Horrors of Spider Island (March 1962)
Released in the U.S. in 1962: (running time 1 hour and 15 minutes) Bikini clad dancers are stranded on a deserted island with radioactive killer spiders.
Produced by Gaston Hakim and Wolf C. Hartwig
Directed by Fritz Bottger
Written by Fritz Bottger, Eldon Howard and Albert G. Miller
The Actors: Harald Maresh (Joe), Helga Franck (Georgia, Gary's secretary), Alexander D'Arcy (Gary Webster), Helga Neuner (Ann), Ranier Brandt (Robby), Dorothy Parker (Gladys), Gerry Sammer (May), Eva Schauland (Nelly), Helga Vandenberg (Kate), Elfie Wagner (Linda), Barbara Valentin (Babs), Walter Faber (Mike Blackwood), Robert Raglan (radio man).
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In the mid 1980's I was the General Manager for a Denny's restaurant on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio, and at the same time worked three evenings a week at a small smoke shop in the Great Northern shopping mall selling pipes, tobacco and cigars. Along with the tobacco goods the store sold a blend of unique gift items not generally available in other stores. During my years at that store I purchased several expensive, unique and beautiful beer steins with the stamp of West Germany on the bottom. My final purchase was of a beautiful large stein commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989, with a small chunk of that famous wall embedded in the pewter lid. It was one of the final steins created in the nation of 'West Germany,' just before they united again to become one nation. This is also the when I started my love affair with computers. With my first computer I created a monthly newsletter for my employees at the Denny's restaurant, and called it 'My Hammy Herald.' I was hooked, and after leaving restaurant management computers became an ever increasing part of my life. It was the beginning of discovering and following my passion. West Germany only existed from the end of WWII until 1989, and this movie was filmed by a West German movie company that filmed most of the movie in Nicola, Yugoslavia. Today there is no more West Germany and Yugoslavia is also a nation of the past. But the theme of this movie . . . scantily clad young beauties in grave danger continues to be a popular format even today.
In this adventure, a handful of dancers are headed for a tour around the world, but when their plane burns and crashes into the ocean, only the girls and their leader survive and make their way to a supposedly deserted island. They discover a deserted cabin with the body of a scientist stuck to a huge spider web in the corner. It seems that there are giant radioactive mutant spiders on the island that will endanger all of them. Thank goodness a couple of virile young men arrive to replenish the dead scientist's supplies, and they can provide us with wonderful scenes of 1960's style rock and roll dance moves with the young girls in their skimpy bikini island wear. If you want to remember the 1960's, or peek at what the music and dance was during the first years of rock and roll, you'll have a great time watching this one. Otherwise, you might enjoy your bowl of white kernel buttered popcorn better than the movie. The Spider Monster wouldn't scare many folks over the age of ten or so, except maybe my big sister Carol . . .
Helga Franck faces the spider monster
Alexander D'Arcy as the spider monster
Alexander D'Arcy in Horrors of Spider Island
Barbara Valentin and Ranier Brandt
Barbara Valentin in Horrors of Spider Island
Barbara Valentin primps in her bikini on Spider Island
The girls of the dance troupe fight among themselves
Dorothee Parker and Barbara Valentin argue over who will get Ranier Brandt as a boyfriend.
Helga Franck tells Dorothee Parker that she should try to win the affections of Ranier Brandt
Elfie Wagner, as Linda, lies dead after the spider monster attacks
Elfie Wagner auditions for a place on the touring dance troupe.
Elfie Wagner showing the dance troupe producer her body in the hopes of being accepted for the tour
Harald Maresh is held at gun point by Helga Franck
Harald Maresch and Helga Neuner
Harald Maresch in Horrors of Spider Island
Helga Franck in Horrors of Spider Island
Helga Neuner and Harald Maresch
Helga Neuner in Horrors of Spider Island
Ranier Brandt and Barbara Valentin
Ranier Brandt and Gerry Sammer
Ranier Brandt and Harald Maresch in Horrors of Spider Island
Robert Raglan in Horrors of Spider Island
The Spider Monster is about to grab Helga Franck