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A man is taken to a small clinic in Guam with mysterious bites on him. This sparks a search for what could have caused such wounds. A group of men and women fly to the island he lived on to investigate the situation. Due to technical problems, their small plane crashes and they are stranded on the island. After some time, they come to find the man's village is empty and that strange new breeds of killer arachnids have appeared all about the forest. Written by
Joe Shaffer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Can't believe it has been about 10 or 11 years since first time I watched this movie. I decided to give it another go because I do like spider movies, and "Arachnid" is actually good enough entertainment, considering it is from 2001.
The story is straight forward, if not quite simplistic, actually. Some kind of alien spacecraft crashed with a stealth-craft somewhere over the Guam jungle, unleashing some type of alien insectoid creature. A group of people venture into the jungle and stumble upon mutated spiders and insectoid creatures, creatures that stalk them and prey on their lives. So it becomes a matter of survival; man against mutated spiders.
Sure the storyline is a little bit far fetched, but hey, we are dealing with huge, mutated space insects here, isn't that warning symbol number one? I found the story to be alright though, easy to follow and drops you right into the action immediately.
The effects in "Arachnid" were actually quite alright. But of course, this is a Brian Yuzna movie, and he is known for his great creature features and monstrous designs. So even for a 2001 movie, "Arachnid" has creatures that look quite nice. Lots of details and fine touches, which I immensely enjoyed.
The acting was adequate, although the characters were quite superficial and stereotypical. Most of them seemed to be devoid of any emotion or empathy, as people were dying left and right, and no one seemed to really be shaken or disturbed by that fact.
Sure, there are better spider movies available, but "Arachnid" wasn't bad, and it is well worth a watch if you have nothing better to do.
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