Earth vs. the Spider (also known as The Spider and Earth vs. the Giant Spider) is a 1958 American black and white science fiction horror film produced and directed by Bert I Gordon, 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 Mystery Science Theater 3000 version, please go to the episode recap page.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 Darker and Edgier Deconstruction of Spider-Man. 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 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.
Earth Vs The Spider contains the following tropes: