Great Spider

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RKO Pictures (formerly RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.) Monster
Great Spider
Great Spider
Alternate Names Spider, Keg Spider, Insect
Species Giant Spider
First Appearance King Kong
Latest Appearance Merian C. Cooper's King Kong

The Great Spider is a giant arachnid monster that was scrapped from the 1933 film King Kong, but does appear in the film's script and novelization.

Name

The Great Spider is never given a proper title, and is often simply referred to as a spider. However, an individual is at one point referenced as "the great spider."

Design

The Great Spiders are described in the novelization as resembling "kegs on many legs," and having "protruding eyes of no discernible color." While the creature is acknowledged as a spider in the novelization, in the film's script it is instead referred to as an insect.

History

King Kong

The Spiders inhabited the great crevice of Skull Mountain Island, and lived in the numerous caves and crevices that lined it. After a member of the species sized up a Two-Legged Lizard, it decided that it was too large to take on, and instead opted to eat an Octopus-Insect. Shortly after this, King Kong and a Triceratops began to shake human sailors off of a log bridging the chasm. One fell into the slimy mud at the bottom, and was swarmed by six Great Spiders that ate him alive. After the rest of them were sent into the pit, the Great Spiders, Octopus-Insects, and Two-Legged Lizards all fought for the new carrion.

Merian C. Cooper's King Kong

While the crew of the Wanderer peered into the Skull Island chasm, Carl Denham watched as a Great Spider appeared to hunt a gigantic lizard before being deterred. Denham then saw he was mistaken, and that the Spider was instead hunting a round, tentacled creature. The Spider quickly sprang upon its prey and dragged it into the seclusion of one of the many crevices lining the chasm wall.

Comics

King Kong (1991)

King Kong #2

As the crew of the Wanderer crosses a log over the Skull Island chasm, Kong began to shake them off, leading to a crewman falling into the web spun by the Great Spiders directly beneath it.

King Kong #3

The surviving Wanderer crewman, Jack Driscoll and Ann Darrow watched in horror as Kong shook the log and more and more crewman fell into the web and were mobbed by the Spider colony. As Kong shook the log, it eventually came loose and he threw it into the pit, causing the web to rupture and the spiders to go flying.

Gallery

King Kong (1991)

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Kaiju
Unmade



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