Hellish Spiders (aka Aranas Infernales)
A race of super intelligent(ish) spiders from outer space are on the hunt for delicious brains, the only thing that can sustain their queen. The poor unsuspecting dopes end up on Earth and in the cross-hairs of the Blue Demon, a masked luchador. The spiders decide to send for one of their own, the indestructible, Prince Arac to try and best Blue Demon in the ring.
A luchador battling brain eating spiders from a distant world is the kind of plot that a million b-movie nerds would be trying to create as a deliberately kitsch tribute. So, it’s all the more interesting when Hellish Spiders beats them to the punch by offering gruesome horror interspersed with the occasional wink and nod at it's audience. It's no accident that this directly lifts actual scenes from camp classics, Teenagers from Outer Space (1959) and Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959).
|Never wrestle while on LSD.|
Hellish Spiders does score some points with atmosphere, but it does come with a heavy dose of camp. The most astounding moment comes when Prince Arac, the best wrestler from spider-world loses control of his body causing his hand to transform into a spiderhand. The fight scene devolves into Blue Demon struggling with what amounts to the world’s most dangerous spider puppet. The fact that it is the exact same spider puppet used in previous scenes to represent a giant monster makes it all the better.
|Something something the lead singer of the Aquabats masturbates too much.|
The story is a mess. It opens with an outlandish set-up complete with a lengthy voice-over that explains every single detail about the aliens. We then alternate between the spiders eating people, Blue Demon wrestling, and occasionally those two things colliding. The pace steps a notch when Prince Arac shows up, but the whole story peters out by the end. Luchador films tend to invest in spectacle over story telling and Hellish Spiders honors this tradition.