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
TVrip H264 Mkv – 866×536 – 25fps – 1.51gb

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.


The Spider Labyrinth (1988)