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Lavalantula (2015)

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Volcanic eruptions in Los Angeles unleash a swarm of gigantic, lava-breathing tarantulas.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Guttenberg ... Colton West
Nia Peeples ... Olivia West
Patrick Renna ... Chris
Carlos Bernard ... Interrogator
Michael Winslow ... Marty
Marion Ramsey ... Teddie
Leslie Easterbrook ... Doris
Ralph Garman ... Pirate Jack
Danny Woodburn ... Arni
Noah Hunt Noah Hunt ... Wyatt West
Diana Hopper ... Jordan
Time Winters ... Dr. Eric Von Struble
Ian Ziering ... Fin Shepard
Leigh Whannell ... Director
Zac Goodspeed Zac Goodspeed ... Travis


With the old days of glamour long forgotten, Colton West, the once popular movie star and action hero from the 90s, is now reduced to acting in low-budget movies about horrific bugs. But when suddenly, a swarm of earthquakes hits Southern California, a string of unprecedented events, chaos and lava will give birth to a new breed of lava-breathing arachnids, forcing Colton to find his family before it's too late. Once more, this intrepid man of action will have to do what he knows best, armed only with a shotgun and the will to survive. However, what can a single man do against an endless army of monstrous Lavalantula's? Written by Nick Riganas

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Fire Burns... Lava Bites!


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Release Date:

25 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Лавалантула See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Cinetel Films,Syfy See more »
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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Did You Know?


During one of the eruptions on the street, a large globe falls from a building. A man dressed like Indiana Jones is seen running from the globe before being run over. An homage to Steven Spielberg. See more »


When the truck stops and the soldiers are leaving, one soldier gives Olivia a fire blanket. He then proceeds to give another passenger what appears to be a standard furniture pad. See more »


Doris: You okay?
Olivia West: I don't know. Colton was just here, and he was ranting about some kind of a disaster, and it actually shook me up a little.
Doris: Earthquakes, fires, rolling blackouts, mudslides, the Governator. We're Californians. We've been through worse.
Olivia West: Yeah, I guess.
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THIS is how a SyFy movie should be done!
30 March 2016 | by Seth_Rogue_OneSee all my reviews

I have no idea what other reviewers are complaining about, have they not seen a SyFy movie before? Did they expect a new 'INDEPENDENCE DAY' or what? This is a TV movie okay, you can't expect 100 million dollar special effects in a TV movie by SyFy.

So yes the effects are not that great BUT that's a big part of the charm with these kind of movies, and it's most definitely one of SyFy's better efforts, cheesy good fun.

For Police Academy fans it's a extra special treat because the lead is none other than Steve 'Mahoney' Guttenberg and not only that there are smaller roles by 3 other Police Academy actors: Marion 'Hooks' Ramsey, Leslie 'Callahan' Easterbrook and Michael 'Larvell Jones' Winslow.

And there are also multiple Police Academy references which observant fans will get and of course Michael Winslow gets to make a lot of funny noises which is his trade.

And co-starring with Steve as his wife is Nia Peeples who was 53 when the movie was filmed but looks more stunning than most actresses half her age.

So yeah, if you like these sorts of 'so bad it's good' movies plus the Police Academy films then I don't see how you could not enjoy this movie if just a little.

The rating I gave it might seem a little high, and perhaps it is BUT really come on people when it comes to SyFy TV movies this is about as good as it gets.

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