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Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Horror | 17 July 2002 (USA)
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Venomous spiders get exposed to a noxious chemical that causes them to grow to monumental proportions.

Director:

Ellory Elkayem

Writers:

Ellory Elkayem (story), Randy Kornfield (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Arquette ... Chris McCormick
Kari Wuhrer ... Sheriff Samantha Parker
Scott Terra ... Mike Parker
Scarlett Johansson ... Ashley Parker
Doug E. Doug ... Harlan Griffith
Rick Overton ... Deputy Pete Willis
Leon Rippy ... Wade
Matt Czuchry ... Bret
Jay Arlen Jones ... Leon
Eileen Ryan ... Gladys
Riley Smith ... Randy
Matt Holwick Matt Holwick ... Larry
Jane Edith Wilson Jane Edith Wilson ... Emma
Jack Moore Jack Moore ... Amos
Roy Gaintner Roy Gaintner ... Floyd
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Storyline

The residents of a rural mining town discover that an unfortunate chemical spill has caused hundreds of little spiders to mutate overnight to the size of SUVs. It's then up to mining engineer Chris McCormack and Sheriff Sam Parker to mobilize an eclectic group of townspeople, including the Sheriff's young son, Mike, her daughter, Ashley, and paranoid radio announcer Harlan, into battle against the bloodthirsty eight-legged beasts. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

Do you hate spiders? Do you really hate spiders? Well they don't like you either. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, brief sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arac Attack See more »

Filming Locations:

Tonopah, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,485,458, 21 July 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,322,606

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,867,333
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the beginning of the movie at the spider farm, when it shows the jumping spiders feeding, Joshua says, "They call it an Arac-Attack." This is a reference to the original title of the movie. See more »

Goofs

Both of the times that Mike's face is shown through his digital camera, the device is obviously in playback mode rather than in record mode. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harlan: Do you know fear?
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Connections

References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Diablo
Written by DJ Kta, Bobby Darwin, Steed Najera, Eddy Garcia, Haroun Serang, Dennis Morehouse
Performed by Triple Seven
Produced by Phil Nicolo
Courtesy of Spunout Records
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I'm Shocked This Turned Out So Good!
1 August 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The only way I gave this a look was that someone loaned it to me for free. I now own it! This looked like it would be a stupid movie, and it some scenes it certainly was, but it was so entertaining that I know I will watch this a number of times.

This is a 1950s-type sci-fi flick with modern-day special effects. In fact, if you liked "Them!" you'll get a big kick of out of this film. The difference is the much- better special-effects but some low-grade attitudes and some profanity. The characters are dumb but they were dumb in the '50s, too.

The story starts off a bit slow but once the overgrown spiders emerge, the film goes full bore and gets extremely entertaining. It's almost too much action. One needs a break! By the end, you're glad it's over. Thus, if they had chopped 5-10 minutes off this, it would have been much better. Nonetheless, it's a fun ride with some genuinely scary parts and some humor, too. Since "entertainment" is the name of the game, this gets 8 stars even though it's lower-grade material.

It flat-out entertains.


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