Remembering Kiss of the Tarantula

This week I’m remembering Kiss of the Tarantula, a movie released back in the 70s. Here’s what it’s about:

“John Bradley operates and lives in a mortuary along with his wife, Martha, and daughter, Susan, who collects tarantula spiders and has always been ostracized by her friends because… she’s a little bit strange.When Susan discovers that mommy dearest is plotting to have dear old dad killed by her secret lover, who is also dad’s brother, she places a tarantula in mommy’s bed while she sleeps. Abruptly awakened by the spider, mom dies of a heart attack. This bizarre little episode apparently puts sweet little Susan over the top. Later as a teenager, Susan uses her pet tarantulas in acts of revenge against her terrified classmates, who have been tormenting her for way too long. And innocent looking Susan doesn’t stop there, making good plot use of her father’s mortuary and her creepy little playmates!”

This is a weird one more than a horrific one. While the spiders are supposed to be the thing that scares us, the lead actress is way creepier. Predictable character, constantly getting herself in situations, mostly sexual, that warrant the spider attacks she delivers.

This is one of the many low-budget horror films that came out of the 70s, and over the years I’ve been obsessed with these types of movies. This one fell short for me though. I was a bit bored. Plus, the acting was really bad. still, there was some charm in the end that boosted my rating from a 1 to a 2.

My Rating: 2 out of 5

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