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Horrors of Spider Island
Horrors of Spider Island
Actors: Alexander D'Arcy, Barbara Valentin, Rainer Brandt, Harald Maresch, Elfie Wagner
Director: Fritz Böttger
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2003     1hr 17min

     
     
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Actors: Alexander D'Arcy, Barbara Valentin, Rainer Brandt, Harald Maresch, Elfie Wagner
Director: Fritz Böttger
Creators: Georg Krause, Fritz Böttger, Heidi Genée, Gaston Hakim, Wolf C. Hartwig, Albert G. Miller, Eldon Howard
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Classics, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Alpha Video
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 11/18/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 17min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Almost Unbearable Without the MST3K Treatment
Robert I. Hedges | 03/26/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"'Horrors of Spider Island' was made in Germany and originally called 'Ein Toter hing im Netz', literally 'A Dead One Hung in the Net', a catchy title that is actually a bit more informative and true to the film than the English version. In this film a group of dancers are enroute to Singapore when their plane crashes vertically (and on fire) into the Pacific Ocean, leaving them totally unscathed along with their manager, Gary. Gary runs afoul of the lamest spider I have ever seen on film and becomes a monster that the box describes as 'half-man and half-insect', but I prefer to refer to as a mangy werewolf in need of braces. The vast bulk of the film involves the girls walking around the island yelling "Gary!" in badly dubbed voices, although there are a couple of fight scenes and even an occasional glimpse of the monster. I had seen the MST3K version of this film and had enjoyed it, but then again, I like MST3K in general. I thought that I might enjoy watching the original version of the film, but I was wrong. Before watching this version of the film, I had no idea how much the staff at Best Brains suffered to prepare their version for television. I didn't do a timing comparison, but it seems to me that the MST version must have edited out some of the wandering around the island footage, as I didn't recall the movie being this long. I have almost never been so eager for a film to end, and even though the ending of the DVD version is very abrupt, I was grateful for the conclusion. If you are insistent upon having every bad monster movie ever made, by all means buy this film; otherwise, leave it alone, it is just too painful to watch, and the camp value is not strong enough to numb the pain."
Of Spiders and Exotic Dancers.
Robert S. Clay Jr. | St. Louis, MO., USA | 12/16/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Please understand that I am a die-hard cheesy movie buff. Pause with me while I attempt to explain this movie. Around 1960, a European filmmaker blended sci-fi horror with sexploitation. What this premise lacks in originality it usually gains in our twisted curiousity. Hope springs eternal. An exotic dance troupe (i.e.; strippers) and their male manager, stranded on a remote Pacific island, find a dead scientist dangling in a big web. They find the dead man's research notes that reference a strange "hissing" around the perimeter of his camp. This is a promising start. The women are worth viewing as they display ample cleavage and bare legs. The "giant spiders" are not giant. They are about the size of cats. They are as "real" as discount store Halloween decorations. Never mind batteries, you can almost see the windup key turning. Classic sci-fi fans who recall "Tarantula" should adjust their expectations. Low budget is, after all, low budget. I know it sounds an unlikely thing to say, but the script spends too much time on the "girlie" show. Between the basic B&W photography and the constraints of the censor, attractive women just hanging out can get dull. Even the occasional catfight can't ease the tedium. When the boss turns monstrous with spider venom, I thought the story would get moving. No such luck. The mutated guy disappears into the jungle, and only sporadically reappears. The story comes to the inevitable climax. No, I don't mean that kind of climax. Ultimately, the script can't decide between sexploitation and horror. It succeeds at neither. This flick is okay for we of the cheesy movie hall of fame fan club. Not great, just okay. The low priced DVD edition is adequate from a technical quality standpoint. Go slowly into this dark night. ;-)"
Mis-leading
Mark P. Cowman | Cork Ireland | 01/26/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Transformed into the worlds most hideous monster with a diabolical lust to kill! Or so that was the slogan of the movie. Absolute rubbish! This film couldn't be more mis-leading. This film is a "sexploitation" film of the early sixties, with lots of bimbo girls running around in bikini's. Don't expect any nudity, and don't expect it to frighten you either. It is not a horror movie, as you are lead to believe. Upon reading the title, and the back of the DVD, you would think you are in for 90 minutes of giant spiders killing and maiming, and a guy hideously deformed by one of their bites goes nutzoid and starts killing all the poor defenceless naked girls. But, alas, no hope. This is a strange movie. The only reason it was marketed as a horror movie was because this genre was the biggest attraction of it's time. The film starts off promising enough. A group of girls and one man - Gary - are helplessly marooned on an island that contains relatively large spiders that look more like monkeys with rubber legs. Gary gets comically attacked by one of the "spiders", and is, in a matter of seconds, transformed into a monster. That's the first 15 minutes over with. From there the story goes off on a wild tangent, confusing the viewer. Gary does not re-appear until the very end of the movie, and only kills two of the dozen available for slaughter. The entire middle of the film is just women going around in those classical 60's bikinis. It's like watching Baywatch in 1960!I don't honestly need to give a plot summary here as there really isn't one. It really is just a stupid film that is desperately trying to sell itself off as a sexy horror spider movie. There is no nudity. There is no horror. And there are only 3 spiders in the whole film!!!This film is absolute tosh and a pure waste of money. Half way through the film you are left wondering: 'what the hell has happened to Gary, and where are all the spiders'. I too asked myself the same question.The film is B&W, and hasn't aged too badly, although the sound has deteriorated a bit, and some scenes look a bit smudgy. But all in all, acceptable for rubbish of this kind. Best avoided unless you are collecting a definitive horror collection."
ALPHA DVD VERSION
Richard J. Oravitz | 12/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"CLASSIC BABES STRANDED ON HOT TROPICAL ISLAND FLICK. YES, THEY DISROBE OFTEN, BICKER, CAT-FIGHT, DANCE, GIGGLE, SCREAM & TAKE BATHES AT THE DROP OF A....THEIR MANAGER, MACHO GARY WHO SEEMS PRETTY SLEEZEY RIGHT OFF ACTUALLY BECOMES A RATHER STRAIGHT-UP TAKE CHARGE GUY AFTER A PLANE CRASH LEAVES ALL STRANDED ON SOME DEAD PROFESSOR'S RADIOACTIVE DESERTED ISLAND. HOWEVER, GARY STRAYS OFF ONE NIGHT & GETS BITTEN BY SOME SPIDER-BAT-CAT-SOMETHING AND BECOMES A WEREWOLF-SPIDER-BAT? MAN WHO CHASES & KILLS SOME OF THE ALMOST NAKED GIRLS. I KINDDA FELT SORRY FOR POOR GARY.
THE ALPHA DVD VERSION IS CERTAINLY WATCHABLE, A LITTLE DARK IN SPOTS, A LITTLE JUMPY...IT ENDS ABRUPTLY. I'M SHELLING OUT THE EXTRA BUCKS FOR THE "IMAGE" VERSION. I THINK IT'LL BE WORTH IT."