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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Itsy Bitsy Spider!
I love this type of 'big bugs' movie and now that i have seen this film, i am actually very suprised at why it did so poorly at the box office, and why the critics slated it so much. Ok its not the best movie you will every watch, but its still an entertaining film to watch if you want to pass away a few hours.
The plot is quite simple; a truck driver skids on a road...
Published on 11 Jun 2004 by no1filmaddict

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3.0 out of 5 stars Freaking great
There's a huge slice of fun to be had here as Arquette's bungling hero blasts his way around and Wuhrer shares centre stage as the dependable small town cop. The effects are above par, there's plenty of energy and the acting is spot on for this type of feature. If Tremors, Slither or Evolution hit the spot for you, then you'll be right at home with ELF. When an Arizona...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Itsy Bitsy Spider!, 11 Jun 2004
This review is from: Eight Legged Freaks [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
I love this type of 'big bugs' movie and now that i have seen this film, i am actually very suprised at why it did so poorly at the box office, and why the critics slated it so much. Ok its not the best movie you will every watch, but its still an entertaining film to watch if you want to pass away a few hours.
The plot is quite simple; a truck driver skids on a road and accidently releases one of his barrels of toxic chemicals into a nearby lake. Unfortunately there happens to be an exotic spider farm very nearby and when they all escape and somehow ingest these chemicals, they turn into huge killer spiders who are extreamly hungry.
As they go on a ramage into the small town killing everyone in sight, the fate of the people rests in the hands of sexy police sherif and Chris Macormic who has returned to stop the nasty mayor from selling his fathers mine. They make a radio broadcast to the town telling everyone to meet at the Prosperity Mall (i don't know how they got the money to build it in a small town in Arizona) which will offer much more protection. Still the spiders manage to penetrate the steel doors and the concrete walls of the mall, and so the people are forced to flee down into the minds, where they stumble accross the spiders nest and the female, which is three times as big as the others.
I'm not really sure what you would call this film; its not scary enough to be a horror, not funny enough to be a spoof or comedy, but theres a really nice mix of all three along with plenty of use of CGI, which although is overall quite good, it is really obvious and the film never feels totally real.
Overall though a good film which although was not received very well by the public or the critics is still very entertaining and is one of those films which doesn't require you to think about the story too much. You just watch the film, enjoy it, and go home more scared of spiders than you went in. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPIDERS!!!! (IN FUNNY AND BETTER VERSION), 17 Mar 2007
This review is from: Eight Legged Freaks [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Funniest film I've ever seen!

great effects and acting!

a strong and extremly gory + funny

storyline!

Fantastic ending!

A start of something cool!

SPiders growing big and

sucking the blood

out of people!!

Who would hate that????

Buy it now for:

for entertainment and to laugh

your butt off!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arach Attack!, 30 Aug 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Eight Legged Freaks [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Spiders escape from a spider farm in Prosperity, Arizona, and become giant man eating beasts on account of toxic waste carelessly dumped in a near by river. Can the odd ball inhabitants of this Arizona town escape with their lives? Or will spiders rule the earth and lay waste to man kind?

Eight Legged Freaks is unashamedly homaging B movie creature features from the 1950s. The likes of Tarantula and Them! have their Pedipalps well and truly watered, in what is possibly the most undervalued of all the modern day creature feature homages. Having no pretensions what so ever, the only real thing not in "Freaks" favour is the usage of CGI, but even that doesn't hurt the film, if anything it adds to the obvious preposterous nature of the genre. I mean how else are we to get 20 foot jumping spiders chowing down on some annoying teenager?

Perhaps "Freaks" is viewed harsh because it's cast is relatively C list? Aain that is a genre staple, surely? For what it's worth I think they do real fine, David Arquette has oodles of goofy charisma, Kari Wuher makes a fine female ass kicker, and the kids {one a young Scarlett Johansen} are really rather cool. Director Ellory Elkayem, who after doing They Nest in 2000 clearly has bug issues, adheres to genre staples. Kooky western town out in the desert, the inhabitants of which range from near loonies to dopey politician's, and the plot follows the traditional sense of impending doom played for laughs. Listen out for the score from John Ottman, which plays on variants of "Itsy Bitsy Spider", whilst cast a keen eye on John S. Bartley's Arizona camera work.

Whilst not having the savvy scripting of homage daddy, Tremors, or the star appeal of 1990's Arachnophobia, Eight Legged Freaks deserves its place amongst such fun and creepy company. As the tag line says, "Do you hate spiders? Do you really hate spiders? Well they don't like you either". With that, I think it's web well and truly spun, don't you ? 7/10
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Popcorn horror at its best. These spiders are _monsters_!, 19 Feb 2003
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A. J. Kirke "alexis kirke" (Plymouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Eight Legged Freaks [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
There is a difference between a clichéd movie, and a badly made movie. Originality will not carry a weakly-plotted, badly-paced piece. However a well-directed well-scripted movie with great special effects can be forgiven any number of clichés. And "Eight Legged Freaks" is _totally_ forgiven.
The title prepares you for the humorous and clichéd nature of the movie. What I wasn't prepared for was just how brutal these spiders would get. Yuck! I hate spiders. This movie really appealed to my fears, and the computer-generated spiders had a horrible beauty. It was great to sit in the safety of my seat, eating and watching spiders of all shapes and sizes (including a huge huge huge tarantula) take on the small American town, and eat along with me.
The whole thing starts with a spider-collector and some chemical spillage, and it ends up in a minor apocalyptic chaos, with some of the most horrible spider-kills-human scenes I've ever seen. I particularly like (hate) the jumping spiders, and the spiders that inject people and digest them from the inside. Yum!
Look, don't get this DVD on expecting original ideas, or something intellectually challenging. It's not ground-breaking Sci-Fi or Horror. But boy, does it do the job it sets out to do! The tension, horror, humour, and the underlying plot of the sneaky mayor, and heroic-boy-made-good-who-returns-to-town-to-claim-his-rightful-place, (and of course lots and lots of nasty large spiders), is all that is needed to provide a great evening's entertainment. Do not hesitate to rent this DVD, and if you are a comedy horror fan, or you really really hate spiders, you might even want to buy it! Alexis Kirke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Freaking great, 16 July 2013
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Mr. S. Storey "eats beans" (not at work) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Eight Legged Freaks [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
There's a huge slice of fun to be had here as Arquette's bungling hero blasts his way around and Wuhrer shares centre stage as the dependable small town cop. The effects are above par, there's plenty of energy and the acting is spot on for this type of feature. If Tremors, Slither or Evolution hit the spot for you, then you'll be right at home with ELF. When an Arizona town is besieged by massive spiders contaminated by toxic waste it's upto the sheriff and a mining engineer to mobilise the townsfolk and do battle with the army of arachnids. It provides hokey b-movie madness on an A movie budget and it's a shame for the likes of Wuhrer that it wasn't a bigger hit.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Riot!!!!.... Literally!, 17 Feb 2003
This review is from: Eight Legged Freaks [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
I got this film, with the thought 'Here we go, another Arachnaphobia' But to be honest, it isn't! What we have here is an honest to goodness, laugh a minute, thrill a minute, jump out yer seat a minute film! The film has been made to be taken with a pinch of salt, and that is what makes it so enjoyable.
There are scenes which will make you cringe, and maybe hide behind the cushion, but there are also scenes which will make you weak with laughter. If you want to see a film that is enjoyable to watch, then you wouldn't go far wrong with this, and if you're like me, and have a nervous disposition of any spider that is bigger than a one pence piece, then, like me, you'll be looking over yer shoulder once the film is over.
All in all, well worth it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars yikes! giant squeeking spiders!, 18 Feb 2003
This review is from: Eight Legged Freaks [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
The title of this film really does sum up the finished article, as its a comedy based on all those old 50's and 60's b-movie horror flicks. Ive never been a fan of Ellory Elkayams work, nearly all of his previous movies have been bad (anyone remember the awful Godzilla). So whats the story, well here it is in a nutshell ... chemical truck crashes and sheds its load over a small lake, spiders get infected, grow to huge monsters, go on the rampage and terrorise the locals.
This is one of those films where you can leave your brain at home as its basically designed as a fun movie to past a couple of hours. This movie has its good points and its bad points, on the downside the characters are flat and the script isnt fantastic (but then again, as this is based on those b-movies, maybe the films supposed to be this way). This film has two huge plus points, the spiders are great, they really look the part, crawling and scampering around the town. The other main plus is Kari Wuhrer, probably one of the sexiest women alive! and any scene with her in is well worth paying the ticket fee for :). This isnt a terrible movie, but its not great either, just somewhere in the middle. Worth renting, just maybe not worth buying.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A monster movie that is flat out fun from start to finish, 8 Mar 2003
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This review is from: Eight Legged Freaks [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
"Eight Legged Freaks" is a four-star movie but five-star fun, especially for those with fond memories of 1950s Sci Fi B-Movies at the drive-in. "Eight Legged Freaks" is everything "Mars Attacks" was not, namely, funny and scary. This is a film that knows its cinematic roots and embraces them whole-heartedly. Take all those spiders in "Arachnophobia," with as many different types as there were monsters bugs in "Starship Troopers," give them some toxic waste in the great tradition of "The Toxic Avenger" so they grow as big as the ants in "Them!" rather than the tarantula in "Tarantula," put it in a southwestern town like in "Tremors," have a paranoid guy warning about alien invasions like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," have humanity make a last ditched stand in a mall similar to "Dawn of the Dead" before they end up cocooned like in "Alien," and make David Arquette the hero like in "Scream."
Arquette is the big name in the film but he really does seem a bit out of his element (i.e., playing it for laughs when everybody else is doing it straight). He plays Chris McCormack, who returns home to the town of Prosperity, Arizona, just as the town is going down for the last time. The mayor (Leon Rippy) is a schmuck who has failed with a mall and an ostrich farm and now wants to sell the town to a company that will use the abandoned mines as a toxic waste cite. But Chris still believes his father's claim there was a vein of gold in that thar mine. However, this all becomes moot outside of town there is a crazy old coot (Tom Noonan) who studies spiders. Through a nice series of events a drum of toxic waste is spilled and eaten by grasshoppers, which are then eaten by spiders with predictable results in terms of 1950s Science Fiction films and 1960s Marvel comics. Fortunately young Mike Parker (Scott Terra), the son of the world's most beautiful sheriff, Sam Parker (Kari Wuhrer), knows everything there is to know about all the different types of spiders that are starting to make their presence known as they work there way up the food chain from grasshoppers to cats, ostriches, and dirt bikers. The question is whether anybody will listen to the kid in time...
Director Ellory Elkayem parlayed his 1997 short subject "Larger Than Life" into this gig, showing an ability to put in the comic touches (e.g., the music for "Ittsy Bitsy Spider" sounds ominously as a giant tarantula makes its way along the street) along with the special effects creepiness in equal measure (e.g., the hopping spiders). There are so many scenes where you will have to choose between laughing and screaming but will probably end up doing both almost at the same time. Obviously this film is grounded in the Fifties in terms of the monsters and their origins, but it has modern sensibilities. This is not only in terms of the computer effects that generate the many varieties of spiders, but also the characters, as when both the beautiful sheriff and her sharp daughter, Ashley (Scarlett Johansson), have more brains and nerve than all the guys in town. The middle part of the film, where the spiders pretty much have their own way until the humans get up to speak, is the best part. You come out of "Eight Legged Freaks" arguing about which was your favorite bit involving a spider claiming a victim. This is such a fun monster movie that people who do not like monster movies might find themselves liking this one simply because there is a joy behind all the death and destruction that catches you up early on in the film and takes you along for the ride.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A silly film. Great fun, though., 30 Jan 2003
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A. Whyte "charteredstreets" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Eight Legged Freaks [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
"Eight Legged Freaks" works better than it really ought to. It goes through every cliché in the book, yet it does not work DESPITE of its overuse of clichés - it works BECAUSE of them.
There is the Geeky kid (Harry Potter look-a-like Scott Terra), and his Weird old friend (Tom Noonan). The Weird old friend has a spider fetish, and has found that if he feeds his spiders cockroaches from a specific lake they grow very big. What he doesn't know is that the lake is actually where a toxic waste spill occurred recently (toxic waste... it's always the toxic waste), and soon the spiders are out of control. The Geeky kid tries to warn the town, but he is the Geeky kid, and who is going to believe the Geeky kid?
The Geeky kid lives with his Popular sister (the ever-good Scarlett Johansson), and his Tough-cop mother (Kari Wuhrer), who left her Unfaithful husband. David Arquette plays the Former citizen, who has heard that a Greedy Mayor wants to try and sell the his father's mines to businesses that will fill them with toxic waste (yep, more toxic waste). All the while the Geeky kid is jumping up and down trying to tell the town the giant spiders are coming their way, and no one is paying any attention whatsoever.
On top of all of this, we have the Popular sister's Horny boyfriend and his Dumb friends, the Old residents, the Tough-cop mother's Dumb sidekick and, of course, the Scary monsters which are, in this case, Giant mutant spiders. There are more clichés, but if I told you them, it would feel like I was spoiling something for you.
Last month I saw "Jason X", which suffered not because it overused clichés as much as because it took the concepts that had become cliché and pretended it had come up with them first. "Eight Legged Freaks" knows damn well that these clichés have been around for decades, and is only an inch away from self mocking.
Take, for example, the scene where the Popular daughter is kissing her Horny boyfriend in the front of his truck. He comes on to her a little too much for the Popular Daughter's liking, and she says "look, I don't want to lose my virginity in the front seat of a truck." But is she saying this because she ACTUALLY does not want to lose her virginity, or because she knows that there is a rule that if you have sex in a horror movie, you get killed. Here's another one - when the Geeky boy hitches a lift into town (he is picked up, conveniently, by the Former citizen, who wants to pair up with his Tough-cop mother), the Geeky boy tries to explain to the Former citizen that the spiders have grown to mammoth proportions), then eventually says "but, of course, you don't believe me, 'cause they NEVER believe the kid!"
The movie also has a wicked sense of humour that makes it all the more enjoyable, I found myself tittering regularly (especially at the movie's closing credits song, you gotta stay for that). And it also has thrills and chills, some scenes are pretty exciting, and everyone knows that sticking your hand into a dark place is pretty creepy.
Humour, giant mutant spiders and toxic waste - what more could you ask for from a summer movie? "Eight Legged Freaks" is basically a B-movie with more impressive special effects and a bigger budget, but has no pretensions of be anything more. Its formula has been going around since the '50s, and it plays as more of a tribute to such movies than a spoof. Yes, it lacks any originality whatsoever, has hammy acting and obvious gags but, heck, if you're going to take a movie about giant mutant spiders taking over a town seriously, you don't deserve to enjoy it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crap but in a good way, 4 Sep 2008
This review is from: Eight Legged Freaks [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Eight Legged Freaks is a film that is so bad, its good. A barrel of toxic waste falls into a pond in the town of Prosverity, Arizona. The crickets that live in the pond get contaminated and when they are eaten by the spiders at a local spider farm, the spiders grow to an enormous size and go on a ramage eating cats, ostriches and people! Great film for a Friday night.
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