Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

In the early stages Eight Legged Freaks is exactly what you expect and want, as an uncredited Tom Noonan breeds various ugly spiders and local businessmen cause them to grow huge and cover up the plot.

The initial CGI effects are also very good, but eventually the effects take over the movie and you have that rarity, a creepy-crawly movie that’s not creepy at all. It’s never static and is technically well-made, and there are a lot of genre in-jokes, but compared to say, Tremors, the script is flabby and the monsters lack menace. And David Arquette tries hard but the movie requires a real actor to hold it together.

Mild Peril Rating: ★★★☆☆

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