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Eight Legged Freaks (2002)



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

Movie Info

What do you get when you cross toxic waste with a bunch of exotic spiders? ... Eaten! ... 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's then up to mining engineer Chris McCormack and Sheriff Sam Parker to mobilize an eclectic group of townspeople, including the Sheriff's young son, Mike, her daughter, Ashley and paranoid radio announcer Harlan Griffith and Deputy Pete Willis into battle against the bloodthirsty eight-legged beasts.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi violence, brief sexuality and language)
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ellory Elkayem, Jesse Alexander
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 29, 2002
Box Office: $17.2M
Warner Bros. - Official Site


David Arquette
as Chris McCormack
Kari Wuhrer
as Sheriff Sam Parker
Scott Terra
as Mike Parker
Doug E. Doug
as Harlan Griffith
Scarlett Johansson
as Ashley Parker
Rick Overton
as Deputy Pete
Jack Moore
as Amos The Truck Drive...
Tom Noonan
as Joshua Taft
Randi Klein
as Waitress
Terey Summers
as Waitress
The Bruiser
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Eight Legged Freaks

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (34)

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

Full Review… | February 8, 2014
Georgia Straight

Straight-out scarefest.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

A fun, fantastic homage to the B movies of the golden age of horror cinema...

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

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Full Review… | January 7, 2004

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.

Alex roy

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

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