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Mesa of Lost Women (1953)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 17 June 1953 (USA)
A mad scientist named Arana is creating giant spiders and dwarfs in his lab on Zarpa Mesa in Mexico. He wants to create a master race of superwomen by injecting his female subjects with spider venom.

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Cast

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Dr. Aranya
Allan Nixon ...
'Doc' Tucker
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Dan Mulcahey
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Narrator (voice)
Paula Hill ...
Doreen Culbertson (as Mary Hill)
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Grant Phillips
Tandra Quinn ...
Tarantella
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Pepe (as Chris Pin Martin)
Harmon Stevens ...
Nico Lek ...
Jan van Croft
Kelly Drake ...
Lost Woman
John Martin ...
Frank
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George (as George Burrows)
Candy Collins ...
Lost Woman
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Blonde 'Watcher in the Woods' (as Delores Fuller)
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A mad scientist named Arana is creating giant spiders and dwarfs in his lab on Zarpa Mesa in Mexico. He wants to create a master race of superwomen by injecting his female subjects with spider venom.

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A race of deadly spider-women luring men to their death! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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17 June 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Attack of the Spider Women  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although it was ultimately rejected, the film was considered as a possible choice for an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988), See more »

Goofs

Rear shots of Frank's jeep show a man wearing a fedora in the passenger seat, but close-ups show Pepe in the passenger seat, wearing a sombrero. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Leland J. Masterson: [referring to Tarantella dancing] You like her?
Jan van Croft: Very pretty... Fascinating... As a dancer, of course!
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Featured in Horror Incorporated: Mesa of Lost Women (1953) (2003) See more »

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Mesa of Lost Flamenco Guitar Players!
12 April 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie TWICE within the same week. Yes I did, believe it or not, but I do not ordinarily subject myself to such pure torture, but the main reason was (other than sharing my find with a close friend) - I wanted to count the number of times that the exact same chord sequence and jangling flamenco guitar riff repeated (plus, I kept expecting a villain to appear from behind the bat-wing doors of an old western tavern). I confess that I gave up and threw my notebook at the screen after only about ten minutes in. Yet I continued to watch it again, slowly tugging at my hair, whilst my friend stared at the screen with his mouth open during the amazingly weird voice-overs that may have found a place in a commercial for men's cheap cologne...

Okay, it isn't a movie solely about an infinite flamenco guitar motif as it also has someone banging a key or two on the piano here and there at inopportune moments throughout... I confess that I still heard parts of the soundtrack in my head about three days after I last saw this, so be careful if you value your sanity.

Anyway, it's about a mad doctor who seemingly doesn't even know the difference between spiders and insects, which is no surprise, really. His experiments, other that making giant mutant spiders that are shy and need to hide behind a folding dressing screen, is producing beautiful strong women, and very short ugly men. Why the women turn out beautiful instead of more spider-like (unlike what is implied) is anyone's guess.

I would guess that the dance of Tarantella is supposed to be somewhat erotic and I guess it is, in a way, and probably the only thing worth watching other than laughing yourself sick at Masterson's gleeful stare whilst pretending to be quite mad. (I assume he was just pretending, anyway.)

Seriously, if you want to hear an endless flamenco guitar motif that deeply embeds itself in your brain forever and ever, this is the one to watch!

1/10.


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