aka The Legend of Spider Forest aka Spider’s Venom
“An interesting if shoddily made variation on the Dracula legend” NY Times
A classic British horror movie from 1971 is out on DVD. A Nazi scientist and a woman known as a “spider goddess” attempt to develop a nerve gas made from spider venom.
Directed by legendary Australian director Peter Sykes (The Avengers TV Series, Steptoe and Son Ride Again) this film had a PG rating when it was released as The Legend of Spider Forest despite full frontal nudity and headless corpses. Clearly the BBFC felt it was a valuable tool to educate British children to the dangers of Nazism.
Thoroughly Confusing Synopsis:
Whilst enjoying his holiday in a Tyrolean village, artist Paul Greville encounters a beautiful girl called Helen – with a scar in the form of a spider on her shoulder. This may be a clue! Back at the inn where he is staying, the owner ends up dead and Paul is blamed. Now on the run, Helen takes Paul to her father’s cottage, where a diabolical series of experiments are being conducted in an effort to create a nerve gas from spider venom – funded by money from stolen paintings. Then the dead innkeeper’s friends and family turn up!
It was written by Donald Ford, who felt he could never top the script/was deeply confused by what he had created – and quit the film business soon after to become a magistrate.
It was produced by Michael Pearson. He is the 65th richest person and the 10th largest landowner in the United Kingdom. He also produced 1968’s Sympathy for the Devil, a film starring The Rolling Stones, directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
Cast: Simon Brent, Neda Arneric, Sheila Allen, Derek Newark
Venom is available to order now from Amazon UK here – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Venom-DVD-Simon-Brent/dp/B00VE88OV4/