Horrors of Spider Island (1960) (Blu-ray Review)

Horrors of Spider Island (1960) (Blu-ray Review)

Horrors of Spider Island (1960) (Blu-ray Review)

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Horrors of Spider Island (1960) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Fritz Böttger
Starring: Harald Maresch, Helga Franck, Alexander D’Arcy
Rated: UR/Region: O/1.37/Number of discs: 1
Available from Severin Films

A team of chorus girls find themselves caught in a deadly web when they are shipwrecked on a remote South Seas island. The lush, tropical isle seems an ideal place to await their rescue, but hidden in the jungle are giant poisonous spiders. A venomous bite transforms the girls’ escort into a disfigured beast, half-man and half-insect. Consumed with lust and craving blood, the monster hunts down the defenseless girls and slaughters them one by one. The ensuing panic drives the dancers to squabble and fight among themselves until they realize that their only hope for survival is to work together in a final stand against the monster…

Is Horrors of Spider Island a good movie per say? Heeeck no! It’s probably not the easiest movie to get through if I am, to be honest with you, but it’s an odd one none the less and that awkward charm it seems to manage to still have might be the selling point for most. Coming to you from Severin with a release that features two different versions of the films (one with the women clothed) this thing is something and even as I write this I’m not 100% sure what. We open the movie with a bunch of girls trying to score a gig and the lucky (or unlucky) ones end up being picked and as luck would have it end up on this darn spider island where horrors await in some very unintentionally funny moments. This is a creature feature like you’d see on late-night TV back in the day and late at night when you are half asleep and weird from being tired might just be the best time to watch this one.

This one is mostly dubbed outside of the portions of the movie that were never dubbed but it’s an interesting watch for some of the more awkward reasons, that dub being one. The movie doesn’t roll off with anything like Tarantino dialogue but some of the stuff these people say are quotable in the for better or for worse kind of ways. Horrors of Spider Island isn’t a good movie at the end of the day, but it’s a movie that you’d think was great based on how well of a release it gets here from Severin. You get more than one version and you even get a nice slipcase with this one. You would think that we were dealing with a movie much better than we actually are but it’s still worth checking out just to see how silly and weird it is.

Extras

  • NEW RESTORATION OF THE COMPLETE UNCENSORED VERSION OF THE FILM
  • NEW RESTORATION of the Alternate US Release Version: IT’S HOT IN PARADISE
  • The History of Spider Island With Prof. Dr. Marcus Stiglegger
  • Audio Interview with Actor Alexander D’Arcy by Horror Historian David Del Valle
  • Alternate Clothed Scenes
  • Trailer
  • Reversible Artwork
  • REGION-FREE

Quality of Transfer: 92%

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