Horrors of Spider Island (1960)

Horrors of Spider Island (1960) movie poster

director Fritz Böttger
viewed: 12/15/2015

Now THIS is a really good bad movie.  First, it’s a really bad movie.  A West German horror/semi-sexploitation flick, dubbed into American.  Fodder for Mystery Science Theater 3000, of course.  A supreme artifact.

A producer hires a bunch of dancing girls for a tour of Singapore (their try-outs make up the first segment of the story).  Their flight crashes somewhere in the South Pacific(?) and they find themselves washed up on…you guessed it: Spider Island.

Why is it called Spider Island?  Because there are big fake spiders spinning webs and turning their bite victims into…I don’t know exactly.  Wikipedia cites it as a werewolf but I’m going to go with “monster face”.

More than horrors, though, are the dancing girls, who take any opportunity to strip down to their underthings.  Or even go skinny dipping.  Most of the film focuses on this rather than the monster aspects.  There is also a wonderfully rampant overtone of sexism throughout.

According to Wikipedia, the German title is Ein Toter hing im Netz (A Dead One Hung in the Web) and alternate titles included: It’s Hot in Paradise, Hot in Paradise, Girls of Spider Island and Spider’s Web.   I don’t know “A Dead One Hung in the Web” just has a ring to it.

I’m not a fan of MST3K, mainly because I’d rather make my own jibes at the screen.  This flick is ripe for it.  Comedy pops from its many elements.  This is a king among bad movies and all the more appealing for being so.

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