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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 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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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.

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Super Women Who Kissed and Killed! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

The character of Dr. Aranya and the spider people were added by Ron Ormond. Herbert Tevos' original story began with Masterson--who was merely a "schizophrenic homicidal maniac"--at the cantina, where the dancer played by Tandra Quinn was just a murder victim. The rest of the story is much the same as was seen in the film minus the various scenes involving the women and dwarfs watching the crash survivors. The film ended when Mexican authorities responded to the flare Phillips fired off and landed on the mesa, whereupon Phillips, Doreen, and Van Croft were rescued and the love triangle was resolved when Doreen chose Phillips over Van Croft. See more »

Goofs

Rear shots of Frank's jeep show a man wearing a fedora in the passenger seat, but close-ups show Pepe in the passenger seat, wearing a sombrero. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Leland J. Masterson: [referring to Tarantella dancing] You like her?
Jan van Croft: Very pretty... Fascinating... As a dancer, of course!
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Alternate Versions

The Wade Williams Collection version omits the pre-credit scene of Tarantella kissing a man to death. See more »

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This movie is so bad that it is hilarious!
4 August 1999 | by Dave SSee all my reviews

I just saw this gem on the big screen and it is terrible! The audience laughed with glee. It has what may be in serious contention for the worst sound track of all time! A constant Mexican Guitar that plays really obnoxiously for dreadfully long periods. There is one scene that is supposed to be scary but is very funny. Some Spider Women and midget Spider men are sneaking up on the films heroes and suddenly someone turns to look in their direction and the scantily clad spider women and midgets have to scamper to hide and it is just an outrageous sight seeing these grotesque midget men scampering around for cover...if you love horrible B films then you have a winner here!


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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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