Holy Spider Trailer: Cannes Winner Investigates an Iranian Serial Killer

Inspired by a terrifying true story, “Holy Spider” untangles the web of a serial killer in Iran.

Cannes Best Actress award winner Zar Amir Ebrahimi stars as a journalist who travels to the Iranian holy city of Mashhad to investigate a serial killer who believes he is doing the work of God, cleansing the streets of sinners by murdering sex workers. Per an official synopsis, as the body count mounts and Rahimi draws closer to exposing his crimes, the opportunity for justice grows harder to attain as the “Spider Killer” (Mehdi Bajestani) is embraced by many as a hero. But the killer’s religious quest to “cleanse” Mashhad of “immoral and corrupt” street prostitutes turns into a desperate attempt to foster public interest in his divine mission.

“Holy Spider” is based on the horrific true story of serial killer Saeed Hanaei, who was captured in 2001 after murdering 16 women. Acclaimed writer/director Ali Abbasi (“Border”) unveils a gripping crime thriller and a daring indictment of a society in which rough justice is routinely a fact of life. Abbasi won the Best Director award at 2022 Fantastic Fest. “Holy Spider” is the official Danish submission for the 95th Academy Awards in the Best International Feature category.

Check out the “Holy Spider” trailer below.

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