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Spiders (2000)

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A DNA experiment on a rare breed of spider is taking place on a NASA space shuttle, when a freak meteor shower engulfs the shuttle, causing everything to go horribly wrong. One survivor is ... See full summary »

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Gary Jones

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Boaz Davidson (story), Stephen David Brooks (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lana Parrilla ... Marci Eyre
Josh Green Josh Green ... John Murphy
Oliver Macready ... Slick
Nick Swarts Nick Swarts ... Jake
Mark Phelan ... Agent Gray
David Carpenter David Carpenter ... Technician
Leslie Zemeckis ... Emma (as Leslie Carter)
Mark Totty Mark Totty ... Commander Hooper
Andrew Stoddard Andrew Stoddard ... Doctor Ellis
Jonathan Breck ... Jacobs
Steven Sullivan Steven Sullivan ... Max
Corey Klemow Corey Klemow ... Joe Martindale
Simona Williams ... Loretta Martindale
H. Murphy H. Murphy ... Phil
Billy Maddox ... Colonel Dixon
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Storyline

A DNA experiment on a rare breed of spider is taking place on a NASA space shuttle, when a freak meteor shower engulfs the shuttle, causing everything to go horribly wrong. One survivor is found on the ship and watched over in a secret location deep in the California desert. The problem continues, as the survivor isn't alone, as another deadly spiders climbs out of him and goes on a rampage around the ship. Curious reporter Marci Eyre must now survive, escape and warn everyone before the spider reaches outside the desert. Written by simon

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Something very hungry's about to hatch! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 2000 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Cobwebs See more »

Filming Locations:

Camarillo, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Look for a quick flash of the date of the John F. Kennedy assassination on one of the underground storage tanks. See more »

Goofs

When Marcie and slick fall down onto the spider's web in the elevator shaft, their bodies cross each other, but in the next shot, the are on top of each other. See more »

Quotes

Jake: This is creepy... like a bad science fiction movie.
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Connections

References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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ONCE CALL AWAY
Written and Performed by David Swirsky
Published by Babycat Music (BMI) and DeMartini Music (BMI)
(c) 2008
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Decent fun with clever references to genre clichés.

I think most people who have commented on this movie have watched it with the wrong attitude. Get real; What do you expect from a flick blatantly named "Spiders", apparently featuring some generic monstrous arachnid creatures wreaking havoc on people? Unless you're an easily amused teenager with poor judgment, you instinctively steer clear from these kinds of pictures when looking for chills and thrills. There are quality films that offer just that.

I thought I was about to watch a really bad movie, with unintentionally comedic elements and worthless cast, storyline and directing. I was wrong. This movie quickly reveals it's true nature for the perceptive. Taking for granted that the movie was "bad" on purpose, I could actually appreciate the cheesy dialog and all the self-irony that it displays. The characters make illogical decisions, use stupid reasoning and don't try to take themselves seriously. The way in which the plot unfolds and how the main characters figure it out is an obvious parody of the genre, and there are so many details which contribute to that feeling in the dialog and some of the scenes; a guy holding the spider's teeth like bull's horns, making DNA-enhanced mutant spiders from hell seem like a an ordinary casual case of lively struggle, quotes like "This is so creepy. Its like a bad sci-fi movie." and "I mean what the hell is this place?" -"I don't care what this place is, what the f-ck are *we* doing here?" etc. made me at least chuckle at times, because they often raise valid points regarding the absurd setting of the film, and do it with subtlety.

The CGI was decent at times, yet laughable in some parts (especially when the spider was running around walls etc). The spider looks gory enough in close shots. The physical webs are composed of thin rope and you can see the knots tying together the intersections, which to me was a funny detail (c'mon, they could have easily avoided that, would they had cared for realism).

The pacing is fine; There is enough action to keep the viewer at least semi-entertained, assuming they can appreciate other aspects of the film also (I'm not a big fan of "irrational abominable creature vs. bunch of dumb people" films).

All in all, this is definitely not a serious movie, so you should not watch it as one. If you are in a humourless mood looking for some horror, then this movie will probably only make you angry. As a compensation for all the bad ratings this movie has received on IMDb, I have to give it 8/10. I'd dare to say it is more self-aware and intelligent than most people realize.


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