Sometimes, timing is everything. When this movie was being filmed, it was under the title “Arac Attack.” But since the release date was right around the time the second Iraq War began, the studios decided to change the title to Eight Legged Freaks, although it was still released under the original name in some countries. Still, no matter what the title, this was a fun little horror comedy that played tribute to the classic giant bug movies of the 50’s. So on to today’s movie, Eight Legged Freaks.
The plot: In the town of Prosperity, Arizona, an accident occurs and a barrel of toxic waste winds up in a nearby reservoir, where an exotic spider farmer named Joshua has been collecting crickets for his spiders. A few months later Joshua is showing a young boy named Mike how the spiders have been growing due to the crickets he has been feeding them. After Mike leaves, Joshua is attacked and killed by his spiders. Pretty soon, giant spiders begin showing up around town and attacking the townspeople. Urged by Sam Parker, the town sheriff, the surviving townspeople take refuge in the nearby mall but when the spiders manage to make it inside the mall, the people retreat into the mines. With hundreds of spiders on their heels, it is up to Sam and Chis McCormick, the owner of the mine, to find a way to save the people and kill the spiders.
Critics were mixed on this movie, giving it a 48% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As for the audience, they simply were not in the mood for giant spiders as it would only earn a little over $17 million dollars worldwide. Personally, this is not a great movie but I do think this is a pretty funny movie, which is surprising because I ABSOLUTELY DESPISED the “cough” movie “cough” that Dean Devlin produced in 1998. They did a great job of paying tribute to the classic bug films, even having clips of “Them” showing on a TV in the background. I thought a lot of the sound effects and almost human voices that were added to the spiders was very funny, almost like Gremlins in a way. I honestly don’t care for David Arquette but he wasn’t terrible in this movie. It is a stupid kind of funny, but that is what I expected from this movie.
So if you want a couple of laughs, then you might give this a try.
Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5