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Body in the Web (1960)
"Ein Toter hing im Netz" (original title)

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


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Complete credited cast:
Harald Maresch ...
Joe (as Temple Foster)
Helga Franck ...
Alexander D'Arcy ...
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)
Barbara Valentin ...
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 <>

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First released in the United States in 1962, as an Adults-Only movie titled "It's Hot in Paradise." Three years later, trimmed of its nude scenes, it was re-released in the U.S. as a horror/sci-fi monster film, "Horrors of Spider Island". See more »


Close-up shots of Gary as a spider often show him surrounded by plants, even when long shots show him in an open space. See more »


Nelly: Gary! Look what I just found.
Gary Webster: A hammer! There must be someone on this island! A hammer... with a long handle... It must be for the purpose of excavating some sort of metal, most probably Uranium.
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Sufficiently Enjoyable Rubbish for Bad Movie Buffs
22 March 2005 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

It doesn't take you long to suspect that this movie was made quickly and cheaply, and the opening scenes with the 'dance girl' auditions is definitely a large signpost which says "Bad Movie Buffs Only".

As you might expect from the title, there needs to be a way to quickly get our girls (and guy) to Spider Island, and the obligatory plane crash helps. It's the highlight of the film, as the stock footage suggests we are no longer watching a DC-3, but rather a Kamikaze plane in a ball of fire rapidly dropping from the sky into a raging sea. The fact that they all manage to survive almost confirms the amazing optimism expressed by the girls manager back on shore, where he tells a distressed relative on the phone "No need to fear the worse, all we know is the plane caught fire and we lost radio contact".

OK, I think its best come clean and reveal that the real horror of Spider Island is the appalling overdubbing of the voices. In fact, after a while, you start listening to the secondary sound effects, to see if they are as equally bad. I particularly like a scene where someone is showering in a waterfall, but the actual sound effect is that of someone gargling water. So, the film does manage in this way to keep your interest.

And, in a strange way, as the plot and women begin to be revealed, you begin to wonder what will happen next, only because you know it will not be logical, and probably will involve women fighting. And the women are great, a flash back to when buxom was in, women could really cat-fight, and they had no trouble in throwing themselves shamelessly at an ordinary man.

So overall, a few agreeable moments for the bad film buff. In particular, I suggest you watch out early on for the logical jump when they find an extended-handle hammer, and the guy concludes: "Ahh, an extended-handle hammer, they must be mining uranium". Now, as well known in bad film land, uranium is the universal cause of giant nasty animals, so you are ready for big spiders to start appearing. Yet, in this film, uranium also seems to be an aphrodisiac, making the extended-handle hammer metaphor even more poignant.

This movie was on the Treeline 50 sci-fi classics compilation – I suspect it is not readily available as a single release. The type of film you wouldn't seek to watch, but if you are stuck on the lounge after a heavy pizza and it came on, you probably would end up watching it.

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