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Eight Legged Freaks (2002)


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 19

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


Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 102,331


Movie Info

The tradition of giant mutant spider movies continues with this thriller that recalls such previous entries in the atomic age genre as Tarantula (1955), Kingdom of the Spiders (1977), and Arachnophobia (1990). David Arquette stars as Chris McCormick, an engineer who returns home after ten years to the economically depressed mining town of Prosperity, AZ, a place so poor that the mayor is considering selling it to a company that will use the abandoned mines as a dumping ground for toxic waste. … More

PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Ellory Elkayem , Jesse Alexander
In Theaters:
Oct 29, 2002
Box Office:
Warner Bros. - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Eight Legged Freaks

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (69) | Rotten (74) | DVD (33)

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

Full Review… | July 23, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 22, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

This is a poster movie, a mediocre tribute to films like Them!

Full Review… | July 19, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 19, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

As green-guts monster movies go, it's a beaut.

Full Review… | July 19, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

What it lacks in scares, however, Eight Legged Freaks makes up for with gallons of gooey-green spider guts.

Full Review… | February 8, 2014

Straight-out scarefest.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

No Aracnhophobia but still good.

January 7, 2004

Click to read review

Full Review… | January 7, 2004

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

Full Review… | January 6, 2004
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.

Full Review… | March 19, 2003

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

Full Review… | February 26, 2003

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.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
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.

Full Review… | January 13, 2003
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.

Full Review… | October 11, 2002
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | October 3, 2002
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.

Full Review… | September 20, 2002
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.'

Full Review… | August 26, 2002
Entertainment Today

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

Full Review… | August 22, 2002

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.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


Far far too long. The cast of Eight Legged Freaks perform well but the film is neither funny or scary.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


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

Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

Had me absolutely petrified! A must see!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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