PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.
The small spiders used in the film were Avondale spiders (Delena Cancerides), a harmless species from New Zealand that were provided by Landcare Research in Auckland. Despite their fierce appearance, this spider is docile member of the crab-spider family and are, in fact, harmless to humans. They were not allowed back in New Zealand for quarantine reasons. The giant "spider" used in the film was a species of a bird-eating tarantula, which attains an 8" legspan or more. Those types of tarantula are not easy to handle and can give a nasty bite. The spiders in the film were managed and handled by famed entomologist Steven R. Kutcher.
Dr. Ross Jennings:
Easy, easy with that. Don't want to agitate the sediments. Chateau Margaux, 127 bucks a bottle.
Mover: Tasty, huh?
Dr. Ross Jennings: At that price, who can afford to drink it?
After the photographer has been bitten by a spider, he lies down on his bunk and dies. He is lying on his left-hand side, dead, when a little blood dribbles out of the left corner of his mouth and runs down an inch or more onto his left cheek. When he is shown in his coffin a few moments later, he still has blood in the left corner of his mouth, but the bloodstain is much smaller and, instead of running across his cheek, it is pointing down - towards his chin.