The Spider Labyrinth (1988)
aka Il nido del ragno
Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller | Giallo
Country: Italy | Director: Gianfranco Giagni
Language: English or Italian (2 separate audio tracks) | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.66:1 | Length: 82mn
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Alan Whitmore, a young American researcher, goes to Budapest to visit Professor Roth, with whom he collaborated on a secret project called “Intextus”. Arrived in the Hungarian capital, Alan finds Roth whom, in panic, hands him a black book which he says should include information of the utmost importance; alarmed, Alan attempts to recontact the professor, but comes too late: the mysterious killer has already struck. The American starts then a personal and dangerous investigation, despite ominous signs feared the worst …
Although its stylish cinematography, shocking violence and dreamlike atmosphere were undoubtedly influenced by Dario Argento’s supernatural classics Suspiria and Inferno, and its narrative is eerily similar to Roman Polanski’s under-rated occult horror The Ninth Gate, The Spider Labyrinth is no second-rate knock off.
Morphing slowly from a giallo-style murder mystery into a surreal Lovecraftian horror where ancient gods and their murderous followers secretly conspire to spread their evil around the globe, The Spider Labyrinth is a brilliantly crafted nightmare, tinged with a sense of paranoia and madness, packed with cool visuals, laced with eroticism, and topped off with several standout scary moments: appearances by a supernaturally strong, knife-wielding hag are guaranteed to send a shiver up the spine; a suitably freaky finale features some truly unsettling FX work from Sergio Stivaletti; meanwhile, fans of sexy Euro-babes are catered for by the lovely Paola Rinaldi as Genevieve Weiss, Whitmore’s enigmatic (and frequently naked) contact in Budapest, and Claudia Muzi as hot hotel maid Maria.