Just when you think there can’t possibly be anything new under the sun, up pops Severin Films, with sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, and unearths a real genre-fan treasure from the 1980s.
And virtually unseen in years.
It gets better … this will be a 4K Ultra HD release on Mar. 26 (restored from the original film vault negative)!!
What is the treasure? Why none other than Italian filmmaker Gianfranco Giagni’s 1988 horror delight, Spider Labyrinth, which as near as we can tell never got a domestic release — not even a cheesy English-dubbed late night cable offering. Nope, this is the real deal.
Released in Italy, the film never really gained traction and disappeared into the VHS market ... and gone. Not any longer with this news from Severin.
Professor Alan Whitmore (Roland Wybenga) is dispatched to Budapest to help out with the deciphering of some ancient scrolls. OK that gets Alan to Budapent, from there on it is encounters with various women, from his driver to the hotel manager to the coven of witches (led by Margareta von Krauss — Rebus, Elvis and Marilyn, Ricordare Anna) who have a unique skill-set (we will let it go at that) that will get his heart-pumping.
This could have easily been a female vampire film, but Giagni switch things up to good effect — easily one of a kind. And very “toothy” as well!!
Bonus goodies include commentary with Professor Will Dodson and Ryan Verrill (host of The Disc Connected) and a half-dozen featurettes — “Caught in a Web,” “Arachne,” “All the Colors of a Spider,” “Smile of the Spider Woman,” “Death in Stop Motion” and “Web of the Weird.”
There is an added bonus, a CD of the soundtrack.