The film THEM! enjoyed stunning success in 1954 and brought on many other insect-gone-rampant films in the following years. TARANTULA is such a film. This well-done film, which uses silence to heighten tension, is about a spider that scientist Agar has been working with, testing nutrients
on the insect. When the little eight-legged guy gets loose and heads into the desert, the nutrients take full effect and he starts eating cattle instead of flies. The tarantula grows and grows, becoming as big as a city block and developing a taste for humans; the spider also loves to chew on cars
and spit them out. Eventually the Air Force is called in and drops napalm on the spi...