TARANTULA, Giant

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Lunar Tarantula

Species: Unclassified Araneae; Type: Alien
Leg Span: 10 ft (3 m, est); Weight: 500 lb (227 kg, est)
Abilities: Venomous fangs, wall crawler
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Land Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: None; Enemies: Humanity
Film: Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)
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Description: This gracious and well-mannered Giant Spider did her very best to greet human visitors to the moon, but they rewarded her in typical American fashion with a violent assault.
Review:
Million Monkey Theater
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Giant Tarantula '54

Species: Unclassified Araneae; Type: Mutant
Leg Span: 10 ft (3 m, est); Weight: 500 lb (227 kg, est)
Attributes: Venomous fangs, leaper, wall crawler
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Land Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: Astron Deltans; Enemies: Humanity
Film: Killers from Space (1954)
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Description: One of the many super-sized creatures bred with radioactivity by the Astron Deltans, this plucky Giant Spider never got a chance to show her stuff.

Reviews:
1,000 Misspent Hours
Million Monkey Theater
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Giant Tarantula '54

Species: Unclassified Araneae; Type: Mutant
Leg Span: 10 ft (3 m, est); Weight: 500 lb (227 kg, est)
Attributes: Venomous fangs, leaper, wall crawler
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Land Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: None; Enemies: Humanity
Film: Mesa of Lost Women (1954)
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Description: This Giant Spider was mutated as a result of scientific experiments, growing to a respectable ten-foot leg span.
Review:
The Monster Shack
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Giant Tarantula '55

Species: Brachypelma vagans; Type: Mutant
Leg Span: 300 ft (91 m, est); Weight: 7,000 tons (est)
Attributes: Venomous fangs, wall crawler
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Land Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Two (middleweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: None; Enemies: Humanity
Film: Tarantula (1955)
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Description: This Enormous Spider quickly developed a hankering for humans. She was stopped by the United States Air Force and never had a chance to truly live, her life snuffed out in her youth, like a candle in the wind. Sweet Tarantula, your candle burned out long before your legend ever did.
Review:
Horror and Sons

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Giant Tarantula '57

Species: Unclassified Araneae; Type: Mutant
Leg Span: 20 ft (6 m, est); Weight: 2 tons (est)
Attributes: Venomous fangs, wall crawler
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Land Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: None; Enemies: Humanity
Film: The Cyclops (1957)
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Description: This fuzzy Mexican Spider was mutated to a generous size by radiation from massive radium deposits.
Review:
1,000 Misspent Hours
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Giant Tarantula '58

Species: Brachypelma boehmei; Type: Mutant
Leg Span: 20 ft (6 m, est); Weight: 2 tons (est)
Attributes: Venomous fangs, web spinner, wall crawler, subterranean
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Land Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: None; Enemies: Humanity
Film: Earth vs. the Spider (1958)
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National Geographic

Description: This variety of Giant Spider was last seen in 1958, though there are sure to be other such examples in the future. They prefer to sleep in webbed caves, only coming out to eat. They will drain the fluids out of anything they can catch. They can be knocked unconscious by large amounts of insecticides, and enough electricity will harm them. This type of Tarantula has a voice box!
Reviews:
The Monster Shack
1,000 Misspent Hours

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Venusian Tarantula

Species: Unclassified Araneae; Type: Super-powered alien
Leg Span: 50 ft (15 m, est); Weight: 30 tons (est)
Attributes: Venomous fangs, wall crawler
Powers: Heat ray
Intelligence: Animal; Land Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: One (welterweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: None; Enemies: The Three Stooges
Film: Have Rocket, Will Travel (1959)
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Description: This brave Giant Spider stood her ground against three bloodthirsty humans, saving Venus from the unimaginable horror that follows humans wherever they go.
Review:
The Spinning Image
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Giant Tarantula '60

Species: Unclassified Araneae; Type: Natural
Leg Span: 20 ft (6 m, est); Weight: 2 tons (est)
Attributes: Venomous fangs, web spinner, wall crawler
Powers: Fluorescent
Intelligence: Animal; Land Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: None; Enemies: Humanity
Film: The Lost World (1960)
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Description: In Venezuela's Lost Plateau the Giant Spiders are fluorescent green, which is nice. This variety maintains a funnel web to capture her meals.
Review:
The Terrible Claw Reviews
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Giant Tarantula '66

Species: Unclassified Araneae; Type: Natural
Leg Span: 20 ft (6 m, est); Weight: 2 tons (est)
Attributes: Venomous fangs, wall crawler
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Land Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: None; Enemies: Humanity
Film: One Million Years B.C. (1966)
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Description: Tarantulas generally have very poor vision, they hunt by detecting movement. They will try to eat anything that's not bigger than they are, so people are definitely on the menu for the giant variety.
Review:
1,000 Misspent Hours
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Giant Tarantula '68

Species: Unclassified Araneae; Type: Supernatural
Leg Span: 10 ft (3 m, est); Weight: 500 lb (227 kg, est)
Attributes: Venomous fangs, wall crawler
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Land Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: None; Enemies: Humanity
Film: The Devil Rides Out (1968)
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Description: A manifestation of evil, this devilish Giant Spider was unable to drag the indomitable Professor Richelieu down to Hell with her, but if at first you don't succeed…
Review:
Oh, the Horror!
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Giant Tarantula '78

Species: Unclassified Araneae; Type: Alien
Leg Span: 30 ft (9 m, est); Weight: 7 tons (est)
Attributes: Venomous fangs
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Land Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: One (welterweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: None; Enemies: Humanity
Film: Tramps in the War of Planets (Os Trapalhões na Guerra dos Planetas, 1978)
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Description: Somewhere in the universe, there is a desert planet where this Giant Tarantula patiently waits for a meal, any meal, even a tramp will do.
Review:
Den of Geek
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Big Sister Spider
Species: Unclassified Araneae; Type: Supernatural
Leg Span: Up to 20 ft (6 m, est); Weight: Up to 2 tons (est)
Attributes: As human kung fu, as tarantula venomous fangs, web spinner, wall crawler, leaper; Powers: Energy blasts, fire breath, web blasts, summon weapon, hypnosis, shape shift between human and giant tarantula, teleportation
Intelligence: Average; Land Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: Sister Spiders; Enemies: Monkey, humanity
Film: Monkey War (孫悟空大戰飛人國, 1982)
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Description: Somewhere in the orient there's a mansion, and inside of that house lives a cluster of beautiful Giant Spiders that can turn into some not-too-shabby human females! Most of the girls transform into Spiders about the size of badger; however, Big Sister Spider turns into a massive Tarantula, so big that another sister can ride her into battle!
Review:
Tars Tarkas


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Giant Tarantula '13

Species: Homo sapiens; Type: Supernatural
Leg Span: 20 ft (6 m, est); Weight: 2 tons (est)
Attributes: Venomous fangs, web spinner, wall crawler
Powers: Shapeshifter
Intelligence: Average; Land Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: Spiders, humanity; Enemies: None
Film: Enemy (2013)
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Description: If you are dating a Canadian "human" female, please be advised that there is a significant chance she could be part Giant Tarantula, and remain calm. It could be worse.
Review:
Roger Ebert
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Giant Tarantula '13

Species: Unclassified Araneae; Type: Mutant
Leg Span: 50 ft (15 m, est); Weight: 30 tons (est)
Attributes: Venomous fangs, wall crawler
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Average; Land Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: None; Enemies: Humanity
Film: The Giant Spider (2013)
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Description: Radiation might be bad for people, but it's just peaches for Tarantulas don't you know. Oh well, the needs of the Giant Spiders outweigh the needs of the people; nuclear testing will continue.
Review:
Horror News Net

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