Brandon Tenold: Tarantula

It’s 50’s monster movie time again with “Tarantula” (1955), starring cult movie icon John Agar!

About Brandon_Tenold

Reviewer/Riffer/Lover of strange films from across cinema history.


  1. Make giant spider wasps? NO! DON’T DO IT, YOU FOOLS!!!!! That’s how you get Cazadors!


    If you get that reference, you’re definitely an old school TGWTG fan. 😛

  3. TragicGuineaPig

    8:30 – Do you realize what this means? It means that if the spider bites anyone, they’re going to become a superhero!

    You know what the heroes need? A bottle of starlight and a magic elvish dagger.

  4. I’ve been looking forward to this. Nice review.

  5. TooMuchFreeTime

    15:16 – Good thing he added the ‘and strength’ bit, or I’d have to point out that a giant tarantula wouldn’t be able to move under it’s own weight.

  6. Love this old flick. Also, I have to say the scientist(Leo G. Carroll) is a pretty good actor. You should see him play Von Rundstedt in The Desert Fox, about Erwin Rommel. Starring that famous german actor James Mason as Rommel.

  7. I read the disclaimer, Brandon, and I really appreciate you clarifying the “exclaimer” error, as that mistake still robs me of sleep to this day.

  8. Snorgatch Pandalume

    Here’s a question. Who’s funding Dr. Deemer’s work? Scientists never do research on their own dime; they do it on grants. And to get a grant, you have to write a proposal saying what you intend to do. If Deemer is using the money for something other than what it was given for, then he’s guilty of fraud. And I can’t think of any logical reason anyone would want to make spiders bigger.

    • Well, assuming the Doctor was honest about his goals (and not crazy) he probably DID intend for his experiments to be for the greater good in the end. The tarantula was just likely his first test subject, they’re easier to get in the desert than say, rabbits or gerbils.

    • TragicGuineaPig

      It also assumes that the doctor isn’t funding his experiments with his own money. Before grants were a thing, that’s pretty much what scientists had to do.

  9. I want a PhD in Tampering With Nature.

  10. Oh, smoking … it’s still a thing today!

  11. Apparently Leo G. Carroll WAS over a barrel when Tarantula took to the hills. Who knew?

  12. Moviemantweeter1999

    good review as always brandon but why did i read that quote again that said warning(oh yeah its because there was a loud beep telling me to read it your growing up iinto the regular channel awesome producer i know XD).

  13. The Million Mask Man

    Not often you hear a Kyuss reference these days. Nice one!

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