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The Water Spider (1971)
"L'araignée d'eau" (original title)

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Credited cast:
Elisabeth Wiener ...
Marc Eyraud ...
Marie-Ange Dutheil ...
André Julien ...
Le paysan
Pierre Meyrand ...
Le curé
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Juliet Berto
Josep Maria Flotats ...
(as José-Maria Flotats)


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ultra obscure horror-fantastique from Belgium
14 June 2012 | by (Midian) – See all my reviews

This is a weird flick and for so many reasons. It's filmed in France but made by Belgian director Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe. It was his first flick and it was based on the book with the same title. It's weird because the story is rare and the VHS is ultra obscure. Even Belgium's film archive doesn't has a copy of this flick.

It's a horror-fantastique flick that is filmed very slowly with very long shots and pans and with a few creepy lighting moments. Reminded me sometimes of Dracula (1931) when Dracula appears on the stairs. For being a horror there's nothing scary at all and there's no blood involved it just the mind of Bernard (Marc Eyraud)who is in love with a water spider (the translation of the title). He wants to replace his wife Catherine (Marie-Ange Dutheil) by the spider because his wife bores him.

The spider transforms into a tarantula and later in a mysterious mute girl Nadie (Elisabeth Wiener). He falls in love with the girl/spider and finally he has to choose between his wife or the spider.

Even as it is spoken in French and never was released with subs it is understandable because a lot of times nothing is said. The performances are great and all the actors moved further into the French film scene. It was even Marie-Ange her first flick and it doesn't show. She even has a small nudity scene.

I have seen so many people who are searching this very very obscure film on VHS. It pops up maybe once in your life. Even as it is low on everything still it's a collectible release.

Gore 0/5 Nudity 0,5/5 Effects 0/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5

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