5.7/10
425
17 user 12 critic

Nella stretta morsa del ragno (1971)

R | | Horror | 1975 (USA)
The journalist Alan Foster makes a bet than he can spend one night at the haunted Blackwood Castle. As he learns, the rumors of ghosts at the castle are indeed true. On All Soul's Eve the ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Anthony M. Dawson)

Writers:

(screenplay revision), (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A journalist takes a bet that he can spend the night in a haunted castle on All Hallow's Eve. During his stay, he bears witness to the castle's gruesome past coming to life before him, and falls in with a beautiful female ghost.

Directors: Sergio Corbucci, Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Barbara Steele, Georges Rivière, Margrete Robsahm
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An alien agent from the distant planet Davana is sent to Earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There, he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Morgan Jones
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In a small Scottish village, horribly murdered bodies keep turning up. Suspicion falls upon the residents of a nearby castle that is haunted by a curse involving a killer cat.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Jane Birkin, Hiram Keller, Françoise Christophe
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

International man of mystery Diabolik pulls heist after heist but European cops led by inspector Ginko and envious mobsters led by Ralph Valmont are closing-in on him.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: John Phillip Law, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A Victorian-age scientist returns to London with his paleontological bag-of-bones discovery from Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, when exposed to water, flesh returns to the bones ... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Lorna Heilbron
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

500 years after they were blinded and executed for committing human sacrifices, a band of Templar knights returns from the grave to terrorize a rural Portuguese village during it's ... See full summary »

Director: Amando de Ossorio
Stars: Tony Kendall, Fernando Sancho, Esperanza Roy
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Gary Hamilton, innocently sentenced to ten years in prison is released. When he comes out he promises himself to seek revenge on the guilty.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Peter Carsten, Marcella Michelangeli
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young honeymooning couple stop for the night at an ancient castle. Unbeknownst to them, the castle is home to a horde of vampires, who have their own plans for the couple.

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Sandra Julien, Jean-Marie Durand, Jacques Robiolles
Salem's Lot (TV Movie 1979)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The characters engage in a séance at a mansion while a storm rages outside. During their stay, the film uses an extensive flashback structure to reveal the various criminal acts that each have perpetrated.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Marianne Koch, Helga Anders
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After her prostitute mother and her john are beaten to death while they are asleep in bed, teen-aged Ellie Masters is sent to an isolated orphanage run by Mrs. Deere and her handyman. ... See full summary »

Director: Philip S. Gilbert
Stars: Gloria Grahame, Melody Patterson, Milton Selzer
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The corpses are piling up at St. Hilda's School for Girls, leaving top cop Michael Rennie with more than the usual suspects. Is the killer Mark Damon? Peeping Tom Luciano Pigozzi? Or ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Mark Damon, Eleonora Brown, Michael Rennie
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Alan Foster
...
Elisabeth Blackwood
...
...
Dr. Carmus
Silvano Tranquilli ...
William Perkins
Karin Field ...
Julia
Raf Baldassarre ...
Herbert
...
Elsie Perkins (as Irina Malewa)
Enrico Osterman ...
Lord Thomas Blackwood
Marco Bonetti ...
Maurice
Vittorio Fanfoni
Carla Mancini
Edit

Storyline

The journalist Alan Foster makes a bet than he can spend one night at the haunted Blackwood Castle. As he learns, the rumors of ghosts at the castle are indeed true. On All Soul's Eve the ghosts of the castle search for blood to tide them over for another year. In the castle Foster meet and fall in love with Elizabeth Blackwood. Written by Mattias Thuresson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Classic Tale of Horror! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disi örümcegin pençesinde  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although advertised as being "based on the story Night of the Living Dead by Edgar Allan Poe", there is no such actual story by Edgar Allan Poe concerning the events in the film. Like the classic The Black Cat (1934) with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, this film (and 1964's Castle of Blood (1964)), scriptwriters Bruno Corbucci and Giovanni Grimaldi drew from Poe's literary traditions rather than a specific text. The most direct use of Poe's writings was the presence of an actor playing the writer and having him recite one of Poe's actual stories - specifically, the short verse "Berenice". But there is no story called "Night of the Living Dead" by Poe, and no story relating the events shown in either film version. See more »

Quotes

Alan Foster: Ah, I'm most terribly sorry, but your brother told me that the castle was uninhabited.
Elisabeth Blackwood: Oh, well; because y'see, as far as he's concerned...
[pregnant pause]
Elisabeth Blackwood: ... I'm dead.
See more »

Connections

Featured in A Dance of Ghosts (2015) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Ghosts story
14 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

When Michèle Mercier appears in the sequence when she's still "alive" and puts on a necklace,it is obvious that the director was thinking of her "Angelique " character.The scene looks like an outtake of the Bernard Borderie's saga.

"Nella..." is certainly an underrated work:it does not rely on special effects or on gore and sex is kept to the minimum.Probably influenced by Bava,Margheriti creates fear with his camera ,using elements of the settings ,a mirror for instance.His lead is an earnest thespian,Anthony Franciosa, a former student of the Actor's Studio,not a mediocre amateur as we often meet in European horror movies.Supernatural is smartly introduced and the screenplay is much more elaborated than usually.Many people will disagree but Amenabar's style in "the others" is not that much different,even if that director is infinitely superior to Margheriti."Nella..." was also certainly influenced by Robert Wise's classic "the haunting " (1963!!!) as far as the conclusion is concerned.

Poe's presence (Klaus Kinski) and the fact that the hero's first name is "Allan" do not bring much to the movie.

In spite of the poor rating,I sincerely believe that fantasy and horror buffs won't waste their time if they watch "nella...."


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?