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Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

PG-13  |   |  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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Let the squashing begin!! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 July 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arac Attack  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,485,458 (USA) (19 July 2002)


$17,266,505 (USA) (11 October 2002)

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When the mayor sees all the people running towards the mall, he says the line: "If you build it, they will come!". It's inspired by the line : "If you build it, he will come." from Field of Dreams (1989) starring Kevin Costner. See more »


In the beginning where Chris meets Aunt Gladys in the office there is a dog biting at his pants. During the shot between his legs, the arm of the animal wrangler can clearly be seen pulling the dog forward by the collar. See more »


[first lines]
Harlan: Do you know fear?
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References Gremlins (1984) See more »


Written by DJ Kta, Bobby Darwin, Steed Najera, Eddy Garcia, Haroun Serang, Dennis Morehouse
Performed by Triple Seven
Produced by Phil Nicolo
Courtesy of Spunout Records
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A cool 50's Style monster flick
10 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great flick, it's old fashion monster making magic at it's finest. The story, the characters, the effects are all great. It's the kind of fun movie they use to make in the fifties. That watch out for mutation monster movies. The kind that Roger Cormen and Burt I. Gordon use to make. But this movie took longer then the weekend to make. The creature effects were realistic and cool. The spiders had personality. The human cast does a great job, the radio guy and his alien talk got annoying. He totally believes in aliens but can't fathom mutations. A conspiracy nut like him should believe that radiation causes mutations, and if the Government covers aliens up they sure hell would cover mutants up. Anyway, one minor thing during the grand scheme of things. I give EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS...9 STARS

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