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Arachnid -- A group of scientists set out on a secret expedition to a South Pacific Island in search of the cause of an unknown deadly virus. It soon becomes clear that the source of the virus is not from the world.

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Director:
Writer:
Mark Sevi (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 June 2001 (Spain) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's coming from another world... TO STAY! See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
good idea, tepid execution See more (49 total) »

Cast

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Chris Potter ... Valentine

Alex Reid ... Mercer
José Sancho ... Dr. Samuel Leon
Neus Asensi ... Susana

Ravil Isyanov ... Henry Capri
Luis Lorenzo Crespo ... Reyes (as Luis Lorenzo)
Rocqueford Allen ... Bear
Jesús Cabrero ... Lightfoot
Robert Vicencio ... Toe Boy (as Robert Gabriel Vicencio)
Héctor Chiquín ... Native 1
Conejo Wilson ... Native 2
Fausto Gualsaqui ... Native 3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gavin Sims ... Cult Member (2001) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Sholder 
 
Writing credits
Mark Sevi (screenplay)

Produced by
Sheri Bryant .... co-producer
Carlos Fernández .... executive producer
Julio Fernández .... executive producer
Julio Fernández .... producer
Miguel Torrente .... line producer
Brian Yuzna .... creative producer
Brian Yuzna .... producer
 
Original Music by
Francesc Gener 
 
Cinematography by
Carlos González 
 
Film Editing by
Jaume Vilalta 
 
Casting by
Greg Kyle 
Américo Piñeiro 
Naomi Yoelin 
 
Production Design by
Llorenç Miquel 
 
Art Direction by
Enrique Echeverría 
 
Costume Design by
Catou Verdier 
 
Makeup Department
Anthony C. Ferrante .... special makeup effects consultant
José Antonio Sánchez .... makeup supervisor
Susana Sánchez .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Adriana Aimo .... production manager
Jordi Berenguer .... production manager
Jesús L. Pérez Villar .... post-production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Manuel L. Cañizares .... first assistant director
M.A. Faura .... second second assistant director
M.A. Faura .... second unit director
LaCris García .... second assistant director (as Cristina García)
Óscar Manero .... second second assistant director
Santi Trullenque .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Laura González .... art department coordinator
Carlos Grané .... assistant props
Jordi Huguet .... storyboard
Jonás Martín .... set construction
Xavier Mateu .... set construction
Bernat Puig .... art department buyer
Oriol Puig .... on-set decorator
Roger Subirachs .... construction manager
Guillem Velarde .... set construction
David DeBartolomé .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Isaac Bonfill .... second unit: boom operator
Manuel Carrión .... foley artist
Salvador Enríquez .... boom operator
Santiago Núñez .... sound mixer: Mexico
Marc Orts .... sound re-recording mixer
Jaume Puig .... sound consultant: Dolby
José Luis Vázquez .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Arturo Balceiro .... special effects makeup
Xavi Bastida .... special effects makeup: DDT crew
R.S. Cole .... creature designs
Mike Elizalde .... mechanical designer
Mike Elizalde .... puppeteer
Damian Fisher .... special effects technician
Joe Gomez .... mold technician
Steve Johnson .... creature effects designer and creator
Tony López .... special effects assistant
Cass McClure .... foam department supervisor: XFX
José M. Meneses .... special effects technician: DDT
 
Visual Effects by
Gloria Bernabeu .... digital compositor
Cesc Biénzobas .... visual effects
Jesús Luque .... visual effects
Laura Maynadé .... digital effects coordinator
Jaume Vilaseca .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eduardo Bonilla .... lighting technician
Elisenda Cardona .... first assistant camera
Salva Castellarnau .... grip
Javier González Leonardo .... grip
Javier Guerrero .... electrician
Guillem Huertas .... second assistant camera
Roger Martínez .... first assistant camera
Núria Roldos .... camera operator
Núria Roldos .... director of photography: second unit
Tersi Roquer .... still photographer
Javier Valderrama .... director of photography: second unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Núria Anglada .... seamstress
 
Other crew
Eduardo Albaladejo .... management of rights: Filmax Entertainment
Iván Gómez .... production assistant
Fernando Juncar .... additional production assistant
Anna Kemp .... script supervisor
Alberto Marini .... development executive
Manuel Monzón .... development executive
Carla Pérez de Albéniz .... production assistant
Martin Samper .... making-of crew coordinator
Martin Samper .... marketing and promotion
Elena Serra .... development executive
Alejandro Sánchez de la Peña .... key set production assistant
Fina Torrente .... production coordinator
Isaac Torrás .... production assistant
Santi Trullenque .... assistant: Jack Sholder
Ursi Van der Herten .... assistant: Brian Yuzna
Alberto Álvarez .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Amazon" - Philippines (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for creature violence/gore and language
Runtime:
95 min | Argentina:102 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Valentine (Chris Potter) tells Mercer "Just help me get these people out of here and I'll come back with you" around 51 minutes in, Mercer (Alex Reid) opens her mouth to reply but only the voice of the doctor (José Sancho), who had just walked into their perspective, can be heard, making it sound like Mercer is talking with a man's voice as no audio whatsoever is heard coming from her mouth.See more »
Movie Connections:
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
good idea, tepid execution, 11 April 2002
Author: MichaelM24 from California

I'm a fan of the 50s big monster movies like THEM! and their more-recent counterparts, films like ANACONDA and (especially) the TREMORS series. So when I saw a sneak preview of ARACHNID at the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors convention a year ago (and being that I'm also someone who likes to give a lot of low-budget direct-to-video movies a chance), I knew I'd have to check it out.

The setup is simple enough in the best 50s monster movie tradition: a team of scientists and ex-military types travel to a remote island to find the source of a mysterious new virus, and in the process come face to face with a giant web-spinning terror. The trailer suggested a Godzilla-sized spider. Instead, it's about eight feet tall and maybe ten feet long. Due to the thick accents of some of the foreign characters (several co-stars are from Spain, where some of the movie was shot), the dialogue is at times rather difficult to understand. There's the usual conflicts between characters, the character with a hidden agenda for tagging along, etc. If you're familiar with the old monster movies, you'll probably recognize these standards. The film takes its sweet time getting going, and the spider (after a brief half-obscured appearance near the beginning) doesn't fully appear until nearly an hour-and-five-minutes into the film. When you have a movie in which the star is the big title monster, that monster had better show up before the thirty/forty-minute mark. Otherwise, interest begins to wander, as it did with me. But I hung there, despite the boring moments in which characters walk off in the middle of the night after they've seen what happens to people who do the same, characters argue, characters complain, and the main military guy and pilot slowly bond. Once the spider is finally revealed to the characters' amazement and horror, the suspense is upped a little bit, leading to a frenzy climax in which the pilot and two more men you thought for sure had died (having gone off to establish communication to call for help) show up to fight back. And of course, there's the final shot that screams, "Sequel!"

Chris Potter (from TV's KUNG FU: THE LEGEND CONTINUES) makes an appealing hero, even if he's not given much to do other than stand around, shout orders, and fire an M16. Alex Reid, who plays the pilot, isn't particularly convincing as a tough girl (perhaps it was the director's fault), but at least she looks nice and, like Potter, does what she can with the material. I think she would have made a much better Lara Croft than Angelina Jolie. Reid literally looked like Croft in several scenes. The rest are unknowns in stock cardboard roles: the likeable, slightly-goofy spider expert, the scientist, his assistant, Potter's partners, and a handful of native helpers who all are there to serve one purpose: spider food. Surprisingly, the mechanical effects of the spider are pretty well done for such a film, though a few moments of CGI near the climax (and at the start of the film) are a little on the cheapo side. With a few more understandable actors, a quicker pace, and some tighter direction, ARACHNID might have been at least a mildly-enjoyable time waster perfect for a dull Saturday night. I admit that I have seen worse movies, but as it is, seeing it once was enough for me.

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