ANTEBELLUM ia obsessed with B&W sci-fi and monster films from the 1950s.
please join us for our premiere screening of
ORIGINAL 16MM FILM projected on a screen!
JULY ~ 25TH
1643 N LAS PALMAS AVE
HOLLYWOOD, CA 90028
Tarantula is a 1955 science fiction film directed by Jack Arnold, and starring John Agar, Mara Corday and Leo G. Carroll.
The screenplay by Robert M. Fresco and Martin Berkeley was based on a story by Arnold inspired by Fresco's teleplay for Science Fiction Theatre, "No Food for Thought."
Although the film is set in Arizona, it was shot in California, with locations for the desert scenes in Apple Valley.
The special effects for both the giant animals and the unfortunate scientist's deformity are fairly advanced for the time, with real animals (including a rabbit and a guinea pig in Professor Deemer's lab) being used to represent the giant creatures. A real spider was also used for shots where the whole monster was shown, with models reserved for close-ups and the final shots of the creature on fire.
Jack Arnold said of this and the entire film, "We decided to do this film because generally, people are very afraid of spiders".
TARANTULA , 1955~ directed by jack arnold,
- Clint Eastwood appears uncredited in a minor role as the jet squadron leader.