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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
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is an early Roger Corman production and it shows many of the trademarks of such a film. It has a very simple story, the budget is pretty low and there is, of course, a monster. But I do think the current score of 4.1 is a bit high as the film is an odd blend of romance, crime and cheesy mutant spiders! The film concerns a handsome outdoorsman (Michael Forest) who has been contracted to guide some folks through the Dakota wilderness. What he doesn't realize is that these people are criminals--and after pulling a robbery they plan on killing him. During their time in the snowy north, Forest slowly falls in love with one of the gangster's girl. And, by the way, a giant spidery-thingie attacks them and starts killing them off one by one! This is an amazingly bizarre combination of genres, that's for sure! On the positive side, Forest was handsome and did a pretty good job in the lead. And, at least the film has some nice wintry scenery. But there is so much against it--one of the dumber monsters I've ever seen (even for a Corman film, it's pretty bad), the writing is only okay at best and it's very, very, very talky. Not a terrible film--if it were, it would be more enjoyable. Not even good for a laugh--except when the dumb monster arrives.
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