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. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
During the car ride to the mall, Harlan is convinced the spiders are aliens. Chris responds "They are spiders are from Mars." David Bowie came out with 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars' in 1972 and the spiders from Mars are referenced in the song 'Ziggy Stardust.' See more »
The movie is published with a punctuation error in its title. "Eight Legged Freaks" means "eight freaks with legs" and is pronounced with only three syllables in total. The correct punctuation is "Eight-Legged Freaks" meaning "freaks with eight legs" with four syllables in total ("legged" with two). See more »
The only way I gave this a look was that someone loaned it to me for free. I now own it! This looked like it would be a stupid movie, and it some scenes it certainly was, but it was so entertaining that I know I will watch this a number of times.
This is a 1950s-type sci-fi flick with modern-day special effects. In fact, if you liked "Them!" you'll get a big kick of out of this film. The difference is the much- better special-effects but some low-grade attitudes and some profanity. The characters are dumb but they were dumb in the '50s, too.
The story starts off a bit slow but once the overgrown spiders emerge, the film goes full bore and gets extremely entertaining. It's almost too much action. One needs a break! By the end, you're glad it's over. Thus, if they had chopped 5-10 minutes off this, it would have been much better. Nonetheless, it's a fun ride with some genuinely scary parts and some humor, too. Since "entertainment" is the name of the game, this gets 8 stars even though it's lower-grade material.
It flat-out entertains.
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