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Mesa of Lost Women (1953)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 17 June 1953 (USA)
A mad scientist named Arana is creating giant spiders and dwarfs in his lab on Zarpa Mesa in Mexico. He wants to create a master race of superwomen by injecting his female subjects with spider venom.

Writer:

Herbert Tevos (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Coogan ... Dr. Aranya
Allan Nixon Allan Nixon ... 'Doc' Tucker
Richard Travis ... Dan Mulcahey
Lyle Talbot ... Narrator (voice)
Paula Hill Paula Hill ... Doreen Culbertson (as Mary Hill)
Robert Knapp ... Grant Phillips
Tandra Quinn Tandra Quinn ... Tarantella
Chris-Pin Martin ... Pepe (as Chris Pin Martin)
Harmon Stevens Harmon Stevens ... Dr. Leland J. Masterson
Nico Lek Nico Lek ... Jan van Croft
Kelly Drake Kelly Drake ... Lost Woman
John Martin John Martin ... Frank
George Barrows ... George (as George Burrows)
Candy Collins Candy Collins ... Lost Woman
Dolores Fuller ... Blonde 'Watcher in the Woods' (as Delores Fuller)
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Storyline

A mad scientist named Arana is creating giant spiders and dwarfs in his lab on Zarpa Mesa in Mexico. He wants to create a master race of superwomen by injecting his female subjects with spider venom.

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Today - Someplace - Somewhere... A MAD SCIENTIST is Set to Terrorize the World! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The name "Tarantella" for the dancer played by Tandra Quinn is an in-joke. "Tarantella" is both the Italian word for "tarantula" and the name of an Italian dance that is supposed to make the person doing it look like he or she has just been bitten by a tarantula. See more »

Goofs

At several points in the dialogue, Dr. Aranya is said to be doing experiments involving "hexapods" - meaning six-legged insects. But he is actually working with tarantulas, which are spiders (not insects) and therefore have eight legs. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Leland J. Masterson: [referring to Tarantella dancing] You like her?
Jan van Croft: Very pretty... Fascinating... As a dancer, of course!
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'X' rating. All cuts were waived in 1995 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

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An amazingly inept movie that must be seen to be believed.
1 November 2005 | by Dhawley-2See all my reviews

I didn't recall seeing this as a kid, but finally got around to watching it the other night after several tries (falling asleep in front of the TV each time). Having endured this singularly bad film, there's not much to add to what's been written already. This is one of the most inane pieces of grade Z film making ever achieved! It truly is 'so bad it's good'. Hilarious. The worst acting, the worst giant spiders, an incredibly bad 'spider dance' by Tarantella (pronounced 'Tarantula'), and the riotous site of Harmon Stevens (as Dr. Masterson) grinning like an idiot at everyone. I could not watch him without busting out laughing. And, as others note, one of the most grating soundtracks imaginable. A Mexican guitar jangling a couple of chords interspersed with jarring, discordant piano plinking (loudly, too) made the whole thing nearly unbearable. What a mess.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lost Women of Zarpa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ron Ormond Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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