And Along Came a Spider


A shocking portrait of an Iranian serial killer who sees his killing of prostitutes in accordance with Islamic teaching.

Over the space of a year, 16 women were murdered in the Iranian city of Mashad. Because the victims were lured into the killer’s traps, the press soon called these the “spider killings.” All but one of the victims had previously been arrested for prostitution and drug-related crimes.

When a 39-year-old contractor is arrested and confesses to the crimes, he claims divine support for the atrocities he has committed. His mother, wife, son, and many neighbors agree.

And Along Came a Spider visits with the families of the victims, with the perpetrator and his family, and with prostitutes in this holy city. This is a chilling film about cycles of moral vengeance.

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