''Earth vs. the Spider'' (also known as ''The Spider'' and ''Earth vs. the Giant Spider'') is a 1958 Creator/AmericanInternationalPictures black and white science fiction horror film produced and directed by Creator/BertIGordon, who also wrote the story which the screenplay by George Worthing Yates and Laszlo Gorog is based upon. It starred Ed Kemmer, Eugene Persson and June Kenney.

The film is about a giant Spider terrorizing a town as well as teenagers and other 1950s things.

For the ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E13EarthVsTheSpider episode recap page]].

[[NamesTheSame The name is also shared by]] a 2001 horror movie, made as a ''tribute'' to the original, though this version can be seen more as a DarkerAndEdgier {{Deconstruction}} of SpiderMan. This movie revolves around a comic book-loving security guard at a lab doing genetic modification research on spiders. When his partner is killed, he deliberately infuses himself with spider [=DNA=] in hopes of becoming like his favorite super-hero. Instead, he is warped into a [[BodyHorror grotesque hybrid of human and spider traits]] and is consumed by an insatiable appetite for human flesh, voraciously eating person after person until a police officer manages to shoot him before he can snack on the girl he had a crush on.

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!!''Earth Vs The Spider'' contains the following tropes:

* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: What do you think?
* BigCreepyCrawlies: See title.
* CassandraTruth: The sheriff refuses to believe the kids about the existence of the giant spider until he can see it for himself. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor He quickly changes his attitude about it when he does see it.]]
** Unusually for a movie of this type, the sheriff ''does'' take the appropriate actions for a giant spider outbreak - even calling in a tanker truck of [[=DDT=]] and gas masks - on the say-so of the kids' science teacher. Neither he nor the half-dozen deputies and insecticide techs take it seriously, until one of them dies...
* ChekhovsGun: The teacher's lecture on electrons and poles, complete with demonstration. (A bit ...heady for a ''high school'' science class, then or now, but it works.)
* DisconnectedByDeath: The high school janitor at the start of the spider's rampage in town.
* EnforcedPlug: We see ads for two other films by Bert. I Gordon: ''Attack of the Puppet People'' and ''TheAmazingColossalMan''. The former is also worked into the dialogue.
* FollowTheLeader: 1950s and big bugs and giant arachnids kind of go together once ''Film/{{Them}}'' came out. And on all the ads the film became "The Spider" once TheFly saw success.
* GenreSavvy: Averted. You'd think Mike would be this, given that he seems to be a movie buff, but that doesn't happen.
* HollywoodDarkness: The cave. They don't even bother with flashlights or torches in the slightest.
* TooDumbToLive: The heroine drops her bracelet in the giant cave after nearly being killed by the giant spider. What does she do? She goes back in to look for her bracelet, resulting in her and her boyfriend nearly getting killed six ways to Sunday.[[note]]The bracelet was something her dad was planning to give her when he was killed, and she had every reason to believe the spider was both dead and ''not'' in the cave the second time they entered it.[[/note]]
* VersusTitle: It's barely ''one small town'', but presumably "A Single Small Town In The Middle Of Nowhere vs. The Spider" wouldn't have sold as well.

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