Angriff der Riesenspinne (1975)

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Angriff der Riesenspinne: Directed by Bill Rebane. With Steve Brodie, Barbara Hale, Robert Easton, Leslie Parrish. Giant spiders from another dimension invade Wisconsin.

“Youu0026#39;ve got to hand it to a guy like Bill Rebane. I mean, you can laugh at his movies all you want (or be incredibly bored by them), but the man made a living as a filmmaker with virtually no money or talent in filmmaking. The guy was a brilliant salesman. This horrible movie was a huge box office hit, it was among the fifty most successful movies of 1975. Impressive for a director with no major studio backing who shot all his features in Wisconsin rather than Hollywood.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe movie itself is nearly unwatchable, but itu0026#39;s a great time document of how easy it used to be to find a cinema release for your movies. This is not worse than whatever you used to find at the bottom shelf at a video store, but paying good money to see this on a big screen? Thatu0026#39;s a whole different animal. Particularly because you have to wait a really long time to actually see the huge spider (which is clearly a Volkswagen with legs) the trailer promised you. Up until then you see a bunch of people that you never want to see again talk and talk and talk. By the time that thing actually shows up, youu0026#39;re already too numb from the tedium to even laugh at it.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eBill Rebaneu0026#39;s movies can best be enjoyed when you know all the background to them. Rebane has a charming momu0026amp;pop style of filmmaking, mom (Barbara Rebane) is even credited as the assistant director. One of his daughters u0026#39;playsu0026#39; one of the huge spideru0026#39;s legs. He sure writes great parts for women. Itu0026#39;s made by a cast and crew that genuinely seems to be trying to their best, itu0026#39;s one of those movies that seemed way more thrilling to make than it is to watch. But you canu0026#39;t blame Rebane, he certainly did the best he could. He made a giant spider movie with 250.000 dollars, spent a lot of time with family and friends, actually sold the thing to theatres and somehow people still talk about it more than forty years later. That alone should earn him a place in film history.”


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