Friday, December 11, 2009

The Department of External Inter-Toupular Activity.

Still from the DVD trailer for The Kingdom of the Spiders (1977).

"The Department of External Inter-Toupular Activity" is one of the smaller departments of The William Shatner School of Toupological Studies, with only a few hundred staff. Its remit is to study incidences of toupular interaction by various external objects such as leaves, snow, dust...and spiders!

On January 19th 2010, a new remastered DVD of the 1977 horror movie The Kingdom of the Spiders will be released. "The Department of External Inter-Toupular Activity" is stepping up for a full-blown toupological analysis, as the film features all sorts of external disruption to Bill Shatner's toupee, including from spiders.

Watch both the DVD and original trailers below:

Interestingly, Bill Shatner appears to be wearing a hybrid toupee that is about 80% "TJ Curly" (1976-2000) era and 20% "Lost Years" (1969-1976) - which pretty much underlines where Bill Shatner's career was at this particular time. By the way, we'll have a full toupological analysis of something else for you next week, so stay tuned!


  1. Producer's note: no spider crawled under Bill´s toupee.

  2. No spiders ou toupees were harmed during the production of this picture

  3. It would be cool if they George Takei do a special feature for the DVD where he talked about Shatner's toupee and reviewed how it looked in this movie.

  4. Amazing! Bill recorded an interview for the special features of this movie! So we have side by side ratty toupee Bill and strange plugs Bill!

  5. Ratty Lost Years PieceDecember 13, 2009 at 8:21 AM

    The spider in the first picture is a rare example of a touprantul.

    It has apparently evolved to survive on the glue that anchors the toupee and spins its web in the shape of a TJ curly hairpiece.

  6. Ratty Lost Years PieceDecember 13, 2009 at 8:23 AM



  7. For those who may have missed this epochal event:

    Shatner and Palin on TV together

  8. Toup Sleuth Since 1984December 13, 2009 at 11:48 PM

    A few years ago I was doing my own toupological research. I haven't seen reference to this guy on your site (apologies if I've missed it): Could this be the Shatner 2000 look? Notice the ability to crop it short after applying it, in the makeup demonstration video.

    And, what about the parallel toupological evolutions of Burt Reynolds and The Shat? Could they be hair buddies, whose latest stop is Mr. Farrell?

  9. Those Farrellhair toups are awful. Anyone could tell that guy with the chin hair was wearing a hairpiece.