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Giant Spiders Return To Gleason

Giant spiders are taking over Gleason once again. The spiders first made their debut in Lincoln County in the 1975 movie "The Giant Spider Invasion." Now they're back raising more havoc than ever, but not for the reasons you may think.

No, they're not making a sequel. So why have these giant spiders come out of hiding? It's all thanks to local historian Bill Dexter who found the invading spiders. Specifically the two 30ft spiders that, according to the movie's director, are responsible for making "The Giant Spider Invasion" a cult classic.

"Rhinelander's got the Hodag and Hayward's got the Muskie. Gleason should have the giant spider," Dexter told NewsChannel 7.

The rusty spider shell mounted on an old Volkswagon chassis may not look like much now, but back when the movie was made in 1975 this spider terrorized the residents of Lincoln County. Dexter's on a mission to bring that same terror back by restoring it. A project that takes him back to the good old days.

"All the scenes that were in the movie are in my old bar," he explained.

With only the welded shells remaining, Dexter's next step is to cover the spiders and put their legs back on. Once that's done, he can get creative.

"Maybe we can put a battery in the eyes so its got red eyes. So when you drive through town you'll see two big red eyes," Dexter said.

He hopes to have at least one of the giant spiders complete by this summer. The plan is to put the spider on posts right outside the community building in Gleason.

"I'm sure there will be a lot of people stopping to get their pictures taken of their kids and the giant spider...It's more popular today than when the movie was made," Dexter told NewsChannel 7.

As far as a sequel to "The Giant Spider Invasion" is concerned, the movie's director Bill Rebane isn't ruling it out. But if a sequel does happen, the giant spiders will be computer generated instead of mechanical.


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