Thursday, November 12, 2009

Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

“A new species of horror is born!”
Starring William Shatner as Dr. Rack Hansen

Last night I was flipping around the menu feature of my cable provider, and saw that Kingdom of the Spiders was coming on in mere moments. What a pleasant schlocky surprise!

This is another one of those pretty bad 70s flicks that burned an indelible horror hole in my psyche. I remember first watching this on TV as a kid and getting a little creeped out by a desert town overrun by killer mutated tarantulas. Now, of course, it's not a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but couple William Shatner with hundreds of spiders in a low-budget picture - now you're talkin'!

If you haven't seen this gem, the story revolves around Shatner's Dr. Rack Hansen, a veterinarian in a town in Arizona. Suddenly, cattle and other animals are just droping dead and no one knows why.

Well, soon Hansen and state university scientist, Diane Ashley (Tiffany Bolling) figure out it is due to an army of killer tarantulas. Of course, everyone goes crazy and the spiders go on their rampage. The ending is a bit weird, and that's the part that always stuck with me all these years.

Check it out if you happen to stumble upon it and want a quick cheesy horror fix.


  1. Never saw it, or knew it existed!! Definately tracking this one down, even though I hate has Shatner!!! :D



  2. Shatner ventured into non Star Trek territory a few times, for example, ever heard of his Devil Worshippers movie The Devils Rain?

    Its a pretty decent horror film, about a cult of satanist looking to take over a town. It stars Shatner as the do gooder and John Travolta as one of the Devil Worshippers.

    It has a cool ending, highly recommend it if you havent seen it!

  3. Oh, I remember this one! Except I don't remember the ending.....

    Senior moment.