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Arachnid (2001)

After a man who lived on an island is wounded. A bunch of dudes, and some chick investigate what could have done that.


Jack Sholder


Mark Sevi (screenplay)
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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 ... Toe Boy (as Robert Gabriel Vicencio)
Héctor Chiquín Héctor Chiquín ... Native 1
Conejo Wilson Conejo Wilson ... Native 2
Fausto Gualsaqui Fausto Gualsaqui ... Native 3


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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Ha venido de otro mundo... Para quedarse. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


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 »


Lousy editing when the acid burns through dude's sunhat. See more »


Featured in The Kovak Box (2006) See more »

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Giant Spider Island
30 April 2011 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Expedition to a remote island find themselves stranded after a plane crash, and at the mercy of an army of voracious, giant spiders. Pilot (Alex Reid) has taken the job to search for her missing brother, whose naval jet was last reported in the vicinity of the island, while mercenary (Chris Potter) and his crew (Bear and Lightfoot) tries to remain professional in spite of the chaos.

Quirky spider specialist (Isyanov) causes endless grief, as he disappears at every given opportunity, searching for specimens with which to experiment; his final experiment finds him cocooned in a tightly woven spider-web. Thereafter the film is a roller-coaster, and it's mostly downhill, very quickly. Survivors take refuge in a dilapidated WWII shelter while the giant spiders terrorise them like demons on stilts, something akin to "War of the Worlds". Naturally, Reid discovers the fate of her naval pilot brother, and while the couple reunite with the indestructible Bear (Allen), their survival remains tenuous.

Horrid special effects and tense action sequences provides the glue that binds this formula picture together. Some light wit and a relaxed performance by Potter offer glimmers of hope, and the film is nothing if at least watchable, although the awkward English translation (most of the characters are obviously of Latin origin, so why pretend to be North Americans?) and absence of any 'name' actors (Potter is by no means a household name) might distance the average viewer.

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Release Date:

29 June 2001 (Spain) See more »

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Arachnid See more »

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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »


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$570,000 (estimated)
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