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At Theaters: 7/17/2002 On Video: 10/29/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 39 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409940
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Storyline Heading
Given the opportunity and the right chemical enhancement, arachnids will grow to humongous size and wreak havoc upon humanity. And they're hungry.
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Sci-Fi - This very silly horror comedy may not appeal to true horror movie fans but it should hold a lot of appeal for teens and young adults. Despite all the humor, there are a number of intense scenes that will be scary for children. Older adults may find the film to be too silly.
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Cast and Crew Heading
David Arquette SEE SPOT RUN, READY TO RUMBLE, SCREAM 3
Kari Wuhrer ANACONDA
Scott Terra REDEMPTION OF THE GHOST
Doug E. Doug THAT DARN CAT
Scarlett Johansson GHOSTWORLD, THE HORSE WHISPERER
Director: Ellory Elkayem LARGER THAN LIFE
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Production Notes Heading
About The Origin
Assembling The Cast
About The Visual Effects
About The Location
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Two S-words; 22 others.
SEX/NUDITY: Some mild sex talk.
VIOLENCE: Giant bugs kill people and animals; people kill giant bugs.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent cigarette smoking.
ACTION: Lots of chases and action scenes with giant bugs.
COMEDY: Slapstick and wisecracks; nothing too-off color.
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Above Average

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Above Average "For the most part, Eight Legged Freaks gets things right. The movie offers plenty of scares and laughs... If you go expecting anything but a campy, cheesy romp, then you have wandered into the wrong theater. This movie is for those who like smart (often self-referential) humor and cheap thrills. ''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "Eight Legged Freaks is clever and funny, is amused by its special effects, and leaves you feeling like you've seen a movie instead of an endless trailer. It may be the movie that people were hoping for when they went to see Men in Black II."

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "Neither as scary-funny as Tremors nor demented-funny as Starship Troopers, the movie isn't tough to take as long as you've paid a matinee price.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "Silly, good-natured and thoroughly unpretentious, this giant-spider movie has nothing more on its mind than providing the kind of brainless thrills once delivered by pictures like TARANTULA (1955), EARTH VS. THE SPIDER (1958) and THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION (1975). That's aiming low, to be sure, but the movie hits the mark neatly.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 50 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
16
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
3
High
67%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
10
High
90%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
4
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
12
High
92%
30+Adults (F)
5
About 50/50
100%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We were only able to collect 50 moviegoer opinions. There just wasn't much interest in this movie, which is a shame because it's a very FUN MOVIE.

You can see from the number of female opinions, this isn't a movie drawing many ladies. But most of the ones that did come apparently enjoyed themselves since they gave some pretty high opinions.

I would say if you're looking for a little fun and some scares this is the perfect movie. But, as with any of these types of movies, you have to be willing to accept the goofy storyline and just enjoy the fun.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
This movie is a HOOT! Great Fun! Definitely a date movie (your girlfriend will be clinging to you big time:-). Its got humor and scares aplenty. I counted over fifteen major spider scenes.

It's a little slow getting started, but not too bad. The last hour is a fast paced spider fest. If this looks like your type of movie, GO SEE IT! You won't be disappointed.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The residents of a rural mining town discover that an unfortunate chemical spill has caused hundreds of little spiders to mutate into the size of SUVs.

And they're hungry.

When the alarm is sounded, it is up to mining engineer Chris McCormick (DAVID ARQUETTE) and Sheriff Sam Parker (KARI WUHRER) to mobilize an eclectic group of townspeople, including the Sheriff's young son, Mike (SCOTT TERRA), her daughter, Ashley (SCARLETT JOHANSSON), paranoid radio announcer Harlan Griffith (DOUG E. DOUG) and Deputy Pete Willis (RICK OVERTON) into battle against the bloodthirsty eight-legged beasts.

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