Film: Earth Vs. The Spider (1957)
Location: Cave/Civilized area
Height/Weight: Unclear most of the time due to inconsistant size, but mostly that of a small house.
Summary: What's hairy and scary and as big as your face? A tarantula, that's what! What's hairier and scarier and big as your house? A monstrous, cave-dwelling Goliath Bird-Eating Tarantula, of course! What else would we expect from Bert I. Gordon?
History: The origin of this tarantula is a mystery, though it may have just been a newly discovered species discovered in a cave where the animals adapted by growing huge, even the bats to an extent! However, the tarantula was an explorer, and it was willing to go outside and snack on whatever crossed its path, especially when the humans get nosy.
Notable Kills: Nothing much shown, but the shriveled up mummy-like corpses the tarantula leaves behind leave very little to the imagination. There's also the blood-stained wreckage of a van reading "Just Married". Ouch. The deaths that are seen involve it slapping faces with its legs, killing them instantly.
Final Fate: With the help of a schoolteacher and some hard working adults, the teens manage to use lightning rods to electrocute the tarantula, causing it to fall off a cavern wall and onto some stalagmites, killing it. The cave is blown up for good measure.
Powers/Abilities: The cave tarantula is immune to bullets and can even stand being gassed, albeit it'll be knocked out for some time. A preferred method of attack is smacking people with its legs, which is the equivalence of getting hit with a baseball bat laced with thorns.
Weakness: Electricity is the only way to truly kill it.
Scariness Factor: 3.5-If you thought Deemer's tarantula's cricket noises were unnerving, you hadn't heard the cave tarantula's call, which is basically hoarse wheezing and screaming like a banshee. Rather fitting, considering what it does best with humans.
Trivia: -Tarantulas don't spin intricate webs like this one, as they prefer the more brutal approach of pouncing on their prey.
-In some shots, the tarantula's backside appears to be completely bald. This is most likely because the filmmakers accidentally agitated it into using its back-legs to rub against its body and send its back-hairs into their faces, a unique defense mechanism it utilizes in the wild against predators. This can cause sneezing and coughing fits for the tarantula's assailant.