5 Memorable Spiders In Movies
A couple of months ago, I started a series called “5 Memorable…” The first instalment was 5 Memorable Earthquakes in Movies, which you can read here, and this is the second instalment, which, as the title suggests, reminds us of five times spiders were important to the plot in movies.
1: The Radioactive Spider, Spider-Man
I thought I’d get the obvious one out of the way first. One single solitary (yet radioactive) spider changed Peter Parker’s life and etc. etc. Willem Dafoe, etc.
2: The Spider-God, Through A Glass Darkly
My personal favourite of the list, the appearance by God as a malicious stone-faced spider as seen through the eyes of insanity is quite a moving, striking thought. Ingmar Bergman’s film vocabulary is filled to the brim with metaphors, and this is probably one of the most memorable and well-played ones.
3: The Giant Spider, The Incredible Shrinking Man
One of the most daring and triumphant victories of man over beast is a peculiar one, indeed. In this 1957 sci-fi movie, which is quite different to others of its time, the protagonist finds himself shrinking to the point of invisibility, and finally winning a battle against a giant spider.
4: The Spider in the Bathroom, Annie Hall
“Honey, there’s a spider in your bathroom the size of a Buick!” It might not play a big part in the overall film of Annie Hall, but then again there are few scenes which actually have recurring references. It’s all like a big jumbled up mixture of random scenes from a relationship, like a series of comedy sketches.
5: Spider, Spider
The only human selection for this list, Ralph Fiennes portrayal of a mentally-secluded man confronting the demons of his childhood is a powerful tale with a great twist. David Cronenberg knows his stuff. This may not be a real spider, but in some ways, it counts.
So those are my five top picks. Can you think of any more? What do you think of the list? Leave a comment below.
Thanks for reading.