The Giant Spider Invasion (1975).
I need to be very honest. This is not a great movie. It is not a good movie. It might possibly be a mediocre movie, if you look at it when the morning light is just right and it’s just had a bath and a hair wash. We watched the Rifftrax version and that too should tell you something.
Spiders! From Space! And at least one of them is above average size!
There is some bad dialogue in this movie. There are pastiche characters. There is a very poorly considered plot. The props are… not great.
If you wait a while though – if you let that ugly geode crack open to reveal the interior payload of diamonds and spiders – there are some characters that are a few considerate scenes short of really becoming impactful set pieces.
Take for example, Ev Kester. A middle aged wife with a fat husband who pretends he’s going to revival meetings when in fact he’s tossing the waitress at the bar, Ev is an alcoholic, who doesn’t challenge the dodgy decision of her husband to butcher spoiled meat to sell, but who only once has a line that hints at the root of her self destruction “…before we lost the baby…”.
Let’s look again at Dr Jenny Langer, a scientist who is asked by the man from NASA where her father or her brother or her husband are before he can even begin to contemplate that she might be the trouser-wearing expert that he’s come to visit.
It is possible that there’s more to some of these people than meets the eye, but sadly we don’t really get to see much of it because some of them then get busy climbing inside a giant spider prop filled with strawberry jam.