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Body in the Web (1960)

Ein Toter hing im Netz (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | March 1962 (USA)
Survivors of a plane crash on a remote island find it is covered by spiders. When bitten, the survivors start turning into spiders!


(as Jaime Nolan)

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Complete credited cast:
Harald Maresch ...
Joe (as Temple Foster)
Helga Franck ...
Gary Webster (as Alexander d'Arcy)
Helga Neuner ...
Rainer Brandt ...
Robby (as Reiner Brandt)
Dorothee Parker ...
Gladys (as Dorothee Glöklen) (as Norma Townes)
Gerry Sammer ...
Eva Schauland ...
Helma Vandenberg ...
Kate (as Helma van den Berg)
Elfie Wagner ...
Linda (as Donna Ulsike)
Babs (as Barbara Valentine)
Walter Faber ...


En route to a show in Singapore, a troupe of beautiful dancers are stranded on a deserted island by a plane crash. Their routine of skinny-dipping and devising new skimpy outfits is interrupted when a radioactive spider bites their manager and turns him into a wild-eyed, furry-faced monster with three fangs and a passion for strangling. Written by D.A. Kellough <dkelloug@infinet.com>

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Did You Know?


The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1960, as "Horrors of Spider Island." It was eventually released on DVD, uncut, in 2010. See more »


Gary repeatedly refers to the gun as a revolver, yet it has no cylinder. Later, he loads a magazine into it, proving it is not a revolver. See more »


Joe: I don't know any girls and when I think of the ones I do, I'd rather work.
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The Spiders of Whores Island
16 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Silly, stupid, bad acting, worse dubbing, non-existent plot...I liked this movie!

Manly and ruggedly handsome Gary and his sweet and shrewd girlfriend Georgia are taking a team of dancing girls down to Singapore. Too bad their plane catches fire and slams into the ocean at full speed. Miraculously, Gary, Georgia and most of the dancers survive this horrific accident with not a broken limb or even a bruise in sight. They wash up on an uncharted desert isle and find a cabin containing a corpse hanging in a giant spider web. Momentarily upset, they soon shrug it off and strip down to their underwear while a sultry sax plays. Gary wanders off into the stormy night after Georgia catches him playing tongue wars with one of the sluttier dancers. He never returns. Georgia and the other girls are now alone on the island...or are they? Some unknown menace strangles the slut and then disappears again, leaving the rest of the girls to go skinny dipping and wrestle each other in their underwear. When a small boat arrives, carrying the partners of the dead man in the web, there's time for a wild dance party and lots of making out before sailing home. Unfortunately, Gary has been waiting all this time (having done nothing but hide inside of a tree for the entire middle of the movie) and makes his appearance on this last night, ready to wreak bloody carnage! Gary has been bitten by a mutant spider and is now one himself...sort of. Actually, he looks kind of like Neanderthal Man with glue- on vampire fangs but we're supposed to believe that he is now a spider monster!

The horror elements of this film seemed almost an afterthought, thrown in to attract a larger crowd. Really, this is just an exploitation film, featuring lots of curvy young women gadding about in their underthings, dancing, cat-fighting, swimming, bathing and seducing the young men who find them. It's a terrible movie, but it's amusing nonetheless. If you like cheap exploitation and aren't picky about things like plot, then you'll enjoy this one. It's a really poor man's Russ Meyer film...with spiders!

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