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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

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Mark Higbie (as Tony Franciosa)
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Leigh Lockwood
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Laura Lockwood (as Patty Duke Astin)
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Mrs. Lockwood
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Olga
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Ragsdale
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Aspa Soldado
Roz Kelly ...
Flaps
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Lazlo Cozart
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Lt. Gully Conti
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Carlo Lenzi
Robert Burton ...
Jeff Wallace
Bryan O'Byrne ...
Oakes - Zoo Watchman
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Gymnast
Irene Cagen ...
Rita (as Irene Forest)
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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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16 September 1977 (USA)  »

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Love Trap  »

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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 »

Quotes

[Higbie is calling Flaps to get the results of a toxicology report on the blood of a victim]
Flaps: I got the analysis back from my friend at USC. He doesn't know what it is, exactly.
Mark Higbie: Well, what do you mean "exactly"?
Flaps: He says the closest that it comes to is, er... All right, get this, you ready? The venom of a black widow spider.
[Silence]
Flaps: You're not laughing.
Mark Higbie: [Seriously] I know.
[He hangs up thoughtfully]
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References Pretty Wet Lips (1974) See more »

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Along came a sexy, hairy-legged spider …
9 March 2010 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Peculiar but entertaining and strangely compelling TV-horror from the 70's, directed by one of the masters of the era – Dan Curtis – and revolving on an atmospheric albeit terribly grotesque basic premise. The dead bodies of multiple strong, handsome and successful males are discovered completely drained of all bodily fluids and with two giant chest wounds. They're always seen last in the company of Valerie Steffan, a dark-haired and dark-eyed beauty. Since the police investigation leads nowhere, one of the victims' fiancée hires private detective Mark Higbie to investigate. He may not be Carl Kolchak – from Curtis' popular movie franchise "The Night Stalker" – but with the help of some inside police sources and previous witnesses, Higbie finds out the murders are committed exactly like a black widow spider kills and consumes its preys. So we have a giant life-sized spider woman walking around, that's already quite fantastic, but wait until you hear the explanation of HOW this lady obtained her curse! I always like a little bit of far-fetched imagination in my horror movies, but the development of "Curse of the Black Widow" is a tad bit too much. Still, if you manage to switch off all your normal brain functionalities, the film is a good and enjoyable piece of TV-horror, with only a couple of moments of slowness. Obviously not recommendable to people with arachnophobia, since there are quite a bit of cameo appearances by hairy little eight-legged critters. The spider-kills and Valerie's metamorphosis are pretty cool, but unfortunately too brief. First her eyes turn orange and glassy and we see how she observes her victims through a maze of beady little eyes. I always had a weakness for this particular special effect, regardless of how cheesy and stupid it is. It also features in plenty of bee movies. "Curse of the Black Widow" is slightly overlong with an extended climax and one too many plot twist in the last 10-15 minutes. I really don't understand why Dan Curtis only showed a couple of brief shots of the impressive and massively constructed spider monster at the end. It looked really cool.


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