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Arachnid (2001)

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. A group of men and women fly to the island he lived on to... See full summary »

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Jack Sholder

Writer:

Mark Sevi (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chris Potter ... Lev Valentine
Alex Reid ... Loren Mercer
José Sancho ... Dr. Samuel Leon
Neus Asensi ... Susana
Ravil Isyanov ... Henry Capri
Luis Lorenzo Crespo Luis Lorenzo Crespo ... Reyes (as Luis Lorenzo)
Rocqueford Allen Rocqueford Allen ... Bear
Jesús Cabrero Jesús Cabrero ... Lightfoot
Robert Vicencio Robert Vicencio ... Toe Boy (as Robert Gabriel Vicencio)
Héctor Chiquín Héctor Chiquín ... Native 1
Conejo Wilson Conejo Wilson ... Native 2
Fausto Gualsaqui Fausto Gualsaqui ... Native 3
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Storyline

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. A group of men and women fly to the island he lived on to investigate the situation. Due to technical problems, their small plane crashes and they are stranded on the island. After some time, they come to find the man's village is empty and that strange new breeds of killer arachnids have appeared all about the forest. Written by Joe Shaffer <liverboyjoe179@cs.com>

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Plot Keywords:

wound | island | guam | monster | pilot | See All (64) »

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It's coming from another world... TO STAY! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

29 June 2001 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

8 Legs See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$570,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,123,335, 10 August 2002
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Jack Sholder has said this about the film: "I basically did it for the money and it was a stupid script. I got to live in Barcelona for six months and, you know, they paid me well. Everything was good except I had to go to work everyday and shoot a dumb script. I haven't seen that one since, you know, I made it. And some people say 'Oh well, it's actually better than you think', but I basically tell people to avoid that one." See more »

Goofs

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 »

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It's a monster movie' s homage with a gigantic spider on a tropical island
7 October 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A plane driven by a pilot(Alex Reid) and transporting ex-marines(Chris Potter, Luis Lorenzo), a scientist(Ravil Isyanov) and doctors(Jose Sancho, Neus Asensi) crashes on a tropical island that contains a lethal carnivorous alien spider. The mission of the medics to find a formula to heal ills and the pilot to look for her brother disappeared when his jet was downed. They're accidentally lost and the eight-legged spider causes wreak havoc terrorizing and destroying the crew . Lethal alien spider meets up local natives and crew and spontaneously catch them and begins to consume people. The spider rapidly multiplies and the protagonists confronting with it .

This chiller with middling budget packs thrills, chills, some good action and few funny moments. It's a hybrid of monster movies from the 50s such as 'Tarantula' and modern American production such as 'Depredator'. The thrilling screenplay is a bit yawn-inspiring but nifty special effects will keep you from dozing off, its author is Steve Johnson, he's a nice creature effects designer, a perfect craftsman who made effects in 'Spiderman II' , 'Species II' , ' Blade II' , and ' War of worlds ' , among others. On the whole this is a suspenseful and tense thriller especially at the amazing ending tableau when Chris Potter and Alex Reid have to tackle the gigantic spider at the lair in the final. The tale is well produced by Brian Yuzna and Julio Fernandez, owners of Fantastic Factory productions, a successful terror movies company. The motion picture is professionally directed by Jack Sholder with rather too much camera movement and there are also lots of low-angle shots of people hanging around waiting to get bitten by the carnivorous spider. Although nothing which haven't been seen before, this is not the picture to watch if you are scared of spiders , however the movie is quite entertaining. Utterly arachnophobia people must flee this film.

Other movies about those bugs are the following : ¨Tarantula(1955)¨ by Jack Arnold with John Agar; ¨Tarantula: the deadly cargo(1977)¨ with Claude Akins; ¨Kingdom of spiders(77)¨ by John Budd Cardos with William Shatner and ¨Arachnophobia(1990)¨ by Frank Marshall with John Goodman.


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