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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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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)
Robert Knapp ...
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
George Barrows ...
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)  »

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Attack of the Spider Women  »

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The name "Tarantella" for the dancer played by Tandra Quinn is an in-joke. "Tarantella" is both the Italian word for "tarantula" and the name of an Italian dance that is supposed to make the person doing it look like he or she has just been bitten by a tarantula. See more »

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At several points in the dialogue, Dr. Aranya is said to be doing experiments involving "hexapods" - meaning six-legged insects. But he is actually working with tarantulas, which are spiders (not insects) and therefore have eight legs. See more »

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This thing is hilarious!
29 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is just plain fun. I consider it a budding cult classic. I say "budding" only because it seems to be relatively unknown. Jackie Coogan, who rocked as Uncle Fester of The Addams Family TV series, rocks as a mad scientist. Harmon Stevens is just as much a hoot as the insane doctor. Tandra Quinn, who plays Tarantella, is a major babe and her dance number shows it. Samuel Wu, who oddly enough plays the character Wu, speaks only in what sounds like an ancient Chinese proverb dialect and comes off as ludicrously funny. The deadly spider-girls are all pretty, the dwarfs are actually all dwarfs, the voice over is cool and crazy, and parts of it are over the top in ways reminiscent of Plan 9 From Outer Space. I love this thing. Its in a class of its own and ought not be compared to other films. It is what it is and needs to be viewed that way. Its a gut buster. Want your own personal cult classic that no one else knows about? Adopt the Mesa of Lost Women.


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