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Critic Reviews for Spiders
It's right in the middle ground as a mediocre missed opportunity with moderately respectable special effects.
It was directed by Tibor Takacs. Oh, you don't know him? Well then you didn't watch his earlier stab at cinema, Mansquito, which is the greatest TV movie of all time.
Only slightly better than a SyFy Channel monster movie, but you watch those too, I bet.
Doesn't have the budget, the talent, or the ingenuity to really explore the potential of the premise.
Spiders 3D is something that surely should have went directly to the Sy-fy channel, premiering some Saturday night at 9:00 after a marathon of insect features like Mansquito, Ice Spiders, Camel Spiders, Spiders...you get my drift.
Audience Reviews for Spiders
Spiders make for an interesting topic for a horror film. A lot of people have a phobia about these creepy crawlies and of course it makes for engaging horror films. There have been a few good spider films in the past, most notably Eight Legged Freaks and Arachnophobia. Both were awesome and highly entertaining, and gave viewers new reasons to be afraid of spiders. Now with this picture, aptly titled Spiders, there is an interesting idea behind the plot. A space station crashes into New York City and it releases genetically enhanced spiders that grow and terrorizes the city. Although not a great film by any means, this is still a pretty decent film that is provides some mindless entertainment value. This is an underrated film that isn't too bad if you're in the right mood to enjoy. Spiders has an interesting idea and it pays off for the most part. However there could have been some improvements, especially in the acting and visual effects, but what can you expect from a low budget B movie monster flick? I didn't expect much from this movie, in fact I expected to hate it, but Spiders is a much better movie than many other horror films that has been released this year. Don't take this one too seriously, and you may like it. The film does have its flaws, but it provides some fun entertainment that is a pleasant time waster. This is mostly a movie for B movie fans and those who enjoy monster flicks that are over the top. The film could have benefitted from a script rewrite and a few changes in the cast; nonetheless it's enjoyable for what it is. If you love creature feature horror themed picture, you're sure to like this one.
I originally had intention of seeing Warm Bodies in theaters but apparently the movie theater I went too didn't have that. Also seeing how every other movie had already begun I chose to see Spiders in 3D! I wasn't expecting much from something called Spiders nor anything high caliber that required me to wear 3D glasses, but I didn't get cheesy giant spider action that I paid for.
Spiders is about a Soviet satellite crashing in New York that just happened to carry an alien spider. This alien spider soon becomes the interest of an American military general who plans to use the queen to create an army of "super bullet proof spiders", but our main focus is on two bland divorce couple trying to save their daughter. The movie main problem is seeing a divorce couple running away from the government because of a poorly explained reason. The giant spiders are simply a subplot which does make you question why it was called Spiders. A more accurate titled would have been "Bland Divorce Couple Looking For Bland Daughter". The main characters are one dimensional and the suppose human villains are generic. This concept lacks creativity and takes itself too seriously. One noticeable issue about this movie is that it forces us to feel sad for characters we don't even learn anything about or are on screen for one scene. It also just ends without a resolution or hint about the divorce couple possibly getting back together. The humans in this monster flick are boring and uninteresting which hurts the movie drastically seeing how they take up 3.5/4 of screen time.
Now time to talk about the giant spiders which barely appear on screen. Considering this is a low budget monster flick that couldn't afford a single real spider and for some reason most of the rats are CG too, the special effects are cheesy at best. The giant spiders on screen appearances for the most part are underwhelming, but they get to wreck little havoc is when it becomes somewhat fun. The giants spiders do get to kill people, but that's rarely ever shown. Even the queen alien spider who's the size of a sky-crapper is lame on screen. The queen spider runs away from the soldiers rarely hitting her and for some reason doesn't think about eating them. Also the queen doesn't cause a whole lot of destruction as the Helicopter pilots do more harm than actual good. Even the climax is disappointing as a divorce father with no weapons takes out the queen and somehow that kills the other babies without explanation. Huh, kinda like The Avenger and the aliens, except a whole allot less enjoyment. The acting is below average; especially from Patrick Muldoon who takes the news of being divorce rather well and even seemed disinterest even when fighting a giant spider. Almost forgot the 3D which wasn't even used in a single scene. I honestly can't recall a single moment where 3D was actually in use in any conceivable way.
Spiders lacks spiders and instead is infested with boring humans. Low budget aside, the acting is poor, the effects are cheesy, takes itself too seriously, and the lack enjoyment of hardly seeing any giant spiders. Finally the absent of any 3D usage is simply a scammed for higher ticket prices.
Mutant spiders that withstand gunfire and have the growth rate of a water balloon on the end of a fire hose. If that doesn't make you shit your pants, I don't know what will. The film itself was fair, with some pretty good effects for its budget, but I was too busy trying not to soil myself to give it my undivided attention. Gah!
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