Seriously, even if spiders give you the heebie-jeebies, you need to watch this. With a little bit of audio editing, a tarantula shedding its exoskeleton becomes cute—even if it's still a bit creepy.
This image may look like something dreamed up for a surreal horror movie, but it's a real horror for the tarantula in question. This unfortunate arachnid is infected with Cordyceps, a parasitic fungus that replaces its host's tissue with its own.
Fear is one of the most universally understood human emotions. Every one of us is familiar with the feelings, behaviors, and symptoms engendered by fear — so familiar, in fact, that we can sense it in the voices and actions of our friends and loved ones, and even recognize it in the facial expressions of complete…
Tarantulas earned their fear-inducing reputation not because they're particularly deadly - they aren't, at least not to humans - but because they're so huge. In fact, they're so large that they shouldn't be able to climb walls without falling off.
Back in the mid-1950s, if you wanted to make a giant monster you worked with a basic toolkit: Stock footage, dim lighting, and editing tricks. And yet somehow this mega-spider from 1955's Tarantula is more convincing than today's CGI mega-whatevers.
Genre movies are like folk tales: hundreds of people tell the same basic story again and again, with little variations and tweaks. Thus part of the pleasure of watching horror or scifi movies, at least for me, is figuring out which things have been tweaked — and which stories are getting retold. I like to make little…