Its unknown cargo: hundreds of deadly tarantulas.

Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo
1977 | Color | 1 Hr 35 Min | Horror | TV-14 | CBS

Stuart Hagmann

John Groves
Guerdon Trueblood

Claude Akins
Charles Frank
Deborah Winters

Synopsis: An airplane carrying coffee beans from South America has some unpleasant stowaways: a hoard of tarantulas which overcome the pilots as the airplane is flying over an orange-producing town in California. The airplane crashes, and the unlucky inhabitants of the town release the poisonous spiders into their midst. Once the town's officials discover that the tarantulas are responsible for several deaths, the tarantulas have already descended upon the town's only orange-processing factory. The town's citizens risk their lives to remove the tarantulas from the factory while the poisonous pests are rendered motionless by the transmitted sound of buzzing bees.

Oh, man who did not love these 1970's animals and insect's go amok movies? These where pure nightmare fuel for my seven-year-old self! I look forward to revisiting this bad boy soon. Tarantulas was also nominated for a few Day Time Emmys Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Editing for a Special and Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Mixing all though they did not win. Make sure to check out Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo tonight on Svengoolie.


  1. It's no Kingdom of the Spiders but yeah definitely nightmare fuel as a kid!


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