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Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula (1998)

Video  -  Comedy | Horror  -  1998 (Spain)
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When two people have disappeared, the mysterious Tarantula is suspected.


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Credited cast:
Mari Cookie / Tarantula
Michelle Bauer ...
Sheriff Marga
Amber Newman ...
Analía Ivars ...
Queen Vicious
Robert King ...
Pedro Temboury ...
Chuck Morrison (as Peter Temboury)
Mavi Tienda ...
Leona Tarantino
Rachel Sheppard ...
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George Martinez ...


When two people have disappeared, the mysterious Tarantula is suspected.

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Eight Legs to Love You  »

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Did You Know?


On the Sub Rosa DVD, after the FBI Warning, there is a MARI Warning: "Tarantula provides the penalty of bondage and castration for unauthorized reproduction, distribution of exhibition of Mari Cookie and the Killer Tarantula video tapes of video discs. Criminal copyright infringement is investigated by Sheriff Marga and may constitute a penalty of up to five years of turning her on and/or a lifetime of servitude in Tarantula's lair." See more »


Sheriff Marga: Men are weak and false.
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Spoofs Help! (1965) See more »


Take Your Hair Off
Performed by Jesús Franco and His B. Band
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Lesbian sex in the old people's home
20 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

With One Shot Productions, Jess Franco has found somebody who finances and distributes his home videos.

In Franco's filmography, Mari-Cookie follows Tender Flesh. Whereas the latter was quite a good effort, Mari-Cookie is barely watchable. As so often, Franco stretches material which would be good for 5-10 minutes of film to a full length movie. There are some elements which only a director like Jess Franco could conceive: A shot from inside a vagina (extremely badly executed), an exaggeratedly phony toy spider provided by a digital special effect with a living human face, and the usual extended scenes of voyeurism and exhibitionism, as well as a good musical score. The final showdown where all the trashy elements of the movie (the singing male captive, the toy spider, and so on) dissolve in abstraction is of some interest.

But for the most part, the film is really on the level of an amateur's home video (there is one scene where the microphone is not properly adjusted) obsessed with exhibiting Franco's aging wife having sex with other not so fresh women (except for Amber Newman). I have rarely witnessed such disregard for the audience.

By the way, the Spanish soundtrack is slightly better. E.g., it features Jess Franco as the voice of the tarantula in the opening scene.

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