Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

Directed by Ellory Elkayem.  Written by Elkayem, Randy Kornfield and Jesse Alexander.  Starring David Arquette, Scarlett Johansson, Kari Wuhrer, Doug E. Doug, Matt Czuchry, Rick Overton, Leon Rippy, Eileen Ryan and Scott Terra.

Plot: venomous spiders are exposed to a chemical that causes them to grow monumentally.


Chris (Arquette) comes to town and refuses to sell his property to some big wigs.  And then the giant spiders show up.  Chris also has a history with the Sheriff (Wuhrer), who is now divorced and has no control over her children (Johansson and Terra).

This movie is a lot better than people think if you just go in accepting that it is what it is.  It’s hilarious, especially the Deputy played by Overton.  The specials are pretty fierce for a giant spider movie.  The science is impressive as well.  It has a good soundtrack, likable characters, a good script and a great cast.  It was a fun watch and it ends well.  The only really bad thing is that a lot of animals die, but you don’t see much at all.

My score: 65.  DJ’s score: 74.

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