Spiders (2000)




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What has eight legs, a big appetite, and brings terror to a desert community in this sci-fi thriller? A group of astronauts are performing scientific experiments with a spider aboard a space shuttle when the craft is struck by a solar flare. This brings about an unexpected reaction in the spider -- the bug begins to grow, and it attacks and kills the crew on board. Marci (Lana Parrilla) is a student journalist with a more-than-academic interest in conspiracy theories and UFOs; she's digging around in the desert looking for evidence of alien aircraft landings when the shuttle crashes to Earth -- and a monstrous spider crawls out. Marci and her friends try to convince the citizens of the nearby town that they're in grave danger, but given Marci's habit of reporting strange stories of dubious credibility, most people are loath to believe her until it's too late. Spiders also stars Josh Greene, and Oliver Macready.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Lana Parrilla
as Marci Eyre
Josh Green
as John Murphy
Simone Levin
as Loretta
H. Murphy
as Phil
Billy Maddox
as Colonel Dixon
Mark Totty
as Hooper
K.M. McIntrye
as Receptionist
Timothy Dipri
as Flight Coordinator
Denise Lerette
as News Anchor
David Ott
as Phillips
David Carpenter
as Technician
Andrew Stoddard
as Doctor Ellis
Corey Klemow
as Joe Martindale
Franklin Murgia
as Hooper as Elephant Man
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Critic Reviews for Spiders

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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February 28, 2003
New York Post
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October 14, 2002
AV Club
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Full Review… | March 15, 2012
Slant Magazine

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Full Review… | November 7, 2007
Sci-Fi Movie Page

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October 7, 2005

Audience Reviews for Spiders

Spiders (Gary Jones, 2000) [originally posted 4Apr2001] Gary Jones, the man who gave us the inimitably bad Mosquitoes and various episodes of Hercules and Xena, is back with yet another movie about big bugs with bad special effects. My local vidshack had this as a two-day rental, something usually reserved for popular films (to keep them on the shelves, natch), which led me to the illusion that it might actually be a worthwhile movie. More fool me. Once I figured out that it was typical Grade-Z shlock, I wanted to like it. Really. Some of Hollywood's best films of the 80s are on this scale of badness (Night of the Creeps comes to mind, and the wonderfully silly Troll). Problem is, those movies had something that transcended the stupidity. Maybe they just didn't take themselves seriously-a flaw this film has in spades. It is, however, the first leading role for up-and-coming actress Lana Parrilla (who also popped up in a much more minor way in last year's cult hit Very Mean Men), who, if there is any justice in this world, will be a supermodel soon. Her performance-at least until the obligatory love story crops up towards the end of the film-is the only thing that makes this halfway watchable. Had they spent a few more million on special effects and gotten a better supporting cast, it might have been watchable all the way round; of course, it wouldn't have been a Gary Jones joint, either. *

Robert Beveridge
Robert Beveridge

Despite the low critical reception, I still enjoyed this film, I've watched it quite a few times. The story was fast paced, with realistic special effects and distinctive characters. The cocoons scared me so much as a child. The roaming of the gigantic spider was a bit kitsch and campy, but overall, it's not a bad sci-fi action film.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

This is one of those highly low-budget films that are so bad that they are good. The plot is mediocre, some of the special effects are laughable and the dialogue is extremelly cheesy. Recommended for those who like to sit down and watch this movie for the pure sake of having a laugh.

Matthew Ashworth
Matthew Ashworth

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