Eight Legged Freaks (2002) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

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  • Release Date:  2002
  • Genre:  Animals & Nature
  • Director:  Ellory Elkayem
  • Screenwriter:  Ellory Elkayem, Jesse Alexander, Randy Kornfield
  • Cast & Crew: David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scott Terra, Scarlett Johansson, Doug E. Doug, Rick Overton, Leon Rippy, Matt Czuchry, Jay Arlen Jones, Eileen Ryan, Riley Smith, Matt Holwick, Jane Edith Wilson, Jack Moore, Roy Gaintner

Eight Legged Freaks (2002) Rating:

  • Dylan = 6 / 10;
  • Eloise = 3 / 10;
  • Raoul = 3 / 10;
  • IMDB = 5.4 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 3.2 / 10

Eight Legged Freaks (2002) Synopsis:

Barrels of toxic chemicals causes the spiders from a small mining town to grow to gigantic proportions and hunt the inhabitants.

Eight Legged Freaks (2002) Review:

Let’s be clear, Eight Legged Freaks is not a serious movie but really a parody of bad monster movies (at least I really hope so). The question nevertheless remains the same: Is that movie fun to watch? Well for me it really wasn’t and it bored me to hell.

Even if it not always clear whether the movie does it on purpose, there is a large comedy aspect to it, and Eight Legged Freaks clearly aims at being fun rather than anything scary. The spiders are made out of horrible CGI effects to which Gremlins-like noises were superposed. In many way, Eight Legged Freaks is the ancestor of these Sharknado-like movies so popular nowadays.

So it could have been some good entertainment if the humor was any good, but to my taste it really wasn’t. It is also really predictable (as most creature movie) and way too much of a child movie too be any good. I could have handled a short movie out of this one, but 100 minutes was just too long.

Also, whereas good comedies will try and introduce fun and original characters, here we have the usual bunch of lame usual stereotypes that you can find in every creature movie: the hero who gets the girl at the end, the smart kid who saves everyone, the “fun” black guy.

The only impressive thing then is the panel of actors that the movie features: David Arquette (Scream, Ravenous), Kari Wuhrer (Anaconda, Thinner), Sanka from Cool Runnings and no one else than 17-years-old Scarlett Johansson (probably the best reason to watch that movie anyway)!

But in the end, that does save Eight Legged Freaks from being a really bad flick. Unfortunately, it is not bad enough to be “too bad that it is good” either.

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