Top 10 Spider Movies of All Time

Top 10 Spider Movies of All Time

Spiders are everywhere. Some research suggests that, on average, you are never more than 8ft away from them. These eight-legged critters come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and some of them can provoke fear in even the most courageous individuals.

It’s only natural that spiders would get the recognition they deserve in a variety of Hollywood movies, especially in the horror and sci-fi genres.

In this article, we’ll be looking at the top ten Spider movies of all time.

#10. Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo (1977)

Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo (1977)

The last thing you’d like to see in your morning coffee is a hairy tarantula crawling out of your cup. That nightmare scenario is more or less what this movie is about.

 

When a cargo of illegal coffee beans comes loaded with a pack of tarantulas, a small Californian town pays the price for the smuggler’s irresponsibility.

 

The Tarantulas eventually invade the town’s Orange processing plant, and that’s when authorities and the citizens decide the Arachnids have gone too far.

This made for TV movie is perfect for the fans of low-budget films. As long as you don’t mind a little cheesiness.

 

#9. Rupture (2016)

Rupture (2016)

Rupture combines science fiction with horror in the scariest ways. Renee, a single mother, is abducted by a group of strangers. Before she knows it, she’s subject to a myriad of cruel experiments that put her endurance to the test.

Among these experiments is facing her worst fear was spiders. This movie is definitely one Arachnophobe should avoid, as the tortures involving spiders are very graphic and possibly disturbing.

 

Other than that, Rupture is a trippy experience that will make you question just exactly what you are watching at all times.

 

#8. Itsy Bitsy (2019)

Itsy Bitsy (2019)

This movie gives new meaning to the old nursery rhyme, a terrifying new meaning that is. In Itsy Bitsy, a family is attacked by an ancient entity that takes the form of a giant Spider.

While the story of the film won’t win any awards for originality, the special effects of the oversized Arachnid are great, and so is the overall atmosphere of the movie.

 

If a normal Spider is scary for you, then a giant ancestral Spider might be more than you bargained for.

 

#7. Big Ass Spider! (2013)

Big Ass Spider! (2013)

If you’re a fan of B movies that don’t take themselves too seriously, then look no further than Big Ass Spider! (2013). This unapologetically cheesy movie is a love letter to the classic giant bug movies of the 50s and 60s.

When a giant Spider escapes from a military facility and attacks the city of Los Angeles, the citizens find a hero in the neighborhood’s exterminator.

 

Big Ass Spider is packed with inside jokes and homages to old movies. One such homage is a cameo by Lloyd Kaufman. Kaufman is well known among B movie fans for his work in Trauma films.

The company behind cheap movies like the legendary Toxic Avengers series

 

#6. Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

It seems like filmmakers don’t consider normal-sized spiders to be scary enough and Eight Legged Freaks is the perfect proof of that.

 

In this movie, we see a variety of spiders reach gigantic sizes, including black widows, jumping spiders, and even the classic Tarantulas.

A small town in Arizona is besieged by an army of chemically enhanced Arachnids hell-bent on raising the small town to the ground.

 

The film was produced by Dean Devlin, who gained Fame for producing Independence Day in 1998 Godzilla, sadly, unlike his previous blockbusters, Eight Legged Freaks failed to become a hit and has since gained a small cult following.

 

#5. Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

Back in the 70s, the horror genre was going through a nature phase where most of the movies dealt with forces of nature and the people who opposed them. This is when movies like Jaws and Piranha made their debut.

 

In 1977, just at the peak of the natural horror genre’s popularity, Kingdom of the Spiders was released. This movie sees William Shatner in the starring role as a veterinarian, fending off against a horde of killer Tarantulas.

 

Kingdom of the Spiders saw great success upon release, and although a sequel was planned, it never came into being

#4. Curse of the Black Widow (1977) 

Curse of the Black Widow (1977) 

This made for TV film, was released the same year as Kingdom of the Spiders, but it’s definitely a very different kind of movie.

 

This flick follows private investigator Mark Higby as he investigates a series of bizarre murders happening in Los Angeles. In these murders, men are found with puncture wounds in their chests, and some of them are encased in some type of cocoon.

 

The movie takes a weird turn when it’s revealed that the murderer is a woman with an ancient Arachnid curse that turns her into a monstrous Spider on full moons.

In 1979, Curse of the Black Widow was rebroadcasted as Love Trap on ABC.

 

#3. Charlotte’s Web (2006)

Charlotte's Web (2006)

Not every Spider on film has to be a heinous creature as this movie proves. Charlotte’s Web is a cute story of the friendship between a Spider and a pig.

 

Wilbur the pig fears a day when he has to be turned into bacon. He befriends Charlotte, a Spider that helps him to communicate with the humans.

Together, Charlotte and Wilbur teach everyone on the farm the value of friendship. This movie has another spiderelated connection. Danny Elfman, the film’s composer, dropped out of scoring Spiderman Three to compose the soundtrack for this movie.

 

#2. Arachnophobia (1990)

Arachnophobia (1990)

When a deadly Venezuelan jungle Spider arrives in a small town in California, the life of the local inhabitants is slowly turning into a living nightmare. The main protagonist of the movie is a Newton doctor called Dr. Ross Jennings, who has a history of Arachnophobia just like his son.

When the deadly Spider population is about to increase exponentially pandemonium erupts and it’s up to the film’s protagonist to find the Spider Queen’s nest and destroy it.

 

Even though Arachnophobia could be considered a horror film, it has some elements of black comedy that turn it into a very enjoyable experience.

 

Thanks to its enjoyable plot, Arachnophobia quickly became a financial success, and it’s considered to be one of the best Spider films of all time.

 

It’s also worth mentioning that this is one of the first movies where Jamie Hyneman of MythBusters Fame worked as a special effects technician. He managed to accomplish some of the film’s practical effects using simple magnets, simple but very effective.

#1. Tarantula (1955)

Tarantula (1955)

A mutated Spider escapes from a remote Arizona laboratory Experimenting with Giantism. The unlucky town of Desert Rock is in the spider’s path, and its inhabitants suffer the wrath of the giant eight legged monster.

 

The only hope of the town is a Squadron of Air Force Jets, a relatively novel vehicle at the time. In a time when giant monster movies were invoked, Tarantula redefined what it meant to depict a giant monster on the silver screen.

 

The film makes extensive use of advanced special effects for the time. And although the story takes place in Arizona, the movie was filmed entirely in California.

Tarantula is a treasure of science fiction cinema and a must-see for every fan of classic monster movies. This Spider movie was rated at 6.5 on a scale of ten on the IMDb website and is considered to be a true cult classic. 


This was our Top Spider Movies list. We have been able to compile a great list of the best Spider Movies of All Time. Do you agree with our list? If you have any suggestions or comments please shoot them down in the comments below. 

 

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