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The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946)

 -  Horror  -  21 April 1947 (Sweden)
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A young girl goes to work as a live-in caretaker for a spooky old woman. She doesn't know that every night, the woman drains some blood from her to feed her strange plant.



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Cast overview:
Miss Zenobia Dollard
Brenda Joyce ...
Jean Kingsley
Kirby Grant ...
Hal Wentley
Mr. Moore
Rondo Hatton ...
Mario the Monster Man
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Bill Stapleton
Ruth Robinson ...
Mrs. Wentley (scenes deleted)
Adda Gleason ...
Martha (scenes deleted)
Lois Austin ...
Jenny Hawks (scenes deleted)
Tom Daly ...
Sam Julian (scenes deleted)
Eula Guy ...
Molly Cowin (scenes deleted)
Tom, an angry rancher


Jean takes the job of caretaker/companion (before the word took on a completely alternate-life style meaning) to blind woman Zenobia. Also hanging around the house, in this horror/western, is Mario, a deaf-mute servant who evidently wasn't much help to Zenobia when it came to identifying the source of a noise Zenobia couldn't see. Jean is a little slow in realizing that Zenobia is slowly killing her by taking her blood. Nothing personal. Zenobia needs her blood to feed some plants. She uses the blossoms of the plants to make poison to kill cattle in order to drive away the local ranchers so she can buy all the Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

21 April 1947 (Sweden)  »

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The Spider Woman Strikes Back  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Shooting lasted October 1-18, 1945, released March 22, 1946, following the death of Rondo Hatton on February 2. See more »


Referenced in Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) See more »

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This movie gets a bum rap!
8 February 2013 | by (Sunnyvale, California) – See all my reviews

Having read the other reviews of this movie, I am struck with the idea that people must have been expecting another Dracula or Frankenstein or The Black Cat. This movie is emblematic of dozens of B horror films of the period that were fun to watch but were hardly great art. It adds the distinction of great atmospherics: the "old dark house", the fabulously creepy Rondo Hatton, the deliciously evil Gale Sondegaard and the handsome, wholesome hero, Kirby Grant. Citizen Kane it ain't, but in the context of films like "Fog Island", "The 13th Guest", or "a Shriek in the Night" it was certainly more enjoyable. Plot wise, it incorporates elements of vampire flicks (blood sucking), wolf man flicks (rare plant research), and the good versus evil conflict within Rondo Hatton's character. Oscar material? Hardly, but great fun. Lighten up people!

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