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Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

 -  Action | Comedy | Horror  -  17 July 2002 (USA)
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A variety of horrible poisonous spiders get exposed to a noxious chemical that causes them to grow to monumental proportions.

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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

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The biggest... nastiest... mutant spider movie of all time!!!! See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, brief sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Arac Attack  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$324,976 (Australia) (27 September 2002)

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$17,266,505 (USA) (11 October 2002)
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In the beginning of the movie at the spider farm, when it shows the jumping spiders feeding, Joshua says, "They call it an Arac-Attack." This is a reference to the original title of the movie. See more »

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If "Arachnophobia" made you shiver,this one will make you quiver.
17 July 2002 | by (columbus,ohio) – See all my reviews

If the movie "Arachnophobia" made you jump, gave you nightmares, or disturbed you enough that you are afraid to feel for a lightswitch in a dark,don't see "Eight Legged Freaks". This one has the feel of late 50's -early 60's horror/sci-fi movies without the phony looking monsters. These spiders looked REAL and their movements were orchestrated in such a way that you felt like you were really watching giant spiders on the screen. I can't say any of the human actors had really stand-out performances, because the spiders were the stars of this one. I will say that this movie and "Spider-Man" have the potential to interest young budding arachnophiles to take a serious look at the scientific side of spiders. Each of these movies gives the scientific names and characteristics of the different spiders involved(before the radiation takes effect),and does a super job of presenting their habits and idiosyncrasies. The only thing that might be questioned in either movie is the aggressiveness of the arachnids portrayed(perhaps this is the fault of the radiation as well). I give this movie "eight digits up" for sheer entertainment value.


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