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Horrors of Spider Island

Review by: 
Catwalk
Release Date: 
1962
Studio: 
Alpha Video
Genre: 
Horror
Format: 
DVD
Region: 
1 NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 
1.33:1
Directed by: 
Jaime Nolan
Cast: 
Alex D’Arcy
Barbara Valentin
Movie: 
3
Extras: 
0
Bottom Line: 
3

 A group of nightclub dancers is being led to Singapore as the start of a traveling troupe.  Everything is going fine until their plane crashes on a uncharted island.  Soon, the tour manager is converted into furry monster, hunting them down one-by-one.
 
Of all the luck; here’s Gary (D’Arcy) alone on an island with tons of hot chicks and he goes all evil Peter Parker.  So much for making the most of a bad situation.  Gary should have known better.  He’s clearly a genius.  After all, he finds a hammer and instantly knows it’s for mining uranium.
 
Naturally, all the women and gorgeous, weak and in need of a good, strong man.  Can’t figure out the target audience behind this one, can we, kids?  For fun, grab a pen and paper and count the number of times “Oh, Gary” is mentioned in the first half of the flick.
 
So there are plenty of shower scenes, bikini shots, writhing around, cat-fighting and saucy music.  Then Gary gets bit by a puppet that looks like a spider crab more than a spider.  After that, the killings begin.  The girls split into pairs except for Linda, the stripper.  Naturally, she’s the first to go.
 
Soon, the girls begin fighting, with the saucy Babs (Valentin) leading the way.  Since women clearly can’t be leaders in the mind of writers Fritz Bottger and Eldon Howard, it’s time to add a few more guys.  Joe (Maresch) and Bobby soon arrive, to help the already-dead Professor with his research. 
 
Left alone on an island of hotties, they all get plowed and make out, which is like a mating call to crazy spider guys.  Eventually, they all arm themselves with torches and chase after him, in a sequence resembling the end of a Benny Hill episode.
 
A lot of low-budget films are called campy.  This, ladies and gentlemen, is where camp was born.  The rating isn’t because the film is any good; it’s because watching it was such an entertaining time.
 
The film was originally released in the U.S. in 1962, as an adult film titled “It’s Hot in Paradise”.  It later had its nude scenes cut, and was released as a horror/sci-fi.  The film was also, deservedly, featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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