in about 100 words or less
Germany 173m, silent
Director: Fritz Lang; Cast: Carl de Vogt, Georg John, Lil Dagover, Paul Morgan, Ressel Orla, Rudolf Lettinger
The Spiders is an Indiana Jones styled adventure serial released in two parts as: The Golden Lake and The Diamond Ship which likely was influenced by earlier French crime serials such as Fantômas (1913-14) and Les Vampires (1915). Although parts three and four of Spiders were never completed, Lang’s venture into the genre of the crime serial fittingly included key elements such as a nefarious secret society, a lost civilization, a secret underground city, kidnapping, murder and revenge. Though containing all the key ingredients, The Spiders unfortunately relies upon an awfully thin plot and a less than engaging screenplay which tends to drag as with most film serials of this period (Klaus Ming December 2012).