Arachnophobia is a very common bugaboo and one that I have suffered from all of my life. You would think that for The Monster Squadcast’s Month of Bugaboo’s that I would have chosen Arachnophobia as my bugaboo pick, as it is the only film to make me cover my eyes in terror (it still does, as a matter of fact). But Arachnophobia the film is as common a scary spider movie as Arachnophobia itself is a bugaboo, so it was with that in mind that I decided to go against the norm and instead choose a spider movie of yesteryear; specifically, 1955’s Tarantula, a B-Movie from the Atomic era that features science gone awry and a giant spider terrorizing the fictional land of Desert Rock, Arizona. While the film itself did not elicit much spine tingling within me (regardless of the film’s quality, a spider will always scare me to some degree) it did, however, have a very different reaction amongst my fellow squadcasters, one that I was not expecting and one that I will probably not hear the end of for some time – for that I apologize.
Mission Report: Tarantula
- Vimeo is NOT an ideal platform to watch out-of-print films
- This movie’s pacing may offend millennial sensibilities
- Viewing of supplemental spider videos online may be required in order to elicit actual terror
We’ll be back next time as we summon The Dark One for Madolyn’s bugaboo: The Devil’s Candy.