Eight Legged Freaks

July 17th, 2002


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A variety of horrible poisonous spiders get exposed to a noxious chemical that causes them to grow to monumental proportions.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 5.4/10 (23,834 voted)

Critic's Score: 53/100

Director: Ellory Elkayem

Stars: David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scott Terra

The residents of a rural mining town discover that an unfortunate chemical spill has caused hundreds of little spiders to mutate overnight to the size of SUVs. It's then up to mining engineer Chris McCormack and Sheriff Sam Parker to mobilize an eclectic group of townspeople, including the Sheriff's young son, Mike, her daughter, Ashley, and paranoid radio announcer Harlan, into battle against the bloodthirsty eight-legged beasts.

Writers: Ellory Elkayem, Randy Kornfield

David Arquette - Chris McCormick
Kari Wuhrer - Sheriff Samantha Parker
Scott Terra - Mike Parker
Scarlett Johansson - Ashley Parker
Doug E. Doug - Harlan Griffith
Rick Overton - Deputy Pete Willis
Leon Rippy - Wade
Matt Czuchry - Bret
Jay Arlen Jones - Leon
Eileen Ryan - Gladys
Riley Smith - Randy
Matt Holwick - Larry
Jane Edith Wilson - Emma
Jack Moore - Amos
Roy Gaintner - Floyd

Taglines: The biggest... nastiest... mutant spider movie of all time!!!!


Official Website: Warner Bros [France] | Warner Bros [uk] |

Release Date: 17 July 2002

Filming Locations: Arizona, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,485,458 (USA) (21 July 2002) (2530 Screens)

Gross: $45,867,333 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The title did not come from the script, the director or the studio. In one scene, actor David Arquette improvised the phrase "Eight Legged Freaks" and that became the title. The original title was "Arac Attack" (in many European countries the film was released under that title).

Revealing mistakes: When Sam is in Mike's room and notices the film on the TV, he is watching Them! However, the television shows scenes from the movie taken out of their chronological order and spanning the entire length of the feature film.

[first lines]
Harlan: Do you know fear?

User Review

A fun monster movie

Rating: 6/10

Eight Legged Freaks (2002) is a surprisingly good movie. Basically the story of toxic-waste mutated spiders attacking an isolated desert town, this could have seriously sucked, but the film has a sense of humor about it. In a way, it reminds me of Gremlins and Tremors, two monster movies that also had a really nasty sense of humor about them. All of these films are essentially replicas of cheesy 50's movies, but done with modern special effects. The good effects do not in any way make these films any less cheesy, but they are fun. A good chunk of this film takes place in a mall, and there are some definite nods to both Aliens and Dawn of the Dead. A couple of the funnier moments have to be when an old man is stalked in a sporting-goods store while a Muzak version of "Strangers in the Night" plays in the background while a guy in a hockey mask with a chainsaw battles the spiders (Jason vs. Arachnids?).

Is the film plausible? Not in the slightest. Is it fun? Oh yeah! Mindlessly cheesy horror at its best. No nudity, light language, lots of violence, 8/10. Not a good idea for those scared of spiders.

PS The director (a young man from New Zealand) included the short that inspired this movie on the DVD release. It's worth watching too.