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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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Do you hate spiders? Do you really hate spiders? Well they don't like you either. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Horror

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

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17 July 2002 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$17,266,505 (USA) (11 October 2002)
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The title did not come from the script, the director or the studio. In one scene, actor David Arquette improvised the phrase "Eight Legged Freaks" and that became the title. The original title was "Arac Attack" (in many European countries the film was released under that title). The scene can be seen in the movie with the phrase intact. See more »

Goofs

When Sam is in Mike's room and notices the film on the TV, he is watching Them! However, the television shows scenes from the movie taken out of their chronological order and spanning the entire length of the feature film. See more »

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[first lines]
Harlan: Do you know fear?
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Eerie Midnight Horror Show (2008) See more »

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Itsy Bitsy Spider
Written and Performed by Joey Deluxe
Produced by Joey Deluxe
(appears in the opening and closing credits)
Courtesy of Joe Merholz Music ASCAP
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Beautifully brainless fun!
13 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Giant spiders attack a sleepy Arizona mining town. Zany hijinks ensue.

This movie is a nod--or a series of nods, really--to the classic B-movie "giant insect run amok" genre in the spirit of "Them!", "The Praying Mantis", and especially "Tarantula". A mixture of weird science gone wrong and shady double-dealing turns a local exotic spider collection into rampaging, man-eating monsters.

Is it scientifically accurate? Hell, no. Is it great drama? Afraid not. Is it Academy Award material? I don't think so. Is it *fun*? You bet! Part of the fun of this movie is that it *isn't* trying to educate anybody about the environment, the ozone layer, global warming, or terrorist attacks. It's beautifully brainless entertainment and if you like to laugh--a *lot*--you'll love this movie. Rent it! Now!


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