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Horrors of Spider Island 

A spider terrorizes stranded bikini clad dancers while Pearl decides to move the castle.


Michael J. Nelson


Joel Hodgson (creator), Paul Chaplin | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo / Professor Bobo
Michael J. Nelson ... Mike Nelson
Mary Jo Pehl Mary Jo Pehl ... Pearl Forrester
Bill Corbett Bill Corbett ... Crow T. Robot / Observer
Patrick Brantseg Patrick Brantseg ... Gypsy


A spider bitten dance producer terrorizes his bikini clad dancers after they're stranded on an island while on their way to Singapore. Meanwhile, Crow publishes his own syndicated column in the Boston Globe, though it's not as substantial as Larry King's. In order to save money on her monkey license, Pearl has Castle Forrester moved to a nicer neighborhood though not with Observer's help, which has certain financial consequences. She later has to move back when she learns she can't dump garbage out her window. After getting caught in a giant spider web, Mike plays the role of dance producer and has Pearl and her minions audition to join his own Singapore-bound troop. Then, after recreating the plane crash from the movie to test a theory, Mike gets bitten by a giant spider and becomes one himself though the resemblance isn't nearly as apparent to Tom and Crow. In the end, Pearl has to explain the birds and the bees to Prof. Bobo. Written by Titus Yorick

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Release Date:

25 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA

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Did You Know?


Crow: So Mike, if you're in a plane crash and you're a girl, you instantly become helpless and sex hungered, and you murmer a lot?
Mike Nelson: Well there's only one way to find out.
[Mike takes the SOL down and the three start doing a spoof on the plane crash in "Horrors of Spider Island." After the crash, everyone is dressed up as a girl]
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References Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) See more »

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Oh the horror!
13 June 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

"Horrors of Spider Island" is one of the most unintentionally hilarious movies I've ever seen. MST3k parodied plenty of really, really rotten flicks, movies you couldn't watch without their riffs, but on occasion they would choose a movie like "Horrors of Spider Island" which are amazingly easy targets. I don't know if I like these episodes less for how easy the jokes come, but I do know that watching "Horrors of Spider Island" without Mike and the Bots is just as funny if not funnier than it is with their commentary.

A movie called "Horrors of Spider Island" should be expected to provide plenty of cheesy spider action, but really the title is severely misguiding. This movie is more focused on providing non-nude 50's era soft porn than anything involving spiders. I've heard people compare this to Russ Meyer films, but really it's more deserving of comparison to awful sexploitation than Meyer's generally well-made and tongue-in-cheek offering.

This movie is fun. Yes, it's completely inept, ridiculous, and retarded but it also so creatively and so frequently finds bizarre reasons for these German 'babes' to strip, scream, run, dance, and lose bits and pieces of their clothing. It's sort of brilliant really.

Some would argue that no film that entertains you can be truly bad. I offer "Horrors of Spider Island" as an argument to the contrary; this is an abysmal movie on every level imaginable with the sound effects taking the prize for most hysterically ludicrous.

Watch it on MST3k, the riffs are fun. Watch it without and you'll have a new favorite.

2/10 (8/10 MST3k, 10/10 entertainment value without MST3k)

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