Monster-of-the-Week: …this week let’s give the nod to this giant fire-breathing tarantula…
…a specimen of the local fauna on the planet Venus, as envisioned in the 1959 Stooges feature Have Rocket, Will Travel.
This movie was very far indeed from the finest hour for the franchise, at this stage consisting of Moe Howard, Larry Fine and “Curly Joe” DeRita, but when I saw it, screened in the basement of my Presbyterian church to fight off kid boredom on a Saturday afternoon in summer when I was eight or nine, I thought it a fine piece of cinema. I wasn’t much of a Stooge fan as a kid—my appreciation of them has grown in adulthood—but I liked the movie for its imaginative sci-fi elements, not least because of this combustible creature.
The film may be viewed in its entirety, here.