Jacobs’ death certificate, with “heart disease” listed as the cause of death.
Still bothered, Hastings drives to Deemer’s combined home and research lab in an isolated desert mansion. Deemer apologizes for his earlier hostility, blaming it on grief, and insisting that Jacobs developed acromegaly rapidly, over just four days. He cannot offer an explanation but attempts to convince Hastings this was an anomaly, not a result of anything sinister. Hastings appears to accept his apology.
Deemer goes to his closed lab, which contains huge cages with white rabbits and rats of enormous size. Deemer examines each, noting when each last received an “injection”, and how many each has had. He turns to a glass-front inset in a back wall, as a different specimen crawls into view: a tarantula with a body the size of a large dog, plus its legs.
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