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->''"Giant puppet invasion!"''\\
--'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Crow T. Robot]]'''

A 1975 film from director Bill Rebane that dares to show that yes, there are [[DeepSouth rednecks]] living well north of the Mason-Dixon line, and no, covering a Volkswagen with fake fur and sticking legs on it does not make a convincing giant spider.

A meteorite crashes in Merrill, Wisconsin, leaving behind an ominous "wormhole" in the impact crater and a bunch of geodes scattered across a really unappealing farmer's property. Between belittling his alcoholic wife Ev, visiting the local prostitute, and [[{{Squick}} threatening to spank his wife's teenage sister]], Dan Kester attempts to sell the extra-dimensional rocks to his equally unappealing cousin Billy, but is miffed when the jeweler informs him that they don't have much value. The farmer is distracted from his monetary woes when it turns out the"geodes" are actually eggs, which hatch to release first a swarm of tarantulas, then badly-made dog-sized spider puppets, and finally the ''[[GratuitousGerman Volkswagenspinne]].''

While the assorted arachnids do their best to clean up northern Wisconsin's gene pool, a pair of scientists wander around ineffectually before airdropping a device that manages to close the wormhole and melt the spider-car. There are a couple of B-plots, including a fire-and-brimstone preacher's revival, a missing motorcyclist, and a young couple's quest to find a place to make out, but that's about it.

The cast is populated by famous has-beens including [[Series/GilligansIsland Alan Hale Jr.]] as a dumpy sheriff, [[Franchise/PerryMason Barbara Hale]] as a lady scientist in a pantsuit (sadly not a HotScientist), and [[Film/TheWildWorldOfBatwoman Steve Brodie]] as a morbidly obese NASA scientist.

Bill Rebane has decided to turn ''The Giant Spider Invasion'' into a stage musical, and why not? [[IncrediblyLamePun He hopes it'll have legs.]]

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E10TheGiantSpiderInvasion episode recap page]].

* [[WriterOnBoard Actor on Board]]: Robert Easton, who played Dan Kester, also co-wrote the script. Apparently it had a very serious tone until he added jokes.
* ActuallyIAmHim: In a painfully unfunny bit of humor, [[SocietyMarchesOn Dr. Vance is surprised to learn that Dr. Langer is of the feminine persuasion]].
-->'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Servo:]]''' Ah! Humor of the 1840's!
-->'''Crow:''' So, you've had a sex change?
* TheAlcoholic: Ev evidently subsists entirely upon liquor and bitterness.
* AliensInCardiff: We can only assume the alien spiders didn't land in Wisconsin on purpose.
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: A black hole in a meteor lets the spiders into our dimension! Our only hope is to bombard it with science! Believe it or not, not only would a black hole probably not be a portal to the spider dimension, it would just kinda compress everything within the local area to a state of you die. And you can't just feed it until it's full. A small black hole ''will'' dissipate after time, however, as micro-black holes do in colliders, unable to sustain itself.[[note]]Had the film gone with a wormhole, it would have been marginally more believable.[[/note]]
* AssholeVictim: Dan
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Though he plays no point in the plot besides an excuse for Dan Kester to visit a whore, the hellfire-flinging preacher is a recurring character who even gets to rant over the closing credits.
* AttackOfTheTownFestival: By the titular menace.
* DeepSouth: Despite its location, Wisconsin apparently has one.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Ev, making the hillbilly stereotype complete.
* {{Fanservice}}: Gratuitous shots of Ev and Terry in their undergarments.
** FanDisservice: We also get to see gratuitous shots of Dan Kester in ''his'' underwear.
* GiantSpider: The title promised only one and it delivered.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The giant spider's eyes are actually the taillights of the Volkswagen from which it's built.
* HollywoodDarkness: Spectacularly averted. You can barely see anything during the finale.
** An early scene between Ev and Dan is shot so far away and in so much darkness that it's almost impossible to make out what they're saying.
* IAteWhat: What was in that drink?!
* {{Jerkass}}: Dan Kester. Probably the only person in the movie who actually ''likes'' him is the town hooker, and that's likely because he's a [[{{Squick}} frequent customer]].
* LeftYourLifesaverBehind: Doctor Vance forgets the flares and needs to run back to the car and get them.
* MacGuffin: The diamonds found in the geodes that the spiders come out of. Ev and Dan Kester think that the diamonds will make them rich. Cousin Billy says that they aren't worth much; but then again he also shows interest implying that he might have been lying about their true value. In any case, they don't factor into the plot other than having Dan go out and gather more of them to get killed by the mother spider.
* NoEnding: It just... ''stops''.
* NonindicativeName: Averted.
** There's only one giant spider, and it only shows up in the last ten minutes of the movie. So, yes, a giant spider invasion.
** There's also thousands of little spiders. So, the invasion was giant as well.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: The Sheriff loves to be a {{Troll}}. He actually gets Dr. Vance to describe what the function of Geiger counters are, listening with false rapt attention. Dr. Langer stops Vance from making a complete fool of himself by stating the Sheriff is aware of what radioactivity is.
* OurWormholesAreDifferent: They're full of spiders, for one thing.
* ParrotExposition: "What's that? Repeat what you say to provide exposition?"
* TheSeventies: ''And HOW''. Especially disturbing when Alan Hale Jr. sports a mod haircut, making him look like Gertrude Stein.
* SpitTake: In one of the film's nearly-effective scenes, a tarantula sneaks into Ev's morning booze while she's blending it, creating a few tense seconds as she and Dan pass the spider-smoothie back and forth before Ev tastes it.
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Almost the entire Kester family gets killed (AndThereWasMuchRejoicing) the only Kester who ''doesn't'' die is [[{{Msfanservice}} Terry]] (and there was even ''more'' rejoicing), and even then she sits the last third of the movie out due to being put into a coma (no rejoicing there).]]
* StealthPun: One of the few jokes in the movie that almost works is actually fairly subtle--Vance asks Langer if "your local sheriff will support us," a gag on the western movie ''Film/SupportYourLocalSheriff.''
* TakeThat: The sheriff remarks that the spider "makes that shark from ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' look like a goldfish!"
* TalkingToPlants: Dr. Vance does this to his office plants. It doesn't add anything to the movie, but hey, every bit of characterization helps, right?
* {{Technobabble}}: Whenever Vance and Langer try to figure out where the spiders are coming from.
* {{Troll}}: The Sheriff seems to be one. He feigns ignorance on Geiger counters and is fully prepared (with an impish grin on his face) to listen to Dr. Vance explain radiation (and possibly all of physics) 'til Jenny tells him that the Sheriff is pulling his leg.
* WeHaveForgottenThePhlebotinum: An excuse to have the heroes backtrack to discover some hatched geodes.
* YourCheatingHeart: Dan Kester's cheating on his wife with the town bicycle, and for her part Ev calls up Dutch at one point and tells him that she'll be ''very'' grateful if he brings her some booze quick.