The Spider’s Prey

August Blom, Denmark, 1916

26 min.DK/FeatureDrama, Erotic melodrama, Crime film, Detective movies, Gangster filmSilent films

The titular villain is an infamous international criminal, Mrs. Valentin Kempel, known as “The Predator Spider” due to her habit of ensnaring innocent victims in her web. Men are enchanted by her, and she uses this to coerce them into taking part in her criminal activities. When one of her victims takes his own life, the victim’s brother and a detective decide to put an end to the beautiful criminal’s reign of terror. But The Hunting Spider does not give in so easily – and she is not afraid to use unsporting tricks against her new opponents.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Rovedderkoppen
Danish title Rovedderkoppen
International titles The Hunting Spider, Panthergräfin, L' araignée vorace
Other titles Den røde Enke
Director August Blom
Screenplay Carl Th. Dreyer, Sven Elvestad
Appearance Rita Sacchetto, Hans Richter, Thorleif Lund, Peter Nielsen
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Fotorama
Technical info 1118 meter, 35 mm, Silent
Danish theatrical release 08.05.1916
Cinemas Vesterbro Teater
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Production company Nordisk Films Kompagni
Domestic distribution Fotorama


Direction August Blom


Script Carl Th. Dreyer
Script Sven Elvestad


Valentine Kempel, kaldet Rovedderkoppen Rita Sacchetto
Charlie Falkenberg, kunstmaler Hans Richter
Einar Falkenberg, grosserer Thorleif Lund
Asbjørn Krag, detektiv Peter Nielsen
Ritmester Telman Anton de Verdier
Ada König, Einars forlovede Alma Hinding
Jens, detektivens medhjælper Rasmus Christiansen
Appearance Zanny Petersen
Appearance Axel Mattsson

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