Harry Potter's Aragog and 12 more humongous movie spiders

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:16 PM EST

Tonight's episode of Monster Man (10/9C on Syfy) sees the prop makers creating a spider, which should win over anyone who thinks CGI monsters are better-looking than models. Personally, we'd achieve that by making a giant, remote-controlled monster that shoots lasers at anyone who puts down the power of good model effects.

We took a look at giant spider models throughout the history of sci-fi film and television to catch up with the best ... and the silliest. Note that we're not counting CGI spiders (sorry, Shelob), nor are we counting films that use a real spider filmed to look huge (sorry, half the films of the 1950s).