Product DescriptionEight Legged Freaks (DVD) (WS)
What do you get when you cross toxic waste with a bunch of exotic spiders? Eaten. As every fan of classic spine-tinglers knows, given the opportunity and the right chemical enhancement, arachnids will grow to humongous size and wreak havoc upon humanity. In "Eight Legged Freaks" the residents of a rural mining town discover that an unfortunate chemical spill has caused hundreds of little spiders to mutate overnight to the size of SUVs. And they're hungry! When the alarm is sounded, it is up to mining engineer Chris McCormack and Sheriff Sam (Samantha) Parker to mobilize an eclectic group of townspeople, including the Sheriff's young son, Mike, her daughter, Ashley and a paranoid radio announcer named Harlan to battle the bloodthirsty eight-legged beasts.]]>
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Top ReviewsFun family fare
by Liz in Indy (5 out of 5 stars)
July 14, 2017
No award worthy acting. A simple plot. It's like the horror movies in the category of the original Blob and THEM! (with the ants). Enough humorous moments. It's nothing to get worked up over, but it's a movie you can enjoy with friends and family and a huge bowl of popcorn (but check before putting any in your mouth!)
Nearly Flawless B Horror Flick
by R. Hawk (4 out of 5 stars)
September 2, 2014
There is really nothing wrong with this film unless you want to nitpick and consider facts like the reality that spiders are not social insects that swarm and attack en'masse... Or with the oft quoted scientific limitation of scaling bugs up to the size of Buicks not being something that would likely be a functional species in the real world...
Nevertheless, this movie is a good chance to see Scarlett Johansson in her early years. She plays a young teenager in the film but was actually 18 at the time it was produced. Its also a good chance to see Kari Wuhrer in her prime, as Scarlett's mother, who was 35 at the time of filming... Two of the best reasons to watch this film right there.
The special effects are also quite well done for a movie of this level. The spider menace does not dissapoint.
The plot is fairly thin, but it has some entertaining side tracks such as the ostrich farm business and the kids being chased by spiders through the desert, on their motor bikes...
All in all, worth watching on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
by AmazonAddict (4 out of 5 stars)
October 13, 2018
I decided to purchase this movie in digital format as it was on sale and appeared interesting. Despite the fact that I expected it to be a bit overly dramatic considering the title, I was not disappointed after watching the movie. It was certainly entertaining as well as a bit corny in places. It met my expectations.
It takes more than a rolled up newspaper to swat these freaks!
by Dash (4 out of 5 stars)
April 14, 2013
In the tradition of the "good old monster movies" of the 1950s and 1960s "Eight Legged Freaks" delivers the goods.
Fun, exciting, scary but not "bloody" or downright visceral like most contemporary "horror" films.
Granted, giant spiders snack on humans and the humans splatter a few giant spiders with well-placed shot gun blasts yet the film remains much more akin to the classic monster movie "Earth vs the Spider" of the 1950s than to any gore-fest modern audiences are so use to viewing.
If you enjoyed the classic "giant monster" movie "Tremors" with Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward, then "Eight Legged Freaks" is right up your alley.
Formulaic, but fun.....
by cookieman108 (4 out of 5 stars)
May 12, 2003
I was kind of disappointed in some reviewers in their opinion of this movie. My impression of the movie wasn't that it was supposed to be some big blockbuster, special effects extravaganza, but a homage to the great 'giant bug' movies from the 1950's. In that respect, I think the dircetor and actors did a pretty good job. Another reviewer commented that there wasn't enough gore. Again, if you go back and watch those classics, it wasn't about the gore, but trying to scare the bejesus out of somewhat naive movie viewers. I think the actors did a pretty good job, and I noticed the deleted scenes contained a fair amount of the character development scenes. I am asuuming these scenes were removed in order to make the movie move at a speedier pace, keep the action going. The story involves a town trying to deal with the invasion of giant spiders. The cause of the giant spiders in not atomic radiation, as was the cause for so many terrors back in the 50's, but the accidental release of toxic chemicals in a local water supply. I would have liked to seen this movie take a more serious approach, but I enjoyed the humor. The original movies always had a serious tone, but watching them now, they can seem unintentionally funny. I don't care for so much CGI work in movies, but if it's done well and not used to cover plot holes or lack of stories, then I will accept it. I thought the spiders were done quite well, and I got some genuine creeps out of watching them attack the townspeople. All in all, this was a fun movie that reminded me of those classics I love so much.
A very fun movie, much better than the cover art would make it seem...
by J. Berting (4 out of 5 stars)
April 24, 2013
Even if you're afraid of spiders this isn't a very scary movie, but it is a lot of fun to watch... My son described this as a horror movie that was written and directed by the staff of loony-tunes. Very silly and funny, with some pretty scary scenes thrown in, but overall I don't think this movie will give anyone nightmares. It pokes great fun at all of the classic horror-monster-movie tropes, but takes itself seriously enough that it's very watchable. Young kids might be overwhelmed by the large and very intimidating CG spiders, and there are quite a lot of human casualties during the story, although the movie itself is nearly bloodless because most of the violence happens off-screen. If you enjoy watching low budget 1950s scifi movies, then grab a bucket of popcorn, this movie is for you.
I'm glad that I'm not afraid of spiders, because this movie is GREAT!
by Robert C. Holly (5 out of 5 stars)
April 27, 2009
When I first saw this movie on DVD, I couldn't believe that it did poorly at the box office. That's because, in my opinion, it's a lot better than "Arachnophobia"! I like the cast members, especially David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Doug E. Doug & Scott Terra. I also like the city's name in which the movie is based: Prosperity. What's also neat is that various types of spiders, although most of 'em are CGI, which is also done perfectly, are used: Trapdoor spiders, jumping spiders, a tarantula, etc. Also, everybody in the crew that worked on this film, from producers and directors to composers and screenwriters, did a fantastic job. Regarding the spiders, I love the high-pitched noises that they make when they get hit or killed. There's also lots of funny scenes like when the jumping spiders go after the motocross racers. I also like the many bonus features, from the short film, "Larger Than Life", to the "Creepy, Crawly Giants" essay. The last thing that I love about the movie is it's title "Eight Legged Freaks", great name! So, I recommend this movie to anyone that isn't afraid of, and loves, spiders, or loves action-filled sci-fi/comedy movies because, believe me, it is TERRIFIC!
by R. J Rey (4 out of 5 stars)
November 8, 2002
The producers of the smash hit "Independence Day" bring the big bug films into the 21st century with the enjoyable Sci-fi feature "Eight Legged Freaks". In the quiet mining town of Prosperity, Arizona, a toxic spill mutates the arachnids of a local spider farm to gigantic proportions. Soon, the eight legged terrors break out of their cages and invade the town. Now, a mining enginneer (David Arquette) and the local sheriff (Kari Wuhrer) lead a group of eccentric townspeople against the giant spiders. "Eight Legged Freaks" is an amusing Sci-fi romp in tradition of such creature features like "Gremlins" and "Tremors". The campy storyline is predictable with obvious plot holes but it's the eye-popping visual effects and rousing humor that actually drives this comedy/horror tale. "Eight Legged Freaks" contains some effective thrills and decent action sequences. David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer and Scarlett Johansson are amusing in their roles. Doug E. Doug and Rick Overton deliver some fine comic moments.
Though the movie failed in theaters, Warner has definitely given "Eight Legged Freaks" a great DVD presentation. The 2002 creature feature is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen format. The DVD contains an excellent video transfer with bright detailed colors. The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is clear and quite enjoyable. The DVD features a fun audio commentary with filmmakers and cast members David Arquette and Rick Overton, the 13-minute "Larger than Life" short, original theatrical trailer, several deleted scenes and DVD-ROM extras. The animated menus are surprisingly clever and well done. Overall, "Eight Legged Freaks" earns a satisfying "B-".
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by Riley Cook (5 out of 5 stars)
October 31, 2019
I love this movie! It's funny and a bit scary and doesn't take itself seriously. The cast is incredible and the story line is very linear and ties up all the loose ends in an explosive finale.
by Don Robinson (5 out of 5 stars)
December 15, 2018
This is one of the best Sci-Fi movies I've ever seen. It reminds me of going to the movies as a child to see The Blob, The Tingler, Tarantula, Fiend Without a Face, It Came from Outer Space, and so many more. Besides the wonderful special effects, Eight Legged Freaks is totally entertaining!
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