Eight Legged Freaks

Eight Legged Freaks
Eight Legged Freaks
  • PG-13
  • 1h 39m
  • 2002
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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.
© 2002 Village Roadshow Films (BVI) LTD. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: This homage to the B-movies of the '50s has a promising first half, but runs out of ideas in the second.
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Robert Denerstein

June 17, 2017
Village Voice
Dennis Lim

Despite nifty F/X, first-time director Ellory Elkayem's staging is altogether devoid of variation.

June 17, 2017
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper

[I]ts marginally amusing, but I'm giving it thumbs down.

June 17, 2017
L.A. Weekly
Hazel-Dawn Dumpert

It's the filmmakers' post-camp comprehension of what made old-time B movies good-bad that makes Ei...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Straight-out scarefest.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that despite the smart-alecky title, this movie is not a comedy. It's a straight-out scarefest, and right up to the farthest edges of the PG-13 rating, with very explicit and gross violence and a lot of jump-out-at-you surprises. Characters are killed and eaten. In addition, a character chain-smokes, and there's some alcohol and some strong language. There's a reference to a teen pregnancy and to adultery. A teen girl is extremely clear about not being ready to have sex, despite pressure from a boy she likes very much, but parents may be concerned about her use of a stun gun to make her point. The female characters are tough and brave. One of the main characters is black, and although he's portrayed as a little paranoid and crazy, he's also brave and loyal.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Horror
  • Release Date:July 17, 2002
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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