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A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampage the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.



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Cast overview:
Alex Mathis
Carl The Mortician
Nurse Lisa (as Alexis Peters)
Jose Ramos
Bob Bledsoe ...
Director Harris
Eben Kostbar ...
Lead Technician
Major Braxton C. Tanner
Lt. Karly Brant
Dr. Lucas
Elderly Patient (as Kerry Hedick O'Quinn)
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A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampage the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.

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10 stories high and very hungry.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2014 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Big Ass Spider!  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The exterminating company that the lead character works for is an actual pest control company in California. They even use the company's phone number also. See more »


When Alex and Jose are leaving the Hospital and Jose is opening the opaque glass door, the lighting equipment is visible. You can see a tripod behind the door. See more »


Alex Mathis: Let's do it for the kids!
Jose Ramos: Let's do it for the kids...
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Crazy Credits

Part-way through the credits, the Major interrupts and asks the hero for help with a different major insect problem. See more »


References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »


Spider Web
Written and Published by Rinat Arinos and Daniel Brecher (ASCAP)
Performed by Rinat Arinos (as Curious)
Courtesy of Pink Shark Music
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User Reviews

Not a great movie but undeniably a lot of fun
16 August 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Big Ass Spider/Mega Spider could have gone either way. It could have been cheap, terribly written and acted and amateurish or it could have been entertaining and likable with a sense that it knows what it wants to be and who it's aimed at. Thankfully while it does have a fair share of flaws Big Ass Spider/Mega Spider belongs in the latter category. The locations are splendidly colourful and atmospheric and the movie is well shot and reasonably edited as well as efficiently and confidently directed. The spider however is a little inconsistent, never terrible but never exceptional at the same time, at points it's menacing and well-designed and at other points it's rather goofy-looking and over-proportioned for an intentionally huge spider. It does at least have a personality and is well used. The music has the right amount of groove and eeriness without feeling out of place and the movie is better than expected in terms of writing. A lot of the supporting cast have very little to do but the writing for Alex and Jose is brilliant, from the hilarious snappy banter to the endearing tongue-in-cheek humour, if there was a choice who fared a little better than the other it would be Jose. The story admittedly does next to nothing new with the concept it has and it is very stretched out in places but it avoids being too campy and it takes an earnest approach without taking it too seriously, considering the concept that is difficult to pull off and the movie makes a decent crack at it. It's never scary but there are some inventive and suspenseful attacks that stops Big Ass Spider/Mega Spider from being too much of one tone, and as acknowledged early on in the review the movie does know who its audience is and what tone it's trying to take, never trying to take on too many ideas or be too simplistic. The characters are a mixed bag, Alex and Jose carry the movie wonderfully and are likable but a lot of the rest of the characters are one-dimensional and annoying. Likewise with the cast, with the best being the likable if goofy Greg Grunberg and the often hysterical Lombardo Boyer. Lin Shaye is amusing if occasionally wooden and Ray Wise is also good. Clare Kramer is laughably bad however with her change from cold to damsel far too sudden while the rest of the cast do nothing with their already thinly-sketched characters and that's including the underused Patrick Bauchau. The ending takes ridiculous to a whole new level as well. In conclusion, not great but still a lot of fun. Oh and the intro is wonderful. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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