The Cobweb Hotel (1936)

The Cobweb Hotel (1936)
Article 5771 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 5-16-2020
Directed by Dave Fleischer and Dave Tendlar
Featuring the voice of Jack Mercer
Country: USA
What it is: Fleischer cartoon

A newlywed fly couple decide to spend the night at the Cobweb hotel, only to discover that the place is a trap run by a hungry spider.

it doesn’t speak well for the mental acuity of our newlywed fly couple that the name of the hotel wasn’t enough to warn them. The opening scene in which the spider sings a song while we see trapped flies screaming for their lives is certainly enough to get this one classified as a horror cartoon of sorts. And, truth be told, it’s pretty much played for thrills rather than laughs, though there are moments of whimsy. I can’t help but notice that our spider is short a couple of his legs, but that’s a minor quibble. This one passes muster.

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