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

Zombie Spiders

Here’s another entry for this year’s Halloween Kids Create. And I’m excited to say this entry was made at my house. I like to invite my friends kids over to do crafts with me around the holidays. This year’s Halloween zombie spiders theme was an accident. While I try to plan specific crafts, there was no time for it this year. So when I took out my craft supplies, I decided to use inventory I’ve had laying around for years. The zombie spiders just happen to come together perfectly. Here’s Neilan’s entry for kids create.


How to Make Zombie Spiders

Small Floral Foam Ball
4 Green Pipe Cleaners
1 or more Pipe Cleaner in other colors
1 or more colored Bump Pipe Cleaner

1. Cut the 4 green pipe cleaners in half.

2. Stick the 8 green pipe cleaner halves into a floral foam ball to form legs. Bend the legs in half, then bend the tip to form a foot.

3. Cut the bump pipe cleaner in the middle of the wide parts to create multiple pieces.

4. Cut the other colored pipe cleaners in 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces.

5. Insert the shorter pipe cleaners (bump and skinny) in assorted colors into the front of the spider to form a creative face.

6. TO DISPLAY THE SPIDER: Form a left over 1 1/2 inch pipe cleaner into a half circle. Insert it on top of the spider to use as a hanger. Cut a long piece of ribbon and tie it to the hanger. Hang the spider from the ceiling. OR insert a longer piece of pipe cleaner into the back of the floral foam ball. Use it to hang the spider from a shelf, blinds, picture frames, etc.

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