Arachnophobes rejoice!!! Shatner is here to...destroy....the....spiders.
|"Spock. I've discovered a planet|
of spiders...and they want
to violate me."
This film is quite possible the most Shat-tastic movie of the beloved actor’s career. Shatner's signature over the top dramatic performance is on full display. Its a glorious experience of hammed up intensity. The script often called for Shatner to be covered with live tarantulas. These scenes are particularly memorable, and Bill doesn’t disappoint. The conflict to laugh or cringe may have some viewers meeting somewhere in the middle.
There are so many over the top elements in this film, it's hard not to enjoy just for the cheese factor. Spiders seem to materialize out of no where. Where ever you look there are spiders. In the electrical panel, in the car, and in the crop duster! Spiders and more spiders. I especially enjoyed the use of shots filmed from the spiders perspective (Spider Cam!) as the camera skims just over the ground.
|"Just when I thought old age|
couldn't get any worse, I die
like this. There is no god."
In all, 50,000 tarantulas were purchased to create the large scale spider invasion. It certainly creates some impressive shots. If spiders give you creeps, This film will no doubt feed your arachnophobia. It's not the most realistic nature take over film, but the massive swarm of live spiders does give the viewer an idea of what an actual spider outbreak would look like. It's not a pretty sight. Luckily for the viewers, there are plenty of "unintentional" comedic distractions.