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The Legend of Spider Forest (1971)

Venom (original title)
PG | | Horror | February 1975 (USA)
A Nazi scientist and a woman known as a "spider goddess" attempt to develop a nerve gas made from spider venom.

Director:

Peter Sykes

Writers:

Stephen Collins (original story), Derek Ford (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Simon Brent ... Paul Greville
Neda Arneric ... Anna
Sheila Allen Sheila Allen ... Ellen
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Johann
Terence Soall Terence Soall ... Lutgermann
Gerard Heinz ... Huber
Gertan Klauber ... Kurt
Sean Gerrad Sean Gerrad ... Rudi
Bette Vivian Bette Vivian ... Frau Kessler
Ray Barron Ray Barron ... Young Man
Billy Reid Billy Reid ... Gang member
George Fisher George Fisher ... Gang member
Nosher Powell Nosher Powell ... Gang member
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A Nazi scientist and a woman known as a "spider goddess" attempt to develop a nerve gas made from spider venom.

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Hairy...Venomous...Deadly...And they'll do anything Anna asks. See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

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The print on the wall above Greville's bed depicting a mutilated man impaled on the branch of a broken tree is from Goya's "Disasters of War" series. The triptych that Greville finds in the woods contains a crude copy of the man-eating bird from the right hand panel of Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights". See more »

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Huber: Mr. Greville, superstition also breeds in the forest. There have been many stories and, I'm afraid, some tragic events. Death!
Paul Greville: Oh?
Huber: You didn't know? Accidents, apparently. But nonetheless tragic; nonetheless mysterious.
Paul Greville: How?
Huber: A strange sort of paralysis, unless there were spiders crawling all over the body. Well, you can't blame the simpler people here from digging into their memories of folklore, attributing the cause of death to the Spider Goddess.
Paul Greville: Oh, Herr. Huber, you're no simple peasant. What ...
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Disappointing fantasy horror rubbish from Peter Sasdy
2 March 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Peter Sasdy made a lot of films that were disappointing; Demons of the Mind and To the Devil a Daughter were two of the worst of all the Hammer films and House in Nightmare Park was not nearly as entertaining as it could have been. The Legend of Spider Forest is actually Sasdy's least disappointing film, but that's only because I had no expectations going into it. The film really does make little sense and while the fantasy elements of it might have lifted it out of the bottom of the barrel, they unfortunately don't. The plot has something to do with a mad scientist, a mythical 'spider woman' and some spider venom; there's a forest involved too. It actually gets off to an interesting start as we witness an interesting sequence taking place in a forest but the rest of the film is an absolute mess. It's far too easy to get lost in what's going on, and since the film is not very interesting, it's difficult to find the motivation to actually care what is going on - which kind of makes watching this film rather pointless. I guess this might appeal to people who like daft films that don't make sense, but everyone else can feel free to leave this one languishing in obscurity!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1975 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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