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An adulterous newspaper reporter, who has just experienced a heart attack, pesters a black doctor into investigating the questionable medical practices taking place at the hospital where both are residing.
Louis Gossett Jr.,
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Gangster Alexander Ward, his girl friend, Gypsy Boulet, and two henchmen come to Deadwood, South Dakota with the idea of stealing a few gold bars. They enlist the aid of a local ski instructor, Gil Jackson, and plan to use him as a guide out of the territory after the robbery. However, a blizzard forces them to take refuge in Jackson's cabin, where Gypsy lowers the inside temperature by giving the cold shoulder to Ward, her former sweetie until she saw Jackson. Ward don't care, as he plans to kill Jackson after they have no further use of him. But they had used an explosion in a cave to serve as a distraction during the heist, and this explosion had irritated the big spider that lived there and, sure enough, all hands have to seek refuge in the cave from the fury of the storm. All but two of them would have been better off facing the South Dakota elements. Written by
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This is chilling in more ways than one: actually filmed in the cold, snowy Dakotas, it's the story of crooks who create a diversion by blowing up a cave, so they can rob a nearby town. Trouble is they've disrupted the lair of a vampiric spidery beast which follows them as they head toward a hide-out in the forest. This is a truly eerie effort, enhanced by ripe dialogue, excellent direction (Monte Hellman), co-produced by the Corman brothers, to maximum effect. The music is especially shuddery, also used in at least "Attack of the Giant Leeches" (1958), "Night of the Blood Beast" (1958) and "The Wasp Woman" (1959). Three performers never reached their potential: Richard Sinatra as a crook (and relative of Frank's) only made a few pictures, Frank Wolff, the head honcho, committed suicide 12 years later at age 40, and lastly Sheila Carol, who did only 3 films, and is memorable as the Lauren Bacall-ish, unhappy moll who longs for the kidnapped guide (Michael Forest), but is stuck with the abusive Wolff. The final sequence in the atmospheric cave, (pre-dates "Alien" - 1979), will give you nightmares for years.
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