Eight Legged Freaks

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Released 2002

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Director:
Ellory Elkayem
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
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.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Gene Seymour

    So why does Eight Legged Freaks make one laugh out loud even though there is nothing revolutionary about its approach to the giant bug genre? -- the movie is so unapologetic in its...

  • 60

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    This update of 1950s drive-in sci-fiers finds the right balance between icky, funny and scary, with sheer energy compensating for a script that could have used more parodic panache.

  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Awkward, obvious and sporadically -- very sporadically -- amusing.

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    Creatures & Monsters, B-Movie Horror, Thrillers