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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Dvd & blu- ray -

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1971 | 15 | DVD

Peter Sykes, di­rec­tor of the Ham­mer films De­mons Of The Mind and To The Devil A Daugh­ter, helmed this be­wil­der­ing hor­ror, also known as The Leg­end Of Spi­der For­est. Set amongst the moun­tains of Bavaria, it com­bines con­tem­po­rary thriller el­e­ments with the leg­end of a cursed “Spi­der- Girl”: ex­pect some en­thu­si­as­tic whip­ping, a lit­tle nu­dity, and an end­ing which cribs from Psy­cho. Though it has some at­mo­spheric mo­ments, the var­i­ous plot el­e­ments – which in­clude the mys­tery of the child- like Anna, a se­ries of art thefts and a neo- Nazi plot­ting to make nerve gas from spi­der venom – frus­trat­ingly never quite come to­gether in a co­her­ent way.

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