Daredevils: The Human Spider Returns

2009 ,    » 43 Comments
Ratings: 8.26/10 from 23 users.

Daredevils: The Human Spider ReturnsAlain Robert is known to the world as The Human Spider and is arguably the most daring climber the world has ever seen.

This film follows Alain over two years, bringing his story up to date with new, behind-the-scenes footage revealing his assault upon the one building that has eluded him time and again, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia. Watch Alain as he takes on the 88-storey edifice with just his bare hands, some chalk dust, and an awful lot of nerve.

Alain's attempts to free climb up the outside of some of the world's tallest buildings and structures without any safety equipment have earned him a reputation as one of the world's greatest Daredevils.

Despite suffering from epilepsy and admitting to a fear of heights, Alain Robert has made headlines around the world with his unbelievable feats of daring. The 47-year-old husband and father-of-three has scaled skyscrapers such as the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, Berlin's Debis Tower, and the Federation Tower in Moscow, Europe's tallest building.

This heart-stopping documentary also features revealing interviews with Alain's family in an attempt to understand what motivates him to repeatedly risk his life.

43 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Nakor420

    This guy's got BALLS!

  2. wald0
  3. wald0

    This dude is definitely brave, even though I don't see much point in what he is doing. I suppose it makes sense to him though. I get a sense of accomplishment from very different things- music, philosophy, physics, and mathematics mostly. Its funny how different people can be isn't it.

    I suppose as long as what you are doing harms no one and is fulfilling to you then you should be free to pursue it. Then again he could fall off and hurt someone, but it would be very unlikely I would think. I guess the police should respond to make sure he isn't going to hurt someone or commit suicide, but they should let him go if he doesn't.Then again these are privately owned buildings so he is trespassing on someone's property. I guess if they don't want their building climbed they have a right to legal recourse against those that climb it. This makes for an interesting legal debate at least. If someone trespasses on your property but, does you nor your property any damage or inconvenience- do you still have legal recourse? Or should the state have recourse in these events in order to influence a more safe and productive society? After all we can't have hundreds of people scaling sky scrapers everyday and if this guy does it and becomes famous we could see many more. Personally I have nothing against it, I am just paying the devils advocate here for the sake of discussion. I am interested to see what everyone else thinks about it.

  4. wald0
  5. wald0

    I knew he looked familiar. I have those as well.

  6. Mowgli33
  7. Mowgli33

    @wald0- I was waiting to see if you were done with your circuitous conversation with yourself. You certainly view all angles.

  8. Imightberiding
  9. Imightberiding

    He is actually already quite famous (or infamous) & has been for several years. I say more power to him.

  10. Achems_Razor
  11. Achems_Razor

    Fascinating doc. Used to do some climbing, but no buildings.

  12. esmuziq & frames
  13. esmuziq & frames

    waldo what kinda job do you have ?

  14. Nakor420
  15. Nakor420

    This is the libertarian point of view. People should be FREE to live there lives as they see fit. To persue happiness,as long as it''s not hurting anyone else. If this is what fullfills this guys life, then god bless him.

  16. shortonfaith
  17. shortonfaith

    It's always nice to watch a story like this. What a great doc on one mans love of pushing the edges of the envelope. Not only his own but all the officials & building owners in each country. There still is hope & admiration everywhere.

  18. Tammy Cantellia
  19. Tammy Cantellia

    This was AWESOME!! Wow way to follow your dreams..

  20. Tammy Cantellia
  21. Tammy Cantellia

    This was AWESOME!!

  22. wald0
  23. wald0

    I work as an assistant in the theology department of a local community college and build acoustic instruments (Banjos, guitars, mandolins, etc.) with my dad. We also have a fairly good sized farm and run a saw mill. Mostly I am a student studying mathematics and physics, though philosophy runs a close second. I already have a small two year degree in theology but, I never did anything with it.

    P.s. I dig your music man, very cool.

  24. wald0
  25. wald0

    Yes, i am weird person. I know this!!

  26. Gamini Perera
  27. Gamini Perera

    Wow.Unbelievable.Can a man do this in real???He has done it.And he will do it again.What a Nerve Buster!!!!!!Thanks for the documentary.There is a one like this in India.Anyone has got info?? Or any documentary???

  28. Carlos Plaza
  29. Carlos Plaza

    What an awesome video !!!

  30. Nakor420
  31. Nakor420

    My friends older brother is a profesional rock climber. He doesn't scale buildings, but he has those artificial holds all over his house. This guy is chisled out of stone. Probably the strongest guy I've ever known.

  32. Guest
  33. Guest

    Hard balls, big balls would be in the way! lol

  34. Nakor420
  35. Nakor420

    They always let him go without charge because even though they HAVE to arrest him, you know they love him. This guy embodies the fearless spirit of the explorer in us all. Bravo! I hope he climbs freedom tower when it's complete.


    How would you know?, just busting your balls a little Azilda. What a show, unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Guest
  39. Guest

    just a friendly guess!

  40. Guest
  41. Guest

    I read your comments, your participation counts.
    How about an avatar too?

  42. i_drink_Scope
  43. i_drink_Scope

    the most courageous and confident person i have ever been made of aware of! a truly amazing human being...

  44. i_drink_Scope
  45. i_drink_Scope

    the most courageous and confident person i have ever been made of aware of! a truly amazing human being...

  46. Savage Henry
  47. Savage Henry

    Just when you thought there were enough ways to die...

  48. misterwong
  49. misterwong

    Waldo,There is something Counter-intuitive about why we are fascinated by the thrill seeking adventurer.Their exploits and daring are irrational ,death defying feats that no sane person would risk.Why do we find the sheer Wackiness of these hare-brained,death wish stunts so heroic?What do they provide for us level headed mere mortals that inspires us?Beats the Hell outta me.But I guess in a way it shatters our concept of our own limitations as feeble rational humans and expands the possible.Here were some other nuts who,in persuit of a dream,inspired generations of sensible,rational people to take inordinate risks to achieve their goals: When asked in 1924 why one would scale Mt. Everest,George Mallory replied "Because it's There" ,but more telling is "We conquer not the Mountain,but Ourselves"-Edmund Hillary

  50. wald0
  51. wald0

    Thank you for your response, very well thought out. It gave me a lot to think about. I think you are absolutely right, we are attracted to this type of thing because it shows us what we are capable of if we can rise above fear and doubt and are willing to buck conventional wisdom. I think we also like that he is breaking the law and getting away with it, its like he is shaking his finger in the face of "the establishment".

  52. Mathew Tobiasz
  53. Mathew Tobiasz

    totally loved it and the psychological/play analysis but too bad they insisted on flipping the camera all over the place trying to make something feel more exciting that couldn't possibly be more exciting; I just wanted to watch him climb for more than two seconds without the shot zooming in and out and shaking all over the place !

  54. PinchedLoaf
  55. PinchedLoaf

    Mindblowing to say the least! My hands were sweating just watching video.

    Mr. Carpe Diem - you da man!

  56. PinchedLoaf
  57. PinchedLoaf

    If being a critical thinker makes you a weird person...then it is my hope that more people would become weirdos.

  58. His Forever
  59. His Forever

    Wow! That was pretty scary. Glad he didn't die--Yahooed his name to just make sure he was still living! :-)

  60. Norm
  61. Norm

    Fascinating! I would never consider anything as daring as this except in my grandiose dreams. It does however, make me re-think some of the things that I haven't done because of fear. Am I truly incapable or are my personal limitations resting solely in the mind?

  62. 1000scorpions
  63. 1000scorpions

    This caused panic attacks throughout. And i'm sitting in a basement. He should also be credited for causing Holidays all of a sudden whenever he climbs!

  64. 1000scorpions
  65. 1000scorpions

    This caused panic attacks throughout. And i'm sitting in a basement. He should also be credited for all of a sudden causing Holidays whenever he climbs!

  66. Guest
  67. Guest

    Did anyone else get watery shins watching this?

  68. Mike Lindner
  69. Mike Lindner

    He is no Alex Honnold. I'm not saying it isn't impressive, but these are man made buildings where you are repeating the exact same moves because that is how a skyscraper is economically built (repetitive systems).

  70. H Neil Sangte S
  71. H Neil Sangte S

    awesome experience....the coolest guy iv known by far!!

  72. H Neil Sangte S
  73. H Neil Sangte S

    oh come on!!!everybody knows these are man made buildings but they built it with safety measures,that mostly anybody can do following the manual!! you just have to accept this dude is the bravest man on earth!!whooo!!

  74. Aashish Tanna
  75. Aashish Tanna

    You are my hero and inspiration

  76. Jimmy
  77. Jimmy

    rare unit

  78. john kay
  79. john kay

    excellent doc
    similar to man on a wire
    the french are craaaaaazy

  80. Matt Ruggles
  81. Matt Ruggles

    Oh my! That is so intense. Did anyone else's hands get really sweaty when he climbed or feelings of queeziness? My hands got all clammy watching this doc. Highly recommend!

  82. Black N Bianco
  83. Black N Bianco

    Pretty scary, but that's nothing compare to free solo climbing like

    Alex Honnold

  84. AMI
  85. AMI


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