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* RougeAnglesOfSatin: "Starring" is misspelled as "starrring" in the opening credits.


* TheUnreveal: It's never revealed what caused the spider to grow so big.




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* YourSizeMayVary: The spider is much bigger during its rampage through town than it is the rest of the movie.


* ArtisticLicenseMusic: Whatever Joe, who is conducting the band, is doing, it ain't conducting. "Having an epileptic fit while holding a stick" would probably be a better description.

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Whatever Joe, who is conducting the band, is doing, it ain't conducting. "Having an epileptic fit while holding a stick" would probably be a better description.
** And whoever heard of a rock and roll/jazz band having a conductor anyway? Joe should really be singing or playing a lead instrument like guitar or trumpet.



* BadassNormal: Mr. Kingman as he always maintains a cool head and has a logical scientific explanation for every circumstance. He proves to be the real hero of the film in not only being willing to fight the spider and being the one who devises the solution to permanently kill it.

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* BadassNormal: Mr. Kingman as he always maintains a cool head and has a logical scientific explanation for every circumstance. He proves to be the real hero of the film in not only being willing to fight the spider and but also being the one who devises the solution to permanently kill it.



* CassandraTruth: Sheriff Cagle 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, Cagle ''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 Mr. Kingman. Neither he nor the half-dozen deputies and insecticide techs take it seriously, until one of them dies...

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* CassandraTruth: Sheriff Cagle 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.]]
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]] Unusually for a movie of this type, Cagle ''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 Mr. Kingman. Neither Even so, neither he nor the half-dozen deputies and insecticide techs take it seriously, until one of them dies...



** There's a reason for this: The movie was filmed in Carlsbad Caverns in UsefulNotes/NewMexico, but only if they didn't use any studio lights, as that would accelerate the growth of microscopic organisms that would deteriorate the cave's structure much faster.

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** There's a reason for this: The movie was filmed in Carlsbad Caverns in UsefulNotes/NewMexico, but only if on the condition that they didn't use any studio lights, as that would accelerate the growth of microscopic organisms that would deteriorate the cave's structure much faster.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Zigzagged with Sheriff Cagle. He literally can't stop laughing when told about the Spider at first. But he does organize a search party to find Carol's missing father as there's more than enough proof of something happening to him, and begrudgingly lets the Science teacher come along as it's another pair of eyes. He dismisses the death of Carol's father, despite looking like a mummy, but quickly turns serious when face with undeniable proof. The later mishaps and errors happen because he and his deputies really have no training or equipment for such an occurrence.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Zigzagged with Sheriff Cagle. He literally can't stop laughing when told about the Spider at first. But he does organize a search party to find Carol's missing father as there's more than enough proof of something happening to him, and begrudgingly lets the Science teacher come along as it's another pair of eyes. He dismisses the death of Carol's father, despite looking like a mummy, but quickly turns serious when face faced with undeniable proof. The later mishaps and errors happen because he and his deputies really have no training or equipment for such an occurrence.



* TooDumbToLive: Carol 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 Mike 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]]

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* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive:
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Carol 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 Mike 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]][[/note]]
** During the spider's rampage in town, a woman gets the hem of her skirt caught in a car door and frantically tugs on the skirt whilst completely ignoring the door handle two inches away from her hand.


[[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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[[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.Franchise/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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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Zigzagged with Sheriff Cagle. He literally can't stop laughing when told about the Spider at first. But he does organize a search party to find Carol's missing father as there's more than enough proof of something happening to him, and begrudgingly lets the Science teacher come along as it's another pair of eyes. He dismisses the death of Carol's father, despite looking like a mummy, but quickly turns serious when face with undeniable proof. The later mishaps and errors happen because he and his deputies really have no training or equipment for such an occurrence.


* ArtisticLicenseMusic: Real rock bands don't have conductors.
** Plus, whatever he's doing, it ain't conducting. "Having an epileptic fit while holding a stick" would probably be a better description.

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* ArtisticLicenseMusic: Real rock bands don't have conductors.
** Plus, whatever he's
Whatever Joe, who is conducting the band, is doing, it ain't conducting. "Having an epileptic fit while holding a stick" would probably be a better description.

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** Plus, whatever he's doing, it ain't conducting. "Having an epileptic fit while holding a stick" would probably be a better description.


* DawsonCasting: Some of the supposed high school students. Joe looks like he's at least forty.



* 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 ''Film/TheFly1958'' saw success.

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* DawsonCasting: Some of the supposed high school students. Joe looks like he's at least forty.

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* SomewhereAnEntomologistIsCrying: Spiders aren't insects, they're arachnids. You'd think a scientist would know that.

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* ArtisticLicenseMusic: Real rock bands don't have conductors.


* HollywoodDarkness: The cave. They don't even bother with flashlights or torches in the slightest.

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* HollywoodDarkness: The cave. They don't even bother with flashlights or torches in the slightest.slightest, though this is HandWaved with a mention of luminescent algae.


** There's a reason for this: The movie was filmed in Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, but only if they didn't use any studio lights, as that would accelerate the growth of microscopic organisms that would deteriorate the cave's structure much faster.

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** There's a reason for this: The movie was filmed in Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, UsefulNotes/NewMexico, but only if they didn't use any studio lights, as that would accelerate the growth of microscopic organisms that would deteriorate the cave's structure much faster.


* GenreSavvy: Averted. You'd think Mike would be this, given that he seems to be a movie buff, but that doesn't happen.


* 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.

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* 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 ''Film/TheFly1958'' saw success.

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