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The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 22 March 1946 (USA)
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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Hal Wentley
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Mr. Moore
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Mario the Monster Man
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Bill Stapleton
Ruth Robinson ...
Mrs. Wentley
Adda Gleason ...
Martha
Lois Austin ...
Jenny Hawks
Tom Daly ...
Sam Julian
Eula Guy ...
Molly Cowin
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Tom
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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 land...cheap. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Vingança da Mulher Aranha  »

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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 »

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Referenced in Ellery Queen: The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument (1975) See more »

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28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Spider Woman Strikes Back, The (1946)

** (out of 4)

Rare and forgotten Universal horror film has a nurse going to a creepy house to take care of a blind woman. The blind woman actually has her sight and is poisoning cows so that she can run the farmers off. Sound dumb? It's actually very dumb and the title is quite misleading, although I guess they were trying to cash in on the Sherlock Holmes film. This is the type of film where you keep waiting for something to happen but it never does. The performances are all rather dry as is the direction but it does move at a nice pace making the 57-minutes go by very fast. Jack Pierce is credited as the makeup artist yet there's no makeup in the film!


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