Ein Toter hing im Netz (1960)

77m (USA), 81m (Germany), 89m, 2223 metres
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1 (negative ratio), 1.66:1 (intended ratio)
mono, German

A Liechtenstein horror film directed by Fritz Böttger (credited as Jaime Nolan on English language prints).

Plot Summary

A troupe of are stranded on a remote island when their plane crashes and are menaced by a giant radioactive spider and their manager who mutates into a monster after being bitten.


* = uncredited

Director: Fritz Böttger [Jaime Nolan on English language prints]
Intercontinental-Film Vaduz
Producers: Gaston Hakim *, Wolf C. Hartwig *
Script: Fritz Böttger
Director of Photography: Georg Krause
Editor: Heidi Rente [real name: Heidi Genée]
Music: Willy Mattes, Karl Bette
Sound: Günther Bloch
Other Make-up: Irmgard Förster
Gary's Make-up: Karl Hanoszek
Locations: Nicola, Yugoslavia *

Harald Maresch [Temple Foster on English language prints] (Joe)
Helga Frank (Georgia)
Alexander D'Arcy [Alex d'Arcy on English language prints] (Gary Webster)
Helga Neuner (Ann)
Reiner Brand [Allen Turner on English language prints] (Robby)
Dorothee Glöklen [Norma Townes on English language prints] (Gladys)
Gerry Sammer (May)
Eva Schauland (Nelly)
Helma van den Berg (Kate)
Elfie Wagner [Donna Ulsike on English language prints] (Linda)
Barbara Valentine (Babs)
Walter Faber (Mike Blackwood)

Alternative Titles

L'abbraccio del ragno – Italy
Body in the Web – USA
Dans le filet du sadique – Belgium (France)
Girls of Spider Island – USA (video)
Horrors of Spider Island – USA (re-release)
L'Île du sadique – France
It's Hot in Paradise – USA
Kadonnut ruumis – Finland
Kuollut verkossa – Finland
Le Mort dans le filet – France
The Spider's Web – USA
La tela del ragno – Italy

Extracts included in
Extra Weird (2003)
: Horrors of Spider Island (1999)



  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.192
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.80-81, 139