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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.


Peter Sykes


Stephen Collins (original story), Derek Ford (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview:
Simon Brent Simon Brent ... Paul Greville
Neda Arneric Neda Arneric ... Anna
Sheila Allen Sheila Allen ... Ellen
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Johann
Terence Soall Terence Soall ... Lutgermann
Gerard Heinz ... Huber
Gertan Klauber 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


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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February 1975 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


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. ...
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Ninety-one minutes of "huh?"
23 June 2007 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

SPIDER FOREST looks like it had some intriguing ideas in place prior to filming, but the final product is a crabbed and often hard-to-follow farrago with a light smattering of atmospheric moments.

A lovely young lady dwells within a European forest where super-venomous spiders roam, although she is, it seems, impervious to their deadly bite...her male lovers, however, aren't so lucky.

When a young artist takes lodging in the aforementioned locale, he becomes smitten with the mysterious spider-girl, pursues her, and becomes inadvertently embroiled in a covert Nazi experiment to create a highly lethal neuro-toxin.

Far too much going on, and quite sloppily presented. Whatever potential may have been in play here is sadly lost to mishandling of the material, mostly in relation to editing/continuity problems and a knotted-up tangle of a screenplay. Pity.


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