Director: Ellory Elkayem
Here's a title that's so plainly hideous. With a name like Eight Legged Freaks, a film can hardly inspire you to go scurrying to an expensive multiplex near you. On second thoughts, perhaps, it's not so off the mark. What can you do if the movie IS about bizarre, giant spiders? An accidental toxic chemical spill causes hundreds of little spiders to mutate into humungous arachnids. It's left to a mining engineer (Arquette) and the sheriff (Wuhrer) to oust the ogres from their Arizona town.
Eight Legged Freaks is entirely faithful to its genre—that of the unpretentious, clunky monster movies. The plot is predictable, the characters are never fleshed out. There's no call for great histrionics nor any star faces. In fact, the star of the show is the sfx that helps simulate the fantastic creatures and create a sense of fear, "a fear that...