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Curse of the Black Widow (1977)

Tony Franciosa plays a detective who's on the trail of a murderer whose mutilated and predominantly male victims are found encased in silken cocoons. He eventually tracks the killer's path ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Higbie (as Tony Franciosa)
Leigh Lockwood
Laura Lockwood (as Patty Duke Astin)
Mrs. Lockwood
Aspa Soldado
Roz Kelly ...
Lazlo Cozart
Lt. Gully Conti
Carlo Lenzi
Robert Burton ...
Jeff Wallace
Bryan O'Byrne ...
Oakes - Zoo Watchman
Irene Cagen ...
Rita (as Irene Forest)


Tony Franciosa plays a detective who's on the trail of a murderer whose mutilated and predominantly male victims are found encased in silken cocoons. He eventually tracks the killer's path to Los Angeles, where he discovers her true identity - a woman who was bitten by black widow spiders as a child, ...but that's only the beginning of the story. Written by Ørnås

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spider | victim | death | murder | twins | See All (15) »


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Release Date:

16 September 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love Trap  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Olga walks to the house to look for Laura, she is wearing black flat shoes. When she enters the house, she is wearing black high heel pumps. See more »


[speaking as Valerie]
Laura Lockwood: You can fool Laura, Olga dear... but not me.
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Referenced in The Powerpuff Girls: Arachno-Romance (2016) See more »

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cursed with a stupid concept
28 April 2001 | by (Weaverville, NC) – See all my reviews

On one level, this ill-fated Dan Curtis production is a cornucopia of great TV actors(Patty Duke, June Lockhart, June Allison, Donna Mills)clearly hard-up; this flick is the proof. Duke and Mills are twins who are somehow connected to a series of bizarre murders. Seems the victims are dispatched by a gigantic spider. Coincidentally, the twins late parents were doing research with spiders before they died. Many questions are laid out, such as: why is the spider made of paper-mache? Why is Patty Duke running around in a brunette wig and black jumpsuit and speaking with a bad German accent? What was Dan Curtis on when he conceived this disaster? The cast members could have only been trying to pay down their morgages doing this one.

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