October 5, 2013
Movie Night: Kingdom of the Spiders.
Review #462: Kingdom of the Spiders.
William Shatner (Rack Hansen), Tiffany Bolling (Diane Ashley), Woody Strode (Walter Colby), Lieux Dressler (Emma Washburn), David McLean (Gene Smith), Natasha Ryan (Linda Hansen), Altovise Davis (Birch Colby), Joe Ross (Vern Johnson), and Marcy Lafferty (Terry Hansen) Directed by John "Bud" Cardos.
Most notable for its treatment of tarantulas and the ever enduring appearance of William Shatner, Kingdom of the Spiders provides many, many unintentional laughs, but isn't exactly scary. On occasion there are moments of fright, like the end result of the spiders taking over the small town, but then there's moments of a person shooting their own hand just to get rid a spider. The spiders themselves don't look like they are attacking people, they seem to just move at normal speed, but given the other option of animatronics, I doubt it could've been better. Shatner is not too bad, and the rest of the cast is okay, not too over the top, but this film runs and ends quickly, at what seems to be a cliche of a length, though having more scenes of spiders just walking away from the characters would've made the film last about 2 minutes longer, so oh well. It's a mediocre horror film made in a silly era of horror film making, with such "classics" like Frogs, Killer Bees, Grizzly (which I will get to eventually) or The Swarm, but I guess you could be scared of bees if you were allergic, frogs...no, but I highly doubt the next film I'm reviewing tomorrow will be any more "scarier" then this. What is it? Next time...
Overall, I give it 6 out of 10 stars.