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The fate of Los Angeles — and maybe mankind — rests in the hands of a single lowly exterminator in “Big Ass Spider!,” an exceedingly good-natured Z-grade creature feature that finds Angel City under attack by a quite literal spider from Mars. Made with tongue welded firmly to cheek, loads of affection for big rubbery monsters, and some surprisingly accomplished bargain-basement effects, director Mike Mendez’s fifth schlock feature is strictly for genre buffs who’ll delight at the sight of Troma impresario Lloyd Kaufman get devoured by a giant arachnid — as well as anyone who found “Sharknado” a bit too highbrow for their taste. Many worse ways to spend 80 minutes can easily be imagined.

Surely when Walter Scott wrote “Oh, what a tangled web we weave,” he wasn’t picturing a Kong-sized black widow capable of cocooning an adult human in a matter of seconds — or tearing one to pieces with its telephone-pole pincers. »

- Scott Foundas

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