Lovers of Giant Spiders are in for a very special Valentine’s Day this year.
Retro monster flick aficionado, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm celebrates the Day of Lovers and the imminent release of his latest film by uncaging the official trailer for his epic new creature feature, The Giant Spider.
And what a spider it is! It’s hairy, it’s scary, it’s absolutely real (making allowances for some unreal trick photography, of course) — created using the sort of super-imposition technique that Jack Arnold used when filming his classic giant spider film Tarantula back in 1955. When I saw this trailer, I literally exclaimed, “Wow!” and called my partner in check it out. She commented: “That’s pretty impressive!” And so it is. On the evidence of this trailer, Mihm’s pastiche may very well surpass Arnold’s original, at least in terms of the excellence of his FX. Check it out:
Mihm also gets two thumbs up for the skill he displays in replicating the sound and feel of 1950s’ creature feature trailers!
When radiation left behind by atomic weapons testing creates a gigantic killer mutant arachnid, it’s up to a trio of scientists, an Army general, and a newspaper reporter and his fiancée to figure out how to stop the hungry beast from devouring the entire county.
For more information on Mihm and his films, go to his website at: www.sainteuphoria.com. See also the Backbrain article Giant Spider Goes Retro.
Source: Christopher R. Mihm via Avery Guerra.
That’s terrific! The special effects are wickedly wonderful! Well done all!
Another present for mega-arachnophiles would be the short story anthology “Songs from Spider Street” by Mark Howard Jones – 2nd edition recently published and available from Amazon. A disturbing mixture of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and thriller – check it out!