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17 July 2002 (USA) See more »
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A variety of horrible poisonous spiders get exposed to a noxious chemical that causes them to grow to monumental proportions. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Ellory Elkayem 
Writing credits
Ellory Elkayem (story) &
Randy Kornfield (story)

Jesse Alexander (screenplay) &
Ellory Elkayem (screenplay)

Produced by
Bruce Berman .... producer
Dean Devlin .... producer
Roland Emmerich .... executive producer
William Fay .... executive producer
Kelly Van Horn .... co-producer
Peter Winther .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Ottman 
Cinematography by
John S. Bartley 
Film Editing by
David Siegel 
Casting by
Paula Rosenberg 
April Webster 
Production Design by
Charles William Breen  (as Charles Breen)
Art Direction by
Chas. Butcher 
Set Decoration by
Marcia Calosio 
Costume Design by
Alix Friedberg 
Makeup Department
Leo Corey Castellano .... key creature/makeup effects
Kim Collea .... makeup artist
Scott W. Farley .... key hair stylist
Bill Johnson .... creature/makeup effects department head
Rick Sharp .... makeup department head
Tina Sims .... assistant hair stylist
Scott Spencer .... makeup effects crew
Claudia Breckenridge .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Brent Conley .... special makeup effects crew (uncredited)
Production Management
James K. Jensen .... post-production supervisor
Kelly Van Horn .... unit production manager
Barbara Russo .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul F. Bernard .... second assistant director
Dominick Scarola .... dga trainee
Lars P. Winther .... first assistant director
Art Department
Matthew Bekoff .... set designer
Vicki Dittemore .... set dresser
Beverli Eagan .... set designer
Neil Gahm .... propmaker
Ralph Hall .... set carpenter
Ralph Hall .... set carpenter
Christopher Hayes .... set dresser
Mark Hurtado .... storyboard artist
Terry Kempf .... construction coordinator
Richard Lambert .... leadman
Catherine A. McCabe .... art department coordinator
Keith Mosca .... property master
Paul S. Power .... storyboard artist
Chris Rogers .... art department staff assistant
Steve Roll .... carpenter
Gregg Singer .... picture car coordinator
Joel D. Spencer .... scenic painter
Kristen Spinning .... stand-by painter
John A. Stewart Jr. .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor
Brian Basham .... adr recordist
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Michael Broomberg .... foley artist (as Michael J. Broomberg)
Kerry Ann Carmean .... sound effects editor
Dino Dimuro .... sound effects editor
Jim Fitzpatrick .... re-recording mixer
Gregg Frazier .... boom operator: re-shoots
Gary Gegan .... re-recording mixer
Peter Geoco .... production sound mixer
Dan Hegeman .... sound effects editor
Chris Hogan .... dialogue supervisor
Matthew Iadarola .... supervising re-recording mixer
Daniel S. Irwin .... sound editor
Kate Jesse .... boom operator
Carey Milbradt .... sound editor
James Moriana .... foley artist
Gary Mundheim .... sound effects editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Dirk Stout .... sound utility
Wade Wilson .... sound editor
Scott Wolf .... supervising sound editor
Jeff Glueck .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Douglas J. Schulman .... production sound mixer: re-shoot (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ron Colucci .... special effects
Yves De Bono .... special effects coordinator
Jens Döldissen .... special effects supervisor: additional miniatures
Phil H. Fravel .... special effects
Ken Gorrell .... special effects technician
Jeremy Hays .... special effects supervisor: pick-up shots
Thomas Kittle .... special effects
Matthew Lillis .... special effects technician
Robert 'Lucky' Rieker .... special effects
Andreas Schneider .... special effects crew
Russell Tyrrell .... special effects foreman
Mark Williams .... special effects
Wayne Kennedy .... modeller (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Carol Ashley .... 3D artist, lighter & compositor: CFX
Carol Ashley .... technical director: CFX
Andy Barrios .... digital compositor
Thad Beier .... shader writer: fur
Francois Bordez .... technical director
Jennifer Bourne .... digital artist
John Bozzalla .... Visual Effects Production Assistant (as John Bozzalla Jr.)
Michelle Butler .... digital compositor
Darrin Butters .... character animator
Robert Castaneda .... character animator
Dominick Cecere .... CG character animator
Fabrice Ceugniet .... research and development technical director: CFX
Andy Chen .... digital lighter
Yan Chen .... systems engineer
Kay Cloud .... senior technical director
Robert Cribbett .... digital compositor
Tim T. Cunningham .... visual effects coordinator: pre-production
Thomas Dadras .... visual effects supervisor
Matthew Davies .... effects animator
Jon Doyle .... digital compositor
Nickson Fong .... senior technical director
Scott Gastellu .... roto/paint artist
Lynn M. Gephart .... visual effects associate producer
Ido Gondelman .... lead character animator: Centropolis FX
Juan Gonzalez .... matchmover
Karen E. Goulekas .... visual effects supervisor
Greg Groenekamp .... visual effects compositor: CFX
Abra Grupp .... compositing supervisor
Joachim Grüninger .... visual effects supervisor
Jerry Hall .... digital compositor
Greg Hanigan .... digital imaging supervisor
Todd Harvey .... research and development technical director: CFX
David Hofmann .... senior matchmover
Jaimie Lee Jota-Finnerty .... visual effects production assistant: CFX-DasWerk (as Jaimie Lee Jota)
Danny Keller .... character animator
Keith Kellogg .... character animator
Sevendalino Khay .... character animator
Scott Kilburn .... senior technical director: CFX
Andy King .... visual effects R&D supervisor: CFX
Joshua I. Kolden .... technical director
Kenneth Kurras .... effects animator
John Lee .... animator
Kelvin Lee .... animation supervisor
Timothy Loughran .... Visual Effects Production Assistant
Anthony Mabin .... senior digital effects compositor: CFX
Britta Mangold .... miniature effects: DOP
James Marbas .... digital effects supervisor
Richard Matsushita .... color and lighting technical director
Richard Matsushita .... digital artist
Drew McKeen .... visual effects producer
Steve Miller .... assistant visual effects editor: CFX
Robert Minsk .... head of software
Paolo Moscatelli .... computer graphics supervisor: CFX
Alex Neymark .... systems director
Alexander Nowotny .... matchmover
Rob Ostir .... digital effects artist
James Park .... 3D matchmover
Mylène Pepe .... research and development technical director: CFX
Cristin Pescosolido .... compositor
Dave Rand .... effects animator (as David Rand)
Rick Sander .... digital effects artist
Kosta Saric .... visual effects editor: CFX
Steven Seed .... senior systems engineer: CFX
Ira Shain .... character animator
Bret St. Clair .... digital model/texture supervisor
Joe Strasser .... texture painter technical director
Andy Tamandl .... digital artist: CFX
Ka Yaw Tan .... digital artist
Hector Dante Tantoco .... digital artist (as Dante Tantoco)
Nowell Valeri .... digital artist: CFX
Paul Van Camp .... senior effects animator
Mortimer Warlimont .... senior model maker
Brian Wolf .... digital compositor
Manny Wong .... creature animator
Xye .... visual effects
Jason Yanofsky .... digital artist
Jason Yanofsky .... visual effects artist
Amanda Burton .... digital rotoscope/paint artist (uncredited)
Steve Griffith .... visual effects intern: CFX (uncredited)
Joe Mandia .... character animator (uncredited)
John Alden .... stunts
Pat Banta .... stunts
Charlie Brewer .... stunt coordinator
Kelly Brown .... stunts
Heather Callow .... stunt performer (as Heather Banta)
David Castillo .... motorcycle stunts
James M. Churchman .... stunts
Louie Franco .... motorcycle stunts
Andy Gill .... stunts
John Hateley .... stunts
Jim Holley .... motorcycle stunts
'Mad' Mike Jones .... motorcycle stunts
Pat Larkin .... stunts
Alex Madison .... stunts (as Gail Monian)
Rick Miller .... motorcycle stunts
Vicki Sims .... stunts
Russell Tyrrell .... stunts
Jim Holley .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Balzarini .... second assistant camera
David E. Baron .... first assistant camera
Robert Bullard .... second assistant camera
Gary L. Camp .... Steadicam operator
Gary L. Camp .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jason Casillas .... assistant camera
Kenny S. Christiansen .... electrical best boy
Keith Collea .... video supervisor
Jay Coolidge .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as John Coolidge)
Jon Baronn Farmer .... still photographer
Anna Foerster .... additional photographer
Michael Green .... camera operator: "a" camera
Roy Heath .... grip (2001)
Scott Herrick .... rigging gaffer
Curt Pair .... camera operator: digital betacam
Tim Ryan .... key grip
John Stewart .... set lighting
John Stewart .... underwater gaffer
Scott C. Williman .... best boy
Sully Jacome-Wilkes .... still photographer (uncredited)
Karen Sundt .... grip (uncredited)
Animation Department
Sari Gennis .... character animator
Scott Holmes .... animator
Alice V. Kaiserian .... animator
Cliff Mueller .... animator
Casting Department
Scott Baldyga .... casting associate
Cindi Reiss .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gina G. Aller .... set costumer
Blanca Garcia .... costumer
Deborah Hall .... costume supervisor
Maggie McFarland .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Michel Aller .... first assistant editor
Ryan Chan .... assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
David Orr .... color timer
Nicholas 'Nikko' Tsiotsias .... first assistant film editor
Timothy Colletti .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Bill Daly .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Location Management
Alan Benoit .... location manager
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music supervisor
Brent Brooks .... music editor
Jessica Clements .... music coordinator
Joey Deluxe .... composer: song "Itsy Bitsy Spider"
George Doering .... musician
Amanda Goodpaster .... music editor
M.B. Gordy .... musician: Percussion
Larry Groupé .... orchestrator
Damon Intrabartolo .... conductor
Damon Intrabartolo .... orchestrator
Steve Juliani .... music preparation
Daniel Nielsen .... composer: trailer music
John Ottman .... orchestrator
Rich Ragsdale .... composer: additional music
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Bart Samolis .... musician
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Frank Welker .... special vocal effects
Margaret Yen .... associate music supervisor
Larry Groupé .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Frank Macchia .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
George Bolton .... driver
Jason LaFountain .... driver
Michael B. Russell .... transportation captain
Kip Wolverton .... driver
Other crew
Robin Anderson .... script supervisor
Shelly Boucher .... production assistant
Aaron Boyd .... assistant: Roland Emmerich
Joe Childress .... production assistant
Brent Conley .... puppeteer
Aaron Cullen .... staff assistant
Gina M. Di Santo .... assistant: Peter Winther (as Gina Di Santo)
Terry J. Erdmann .... unit publicist
John W. Ervin .... set production assistant
Christian Feldhaus .... first assistant accountant
Nicholas Fitzgerald .... production assistant (as Nicholas S. Fitzgerald)
Sascha Fix .... production assistant
Cindy Franke .... assistant production coordinator
Kim Hyde .... set medic
Bill Johnson .... creature effects department head
Bill Johnson .... puppeteer
Shari Lee .... production secretary
Daryl C. Lefever .... production accountant
Jamie McGuire .... production assistant: los angeles
Michael McNally .... key paramedic
Mike McNally .... key set medic
Rob Million .... spiders provider
Freddy Mojica .... caterer
David Nico .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Karen O'Toole .... production coordinator
Rachel Olschan .... assistant: Dean Devlin
Matt Power .... set production assistant
Marie Randall .... key craft service
Cris Rankin .... animal wrangler
Dominic Sbardella .... craft service
Jo Ann Smith .... studio teacher
Tamara Taillie .... assistant: Ellory Elkayem
Karen Turner .... payroll
Amanda Uber .... staff coordinator
Mikki Ziska .... set production assistant
Jeff Smith .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... monster voice (uncredited)
Lewis Arquette .... in memory of
Don Devlin .... in memory of
Pilar Seurat .... in memory of (as Pilar Cerveris)

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Also Known As:
"Arac Attack" - Belgium (English title)
"Spider Panic!" - Japan (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, brief sexuality and language
99 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Austria:10 | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-11 | France:12 | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:I | Iceland:14 (theatrical rating) | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:12 | Norway:11 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:12 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #38699)
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45 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
One of the year's most pleasant surprises, 5 September 2002
Author: JasonJayDelmonico from Houston, TX

Final Score (average of various classic cinematic qualities- direction, pure fun, creativity, intelligence, originality, ect.):

7.7 (out of 10)

For some reason the mainstream in this country just HATES monster movies. They think they're "too stupid", yet everytime an "Austin Powers" or "Scary Movie" comes out we're all just supposed to bend over and take it ("wallow in it's stupidity"). Go figure. Hopefully that's not going to stop Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich from producing this stuff. God bless them, they seem to understand the can-do campy 50s monster movie spirit more than anyone else today. Eight Legged Freaks (and that IS a perfect title, by the way) is coming out to be one of the best popcorn rollarcoasters of the summer. I'll even say of last summer too. The reason it keeps getting compared to the similarly toned "Tremors", "Gremlins" and "Arachnophobia" is because it's the best movie of it's kind since then- and that was a decade ago.

That's all genera-speak though. While it blows away the likes of "Men in Black 2", Eight Legged Freaks dissapoints in that it refuses to go the extra mile and break some of the templated cliches of the genera - the finale (while satisfying and cool to watch) was way to convenient for me- and it certainly has it's share of eye-rolling stupid lines and moments. Doug E. Doug plays a typical conspiracy theorist who mouthpieces some typical Hollywood liberal lines ("You still think a black man's vote counts in Florida"). Plus, that lengthy cat death scene was unbearably cruel to watch. You'd think Hollywood expelled their hatred of cats with "Cats and Dogs". Make no mistake about it: Hollywood HATES cats.

Nonetheless 7.7 is quite an accomplishment for a movie of this kind. All the credit goes to first time writer/director Elkayhem. The movie is serious only to the point of being true to it's genera, lightly funny without being too stupid, and occasionally even frightening. Some of his plot points are cliche but he sets them up so well we hardly notice. The visuals are incredible from the bright cartoonish color pallette given to the locations to the spiders themselves - easily some of most realistic set of special effects I've seen in a while. To many special effects movies now have this unconvincing animated look to them. These lazy FX people don't understand that a comment like "nice special effects" is not a compliment. A good special effect is one we don't notice and these spiders are completely convincing. One of my favorite little bits is one where two spiders work together- one ripping the door off a pickup, the other pulling out the guy inside. The trap-door spiders rule, but "the jumpers" are the stars. This movie does for "Jumpers" what Jurassic Park did for Velociraptors.

The acting fits the bill. David Arquette is perfectly cast as the lead. He plays it suprisingly straight (a nice change of pace from Deputy Dewey and other movie goofballs) but the mear novelty of his presence helps set the movie's goofy overall effect. Finally, the action scenes are exciting, imaginative and very well paced. This is a movie for anybody who ever looked around inside a mall and imagined what it would look like if the walls were swarming with hundreds of giant spiders. I'm serious, you have to have that level of imagination. You also have to let a movie be what it is and this one is a rock solid entry in the modern monster movie library.

Biggest Positive: It's a blast, with realistic effects to boot.

Biggest Negative: that cat killing scene.

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