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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 film was originally begun by Herbert Tevos as "Lost Women of Zarpa", but a variety of factors--funds running out and neither the producers nor the cast being able to get along with Tevos--resulted in the production being shut down and then abandoned. A few years later Ron Ormond bought the film, shot some new footage and released it as "Mesa of Lost Women". See more »

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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 »

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More fun than a beard full of dancing, baby spiders!
24 November 2001 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

One of the best of the so-bad-it's-beautiful movies. MESA OF LOST WOMEN tells the story of a mad scientist (Jackie Coogan with a wart the size of a Roosevelt dime!) who creates beautiful dancing girls out of spiders. (most likely to help out the struggling Rockette industry!) I absolutely loved the scene with the mad doc's victim, a scientist driven insane by a spider-woman encounter. He goes around bars, quoting something close to the Bible, in a silly Elmer Fudd voice.

What I really loved about this movie was Tandra Quinn, as Tarantella, the mad doc's best spider to mucha-cha creation. She's something like a brunette Jayne Mansfield with a little bit of Vampirella thrown in. Ms. Quinn, you made film history with your really strange spider dance.


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