Eight Legged FreaksJuly 17, 2002
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
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
Sheriff Samantha Parker
Doug E. Doug
Deputy Pete Willis
Jay Arlen Jones
Jane Edith Wilson
The biggest… nastiest… mutant spider movie of all time!!!!
Release Date: 17 July 2002
Filming Locations: Arizona, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $6,485,458
(21 July 2002)
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).
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.
Do you know fear?
A fun monster movie
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
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
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
of this film takes place in a mall, and there are some definite nods to
Aliens and Dawn of the Dead. A couple of the funnier moments have to be
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!
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.