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Mesa of Lost Women (1953)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 17 June 1953 (USA)
A mad scientist named Arana is creating giant spiders and dwarfs in his lab on Zarpa Mesa in Mexico. He wants to create a master race of superwomen by injecting his female subjects with spider venom.

Writer:

Herbert Tevos (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Coogan ... Dr. Aranya
Allan Nixon Allan Nixon ... 'Doc' Tucker
Richard Travis ... Dan Mulcahey
Lyle Talbot ... Narrator (voice)
Paula Hill Paula Hill ... Doreen Culbertson (as Mary Hill)
Robert Knapp ... Grant Phillips
Tandra Quinn Tandra Quinn ... Tarantella
Chris-Pin Martin ... Pepe (as Chris Pin Martin)
Harmon Stevens Harmon Stevens ... Dr. Leland J. Masterson
Nico Lek Nico Lek ... Jan van Croft
Kelly Drake Kelly Drake ... Lost Woman
John Martin John Martin ... Frank
George Barrows ... George (as George Burrows)
Candy Collins Candy Collins ... Lost Woman
Dolores Fuller ... Blonde 'Watcher in the Woods' (as Delores Fuller)
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Storyline

A mad scientist named Arana is creating giant spiders and dwarfs in his lab on Zarpa Mesa in Mexico. He wants to create a master race of superwomen by injecting his female subjects with spider venom.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A race of deadly spider-women luring men to their death! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The name "Tarantella" for the dancer played by Tandra Quinn is an in-joke. "Tarantella" is both the Italian word for "tarantula" and the name of an Italian dance that is supposed to make the person doing it look like he or she has just been bitten by a tarantula. See more »

Goofs

At several points in the dialogue, Dr. Aranya is said to be doing experiments involving "hexapods" - meaning six-legged insects. But he is actually working with tarantulas, which are spiders (not insects) and therefore have eight legs. See more »

Quotes

The Bartender: [on the phone, in awe] Sheriff! The body just got up and walked out of here!...
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'X' rating. All cuts were waived in 1995 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Featured in Horror Incorporated: Mesa of Lost Women (1953) (2003) See more »

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More fun than a beard full of dancing, baby spiders!
24 November 2001 | by boris-26See all my reviews

One of the best of the so-bad-it's-beautiful movies. MESA OF LOST WOMEN tells the story of a mad scientist (Jackie Coogan with a wart the size of a Roosevelt dime!) who creates beautiful dancing girls out of spiders. (most likely to help out the struggling Rockette industry!) I absolutely loved the scene with the mad doc's victim, a scientist driven insane by a spider-woman encounter. He goes around bars, quoting something close to the Bible, in a silly Elmer Fudd voice.

What I really loved about this movie was Tandra Quinn, as Tarantella, the mad doc's best spider to mucha-cha creation. She's something like a brunette Jayne Mansfield with a little bit of Vampirella thrown in. Ms. Quinn, you made film history with your really strange spider dance.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lost Women of Zarpa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ron Ormond Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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