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Larger Than Life (1998)

A young woman battles against a series of giant spiders, spawned by toxic waste, in her new suburban home.

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A young woman battles against a series of giant spiders, spawned by toxic waste, in her new suburban home.

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Un-FREAKin-believable! This Is A Short Masterpiece
24 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short story film was the "inspiration" for "Eight-Legged Freaks," and I can see why! It is an amazing little 13-minute film that will keep riveted to your TV set for the complete short ride.

This New Zealand film done by Ellory Elkayem is beautifully-filmed in black-and-white and is masterful at building up suspense in such a short time. I spent half the movie with my mouth gaping at what I was seeing.

The story couldn't be simpler: toxic waste produces a spider who gets bigger and bigger with each camera shot. Unfortunately for some poor woman living alone at home, the spider's growth spurt takes place in her residence and she witnesses this transformation.

Calling an exterminator doesn't help because the insect kills that skeptic in no time! Then it's either her or the insect to see who will survive. Rebecca Hobbs did a nice job in the lead role.

I just loved the direction and photography in here. The music also was perfect for the film. This was a great start for an unknown and young director. I enjoyed "Eight-Legged Freaks" and it was on that DVD where I saw this film.

I would like to see Elkayem go on and make more of these black-and-white type sci-fi homages to the '50s films. So far, this short film is probably the best thing he's done.


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