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Eight Legged Freaks (2002)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 143
Fresh: 69 | Rotten: 74

This homage to the B-movies of the '50s has a promising first half, but runs out of ideas in the second.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 19

This homage to the B-movies of the '50s has a promising first half, but runs out of ideas in the second.



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In this throwback monster movie from producer Dean Devlin (Independence Day, Godzilla), David Arquette plays the son of a deceased mine owner, returning home to the economically depressed hamlet of Prosperity, AZ, after a long absence. His arrival coincides with a toxic waste accident in the local water supply, the result of a barrel jostled loose from the back of a passing truck. Unfortunately, said water source abuts the region's least-popular attraction: an exotic spider farm. The farm's

Oct 29, 2002


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

July 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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[I]ts marginally amusing, but I'm giving it thumbs down.

July 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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This is a poster movie, a mediocre tribute to films like Them!

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's the filmmakers' post-camp comprehension of what made old-time B movies good-bad that makes Eight Legged Freaks a perfectly entertaining summer diversion.

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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As green-guts monster movies go, it's a beaut.

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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What it lacks in scares, however, Eight Legged Freaks makes up for with gallons of gooey-green spider guts.

February 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Straight-out scarefest.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An homage to the fifties features and a rather great one at that...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The best giant-spider movie I've seen in quite some time.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

No Aracnhophobia but still good.

January 7, 2004

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There's something distasteful about a supposed 'B-movie' made with the financial backing of a major Hollywood studio and production company.

January 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Fans of the Kevin Bacon action-comedy Tremors (1989) will feel right at home.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

If you want to enjoy a campy but fun B-movie, then go with a real B-film . . . Don't fall for mainstream Hollywood's pale big-budget imitation.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Isn't it worth paying into any film that features a talking parrot writing off The Sixth Sense with just a single line?

February 26, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

While the gigantic spider animation is not bad in this movie, just about everything else is absolutely awful, including the story, the dialogue, and especially the acting.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Fun comedy horror that recognizes its limitations and revels in its own absurdity, though too polite to be a classic in its genre.

January 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment
Radio Free Entertainment

Some of the movie succeeds; some of it falls flat. But you can't say it doesn't try to live up to the corny reputation of sci-fi in the mid-twentieth century.

October 23, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Eight Legged Freaks clearly wants to be a Gremlins for the 21st century, but never quite makes it due to lackluster character development and shaky pacing.

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Leave it to Hollywood to try to keep spinning gold from toxic waste.

October 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

It's actually kinda scary. Scary in a really, really dumb way, but scary!

October 1, 2002
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

After rolling out the trusty old 'radiocative barrel in the lake' routine, Eight Legged Freaks flips through the pages of the monster movie manual - written in the 50s by classics such as Them and Tarantula - and doesn't miss a trick.

September 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The enormo-spiders have exactly the right presence, but the movie fails in its hour of introduction; its townspeople are not funny, they're boring.

September 9, 2002

A ridiculous but enjoyably campy 'creature feature' that serves as the logical extension of goosey, B-movie matinee shenanigans in a world gone 'X-treme.'

August 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

It knows the cliches of B movies, but not the intentions.

August 22, 2002 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Eight Legged Freaks

This is an underrated monster flick that captures elements of old school 50's sci fi horror with a modern twist. I found this film to be very enjoyable and it was entertaining from start to finish. I found that the film was very well done, with great effects and enough comic relief to make this worthwhile viewing. I have had the opportunity to watch plenty of monster flicks from the 1950's, and this film captures the feel of the era. I find this film to be quite underrated and it doesn't deserve the flack it has received. If you want a silly, good time, then this is a terrific little chiller. The film has flaws, but it's very amusing, and it more than makes up for its imperfections. There are some good performances here, and the script is silly, funny and entertaining. Director Ellory Elkayem delivers a very good monster flick that if you're afraid of spiders, you probably shouldn't watch this. If you're in the mood for a fun little film, then this is the one to watch. I found it to be better than what most people have said about it, and there's a good plot here with enough visual flair to make it a memorable and fun viewing experience. There are plenty of things to enjoy here, and you can't take this one seriously. As far as I'm concerned, this is a fine little gem of a picture that captures the essence of 50's monster cinema and though it's nothing remarkable, it's nonetheless a fun flick for monster fans. There's a fine mix of comedy and thrills, and that's what makes Eight Legged Freaks a necessary viewing. One of the best monster flicks dealing with Spiders since Arachnophobia. Watch this film with an open mind, and you're to have a blast. This is a better film that what it initially gets credit for.
September 28, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Far far too long. The cast of Eight Legged Freaks perform well but the film is neither funny or scary.
November 8, 2011
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Directors Cat

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Even though I was sleeping through most of the second half I have to say...It wasn't a bad movie. Just some lame ass effects
September 18, 2011
Martin Sahlin

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Had me absolutely petrified! A must see!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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