|Vintage Pulp||Dec 28 2008|
Despite the cinema-style one sheet, Tarantulas: Deadly Cargo was made for U.S. television. Claude Akins and a cast of b-stalwarts—including Dr. Johnny Fever himself, Howard Hesseman—give this one everything they’ve got. Sadly, they are saddled with a preposterous storyline and upstaged by their own promo department, which slapped together a poster that portrays most of the film’s salient plot points (storm, lightning, plane crash, nearby city, spider swarm, and so forth) without taking up 100 minutes of your life. Plus it’s got that giant, horrified head we haven’t seen the likes of since, er, ever. Art fun, movie not so much. Tarantulas: Deadly Cargo premiered in the U.S. today in 1977.