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Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

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Venomous spiders get exposed to a noxious chemical that causes them to grow to monumental proportions.

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Ellory Elkayem

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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:

The biggest... nastiest... mutant spider movie of all time!!!! 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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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During the car ride to the mall, Harlan is convinced the spiders are aliens. Chris responds "They are spiders are from Mars." David Bowie came out with 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars' in 1972 and the spiders from Mars are referenced in the song 'Ziggy Stardust.' See more »

Goofs

When Chris sprays the perfume on the spider we hear him say, "Mike, you saved us!" but his mouth is not moving. See more »

Quotes

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

References Aliens (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Strangers in the Night
Written by Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder
Performed by Fantastic Strings
Courtesy of Laserlight Digital by Arrangement with Source/Q
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Just as dumb as it was supposed to be
20 May 2004 | by cyberia23See all my reviews

A movie designed to give you the feel of the cheesy drive-in horror films of the 50's, and director Ellory Elkayem pulls it off pretty well, although I probably would have enjoyed it better had they really made it cheesy. They should have spiders that were rubber puppets as fake as you could make them. However, these spiders are created with the latest and greatest in computer animation so their was no low-budget feel here.

For a movie made dumb on purpose, the plot was good enough... A scientist's collection of a bunch of rare and very deadly spiders gets irradiated by green glowing goo that falls off a chemical truck. They mutate and become gigantic monsters that go on a feeding frenzy through town, and it's up to a few courageous townspeople to improvise a plan and take them out. I believe their first victim was the scientist himself, so a nerdy kid obsessed with arachnids has to take charge in the plans to destroy the monsters before they get to the city.

A great film for DVD rental night (i'd never spend money to buy a copy) and I think the kids would really like it. Adults, might snooze, but if your into random scenes of humans being eaten by spiders you'll like it.


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