Episode 1011: Horrors of Spider Island
First aired: Sci-Fi Channel on 25 July 1999
Availability: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon DVD (Volume 11)
|The movie is the horror.|
Gavrilo Princip was part of a movement to free Bosnia from control of Austria-Hungary, with the intention of it becoming part of a Yugoslavia state. Princip died in prison less than four years later and 217 days before the creation of Yugoslavia.
|The not-so-itsy, bitsy spider.|
Oh, yes, there was also the whole World War I thing, followed by the Treaty of Versailles which blamed Germany for the war and demanded reparations, which helped collapse the German economy, leading to the rise of the National Socialist party led by Adolf Hitler, and then the whole World War II thing.
Throw that in with the filming of Horrors of Spider Island and you can see just how much damage arose from the assassination.
Nightclub manager Gary, who looks like the fake Arab from How To Marry A Millionaire except for not having an eyepatch, hires a bunch of dance girls to travel to Singapore, but the plane crashes in the Pacific, so they row, row, row the raft to shore and set up camp, but find a dead scientist in mid-cheer stuck in a giant spider web, but they find a hammer and Gary figures out it's for mining uranium or something, which might explain the giant spiders, except there's only one spider and it bites Gary and he runs off, but the girls don't know what happened to Gary, but he kills a couple along the way along with one of the two fellows in a boat that showed up to resupply the professor, but since he's dead, they'll stick around with all the hot German-Yugoslavian chicks until the big boat comes back, but not before they all grab torches and hunt Gary down and drive him into quicksand and Gary dies. The end.
The important thing is, they teased boobies, which is enough to drive M&tB crazy. And that's always fun.
This is the episode that has the Host Segments about Pearl moving the castle. Seems she didn't want to pay for the monkey license, so she up and moved the castle. She ended up moving back for some equally silly reason. Bobo is happy. Observer isn't.
|He's a maniac...|
The movie is almost but not quite watchable. Lots of silly plot holes, like why everyone in Gary's troupe survived the plane crash uninjured, but no one else, pilots, stewardesses, etc., did.
Why does a puppet spider turn Gary into a were-spider or whatever the hell he is, but Gary's biting the others don't turn them? And is it the uranium that made the spider grow all big and everything? And, if so, why didn't they warn Merritt Stone?
Lots of plot holes, lots of fun riffing, and some really silly Host Segments.
This isn't the best episode that MST3K ever did, but it's a very, very good one.