"Spider's Web"

Spider's Web (2001) in what has been one of the worst months I can remember for DVD releases containing nudity, this direct to vid erotic thriller was an actual treat. I suspect that the studios elected not to compete with this month's powerhouse releases such as Star Wars, Spider-Man, and the The Fellowship of the Rings deluxe set, which, by the way is indeed deluxe.

Kari Wuhrer is an investment analyst for a company that invests blind trust funds, and finds herself up against a glass ceiling, and then fired, for trying to take credit for her own idea. As the film opens, we see her sitting topless at a computer chatting with her contact in Tokyo about a pending stock deal, with her lover for the night waiting in the background. We know immediately that we will be seeing a lot of skin from Kari and that she is a sharp business woman. And all this is during the opening credits. When she unceremoniously ushers out her flavor of the night the next morning, we know she is not to be taken lightly.

She ends up teamed with Stephen Baldwin in a plot to steal $40M from his father. I won't write a spoiler, but I will say that all of the plot twists are well set up earlier in the film, and that an attentive viewer will have a pretty good idea of what is going on, but they maintain suspense to the last scene even for those who have figured it all out early. Wuhrer can actually act, and Baldwin played his character well. Some of the minor characters also did a good job.

I suspect this was shot on the cheap on Digital Video, but it looks very good, and they did not attempt to push the capabilities of the camera past what it could do. As regular readers know, thrillers turn me off easily, with only one or two mistakes. The plot line here was consistent, and just complex enough to keep me guessing and interested. There was only one small line of dialogue that bothered me. When her boss fires Wuhrer, he says that she has had her skirt in a twist since she arrived. We all know the proper phrase is panties in a twist, bunch or wad. Other than that obvious bowdlerization, I was able to sit back and enjoy it.

Wuhrer shows breasts and buns in several scenes, some of them in good light, and has a great wet blouse and panties scene. We also see an unidentified blonde topless through a window as Wuhrer's detective friend takes surveillance photos of her. This is not going to replace Body Heat as one of my favorite erotic thrillers, but it made for a pleasant afternoon. I have to give it a C+. It has no crossover appeal, but the attention to detail in the script, and better than usual acting, make it a good genre effort.

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  • Unknown (1, 2, 3)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    I worked on updates today:

    • new encyclopedia volumes: Tane McClure, Fiona Richmond, Lina Romay, Rebecca Romijn, Sydne Rome, Sylva Koscina.
    • updated encyclopedia volumes: Salma Hayek, Goldie Hawn, Eva Herzigova, Isabelle Huppert



    Love those photos of Elke Sommer.  I like the artistic glamour shots of the classy beauties of the 60's, and have always had a particular
    fondness for Elke Sommer.  I'm just old enough that when I first started noticing women in the movies, she's one of the first ones I noticed, along with Julie Newmar and Ursula Andress.  They don't make 'em like that anymore. 

    Thought I'd run a little mystery about her past you to see if you know anything about it.  A few years ago, Playboy did one of their anniversary  issues with photos of great beauties of earlier decades.  The caption on the Elke photo from the 1960s said something like, "And she's still breathtaking, as Playboy readers will soon be finding out."  It sounded like Elke was planning one of those "I'm still hot, dadgummit" nude photo shoots, like the Joan Collins spread of a few years earlier.  However, this never appeared (I subscribe, so I would've seen it), and Playboy never said another word about it.  Any idea what that was all about?

    I haven't followed PB through the years, but I know some of our readers are experts on bunny matters. Can you guys help out there?



    Here are the latest movie reviews available at

    • The yellow asterisks indicate that I wrote the review, and am deluded into thinking it includes humor.
    • If there is a white asterisk, it means that there isn't any significant humor, but I inexplicably determined there might be something else of interest.
    • A blue asterisk indicates the review is written by Tuna (or Lawdog or Junior or C2000 or Realist or ICMS or Mick Locke, or somebody else besides me)
    • If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too ashamed to admit it.

    'Caps and comments by Hankster:

    On Monday a reader asked about Stacie Lambert and whether she had made any other screen appearances. I know of no other, but agree with the reader that she was a looker with a great body! So we made some caps of her from "Sleepaway Camp 3". Rather gruesome scenes toward the end as she meets her demise. But of course, that's what a slasher movie is all about.

    • Stacie Lambert, gorgeous breast exposure! (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

    Angie Everhart
    (1, 2)

    The Sexy red-head gets its on and shows off much of her body in scenes from "Sexual Predator".

    McKayla The Adult and softcore actress also in sex scenes from "Sexual Predator". Full frontal views this time.

    Jamie Lee Curtis
    (1, 2)

    Some of the best toplessness ever...Jamie Lee in "Trading Places"! Breasts in #2, pokies and cleavage in #1.

    Nicole Kidman Nicole's bare bum in scenes from "Birthday Girl".

    Saffron Burrows Brief breast exposure from the tall, thin British actress in scenes from "Enigma".

    Mr Nude Celeb
    Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    The largest images so far from "Femme Fatale".

    Here's the breakdown:
    Link #1, brief frontal
    Link #2, topless
    Links 3 and 4, side breast views
    Link #5, great rear view (with undies)

    Elisabeth Shue
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    (1, 2, 3)

    Shue pous booze on her breasts, and an Unknown is topless in scenes from "Leaving Las Vegas".

    Kirsten Dunst
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    Soaking wet with pokies from "Spider-Man".

    Maruschka Detmers
    (1, 2, 3)

    Breasts, bum and some serious bush from the Dutch actress in vidcaps from "Prénom Carmen" (1984).

    Helena Christensen
    (1, 2)

    Gorgeous nude pics by famous photographer Patrick Demarchelier. These images of the supermodel are from 1992 and well worth a look.

    Virginie Ledoyen The young French actress topless in love scenes from "Jeanne et le garçon formidable"...aka "Jeanne and the Perfect Guy" (1999).

    Mathilda May
    (1, 2)

    The French actress shows off her fantastic breasts as she walks around nude for about 95% of her screen time in scenes from "Lifeforce" (1985). Thanks to Finn.

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    Hide Some In Anna's Meatballs, Too - Anna Nicole Smith told Heat magazine that her clingy dog Sugar Pie is now on Prozac for his depression and anxiety. She also said she's considering stripping next season on her E! Channel show because "I am disappointed that there has been no nudeness. I don't mind being nude."

  • Her viewers might want to lay in a supply of Prozac.
  • But seeing her nude really terrifies Sugar Pie.
  • With a name like "Sugar Pie," he's probably terrified that she'll eat him.

    We're Shaken And Stirred - Some James Bond fans are complaining that their hero is being watered down by political correctness. They not only reigned in his sex life in response to feminists and the AIDS crisis, but in the next movie, he's a teetotaler. Instead of a dry martini, shaken not stirred, he drinks only healthy mineral water. A spokesman for a 007 fan club said it's sad, and that Bond is cool because of his reckless lifestyle.

  • No, Bond is cool because of that twangy guitar music they play when he's taking his vitamin pills.
  • Hey, he still lives dangerously! Some of that bottled water is really tap water!
  • The new 007 is such an old man, they should get Sean Connery to play him again.

  • Mail Bag
    Hey Scoops,

    Have you seen Michael Jackson lately? I think the "King of Pop" should think about changing his name to the "King of Freaks"! This is a Reuters photo of "Jacko" taken in court on Wednesday. Funny, I always thought he was human. Guess I was wrong.