A Serial Killer is on the loose bumping off beautiful women. His M.O.? Stab them with an acupuncture needle so they must endure torturous deaths while conscious and paralyzed. A detective is tasked with investigating the murders, and discovers a deeper plot involving blackmail and drugs.
The film was distributed in the United States by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
This film contains examples of:
- And I Must Scream: The killer injects his victims with needle, paralyzing them but leaving them fully conscious while he does his work.
- Animal Motifs: The killer has tarantula hawk wasps, whose hunting style he emulates with his kills. Likewise, his victims have tarantulas.
- Big Bad: The masseur is the killer.
- Blackmail: Our pool of victims is a group of models who are victims of a blackmail ring.
- Dead Star Walking: Barbara Bouchet is top-billed on the poster like Barbara Bach. Bouchet is the first person to die and Bach does not have a big role and is killed during the third act.
- Fanservice: The opening scene features a naked woman getting massage, with closeups of her breasts and butt.
- Obfuscating Disability: The killer is faking blindness in his civilian identity.
- Red Herring: The entire blackmail plot turned out to have nothing to do with the killings. The killer just happened to work at the company; he was actually killing For the Evulz.
- Sadist: The masseur learned he enjoys killing women after murdering his wife, and decides to paralyze his future victims with tarantula hawk wasp venom to make their deaths slower.
- Spiders Are Scary: Subverted. Despite what the poster shows, this isn't a movie about giant killer tarantulas. On the contrary, it's the victims, not the killer, who are metaphorically linked with tarantulas.