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Big Ass Spider! (2013)

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A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.

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Mike Mendez

Writer:

Gregory Gieras
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Cast

Cast overview:
Greg Grunberg ... Alex Mathis
Lin Shaye ... Mrs. Jefferson
Ruben Pla ... Carl The Mortician
Alexis Kendra ... Nurse Lisa (as Alexis Peters)
Lombardo Boyar ... Jose Ramos
Bob Bledsoe ... Director Harris
Eben Kostbar Eben Kostbar ... Lead Technician
Ray Wise ... Major Braxton C. Tanner
Clare Kramer ... Lt. Karly Brant
Patrick Bauchau ... Dr. Lucas
Kerry O'Quinn Kerry O'Quinn ... Elderly Patient (as Kerry Hedick O'Quinn)
Adam Gierasch ... Homeless Man
Bobby C. King ... Lead Operative
James Mathis III ... Street Cop
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A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.

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10 stories high and very hungry.


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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2014 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Mega Spider See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The "Jogger", played as himself by legendary "B" producer Lloyd Kaufman (of Troma Films fame), was originally to be called "Handsome Jogger", but was renamed when Kaufman, who was visiting Los Angeles, agreed to a cameo in the film. See more »

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Greg Grunberg's character refers to the spider several times as "poisonous". The correct term is "venomous". Being an exterminator, he would know the difference. See more »

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Alex Mathis: Let's do it for the kids!
Jose Ramos: Let's do it for the kids...
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Part-way through the credits, the Major interrupts and asks the hero for help with a different major insect problem. See more »

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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Where Is My Mind?
Words and Music by Charles Thompson
© Songs of Universal, Inc.
On behalf of Rice and Beans Music (BMI)
Performed by Storm Large
Courtesy of Big Daddy Large Records
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Ironic as well a spectacular monster movie about a giant spider rampaging Los Angeles downtown
13 August 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A monster film plenty of impressive scenes , frenetic action and humor . A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampage the city of Los Angeles . When a massive military (commanded by Major Braxton : Ray Wise and Lt. Karly Brant : Clare Kramer) strike fails , it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed . Meanwhile , the bloodthirsty spider meet up local citizens and spontaneously catch them and begins to consume people . Later on , the gigantic spider over a skyscraper surrounded by planes shooting similarly to ¨King King¨ movie . The gigantesque spider rapidly multiplies and the protagonists confronting with them , being L. A. town devastated by the attacks . When Downtown Los Angeles , including City Hall , under attack , an eclectic bunch led by bug/pest exterminator Alex Mathis(starring "Heroes" alumni Greg Grunberg) along with a security agent called Jose Ramos (Lombardo Boyar) and Army Lieutenant (Clare Kramer) take on the evil spiders .

This monster/comedy film with medium budget packs thrills , some good action and funny moments . It's a hybrid of monster movies from the 50s such as 'Tarantula' and modern American production plenty of C.G.I. The thrilling screenplay is a bit yawn-inspiring but nifty special effects will keep you from dozing off , with nice creatures designers, created by means of Animatronics and computer visual effects . This is a suspenseful and amusing Sci-Fi/thriller/comedy especially at the amazing ending tableau when Greg Grunberg , Lombardo and Clare Kramer have to tackle the gigantic spider in the final . The picture was professionally directed by Mike Mendez (¨The killers¨, ¨The Conven," "Masters of Horror" ¨, ¨The Gravedancers¨) 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 . This Mike Mendez's newest film "Big Ass Spider!" for Epic Pictures premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and had a limited theatrical worldwide . 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 this Spider sub-genre are the followings : ¨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 , ¨Arachnophobia(1990)¨ by Frank Marshall with John Goodman , ¨Arachnid¨ (2000) by Jack Sholder with Chris Potter , Jose Sancho , Neus Asensi and ¨Eight Legged Freaks¨ (2002) by Ellory Elkayem with Scarlett Johansson , Kari Wuhrer , and David Arquette .


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