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Eight Legged Freaks


Eight Legged Freaks

Cast: David Arquette, Scarlett Johansen, Kari Whurer, Doug E. Doug.

Director: Ellory Elkayem 

David Arquette (Scream) and Scarlett Johansen (Lost In Translation) star in this giant spider-infested monster movie throwback from Kiwi director Ellory Elkayem.

The inaccurately named town of Prosperity, Arizona doesn't have much going for it now that the mines are tapped and the mall development has stalled. The mayor has been secretly allowing the dumping of toxic waste in the empty mines, and a barrel of the stuff finds its way into a small lake next to the low key tourist spot Taft's Exotic Spider Farm.

Soon enough, the ooze has super-sized Taft's exotic spiders and they begin picking off hapless victims on the outskirts of town. They soon swarm to alarming numbers and invade downtown Prosperity. It's then up to the just-came-back-to-town Chris (Arquette), lady Sheriff Sam (Kari Whurer), her kids Sam and Ashley (Scott Terra and Johanson) and the conspiracy-loving local radio DJ Harlan Grittith (Doug E. Doug - Cool Runnings) to save the day.

Eight Legged Freaks has an appealing, unpretentious desire to evoke the cheesy monster movies of the 50s, albeit using state of the art special effects. It does so pretty efficiently, although it's not quite as successful as the similarly themed giant worm film Tremors (1989).

But the spiders are undeniably cool-looking and there are some laugh-out-loud moments.

Trivia: During production, the film was named Arac Attack, which more specifically evoked the spirit of the films it was attempting to emulate. But following the events of September 11th, 2001, the word "Attack" was thought to have negative associations, so the film was renamed after a line Arquette improvised during filming.


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