The Spider Labyrinth (1988)
Director: Gianfranco Giagni
Writers: Riccardo Aragno, Tonino Cervi
Cast: Roland Wybenga, Paola Rinaldi, Margareta von Krauss
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Synopsis: After traveling to Budapest, a young scientist discovers that a bizarre cult is guarding the secrets to an ancient mystery.
Thoughts: This loopy little supernatural shocker from Italy is about what you'd expect from the genre: lots of gory murders, a few moments of gratuitous nudity, and an abundance of illogical plotting. To be fair, the picture has plenty of atmosphere to spare, and the sequences of blood-soaked murder are somewhat effective despite the obvious budgetary limitations. The final ten minutes veer off into rampant surrealism, culminating in a baby/spider birth sequence that almost destroyed my brain. The overall tone of the flick is vaguely Lovecraftian, though I can't recall any of the aforementioned author's stories involving bushy Italian crotches and murderous hags who ensnare people with their demonic spit. And people wonder why I spend so much time wallowing in cinematic obscura. Wonky, but totally enjoyable.
Recipe For Success: One Helpful Old Homeless Hermit + Lots of Creepy Eccentrics + One Grisly Old Woman with Serious Dental Hygiene Issues