A BIG Bug Movie: Tarantula (1955)

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-11-23

When a special nutrient designed to increase the size of food-producing animals gets way out of hand, a massive bloodthirsty tarantula stages a terror attack on a sleepy desert town — and nothing short of a napalm attack will stop the madness. Trick photography and deadpan acting aside, Jack Arnold’s campy 1955 sci-fi classic Tarantula is well worth watching for the surprise appearance of a jet pilot played by a 25-year-old Clint Eastwood. Screened in conjunction with the Witte’s exhibit, Backyard Monsters: The World of Insects, on view through January 2. $6-$8, 2pm, the Witte Museum’s Prassel Auditorium, 3801 Broadway, 357-1900, wittemuseum.org.