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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 20 INCHES LONG AND BLACK
Exterminator Alex Mathis (Greg Grunberg) likes women and loathes fruitcake. Through a series of improbable circumstances he gets to fight an aggressive BA spider along side of the US military with a Mexican sidekick.

In a number of scenes Grunberg reminded me of Kevin James and I had a few John Goodman flashbacks. The film had blood and cheesy props (notice the...
Published 4 months ago by The Movie Guy

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3.0 out of 5 stars An ok B-movie
This was alot better than expected,unlike most films in this vien they've actually spent some money on the spider effects.Quite funny in places & the story moves along at a good pace,a relief they didn't show much of the spider until a fair way through as showing the monster too early can spoil the rest of the film.
There are obvious comparisons to "King...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 20 INCHES LONG AND BLACK, 8 Dec 2013
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Big Ass Spider [DVD] (DVD)
Exterminator Alex Mathis (Greg Grunberg) likes women and loathes fruitcake. Through a series of improbable circumstances he gets to fight an aggressive BA spider along side of the US military with a Mexican sidekick.

In a number of scenes Grunberg reminded me of Kevin James and I had a few John Goodman flashbacks. The film had blood and cheesy props (notice the thanks to Lloyd Kaufman in the credits). The "horror" aspect simply didn't exist. Overly accomplished, relatively unknown Clare Kramer provided the love interest.

Great for cheese lovers.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Bikini girls being chased by BS spider.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheesier than old sock, 9 Mar 2014
Well worth it if you fancy nothing more than a no brain giggle. It is exactly what it say's on the tin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's like a spider, but BIGGER., 28 Feb 2014
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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It's a movie called "Big Ass Spider!" Guess what it's about. You get three guesses, and the first two guesses don't count.

And yes, I had to watch it. With a title like "Big Ass Spider!," who could possibly resist? It's pretty much exactly the movie that that amazing title promises -- a modern B-movie creature feature, centering on a monstrous spider that just keeps getting bigger and bigger. And while you might initially suspect that it's a SyFy-style disaster, it's also a very well-made film.

It opens in the middle of a scene you'd expect of such a movie -- a blimp-sized spider destroying a skyscraper, while helicopters buzz around helplessly. Exterminator Alex Mathis (Greg Grunberg) watches helplessly, while Storm Large's hauntingly pretty cover of "Where Is My Mind?" plays.

Skip back to a day before. In the middle of an autopsy, a rat-sized spider crawls out of a corpse and attacks the mortician. Alex happens to be there getting a spider-bite treated, so he's willing to handle the giant spider if they drop his bill. Along with security guard Jose (Lombardo Boyar), he ventures into the depths of the hospital... only to find that the spider has gotten much, much bigger. Also, it can melt off your face.

Then a Special Forces unit shows up to take over the hospital, trying to find and lock down the spider before it can get any bigger. Big shock: they fail, and the spider becomes larger and larger, killing countless people as it goes. It falls to Alex, with his encyclopedic knowledge of spiders and their ways, to find a way to take it down before it has a bunch of spider babies!

"Big Ass Spider!" basically wants to be a modern version of those 1950s creature movies with giant bugs and spiders. In that way, it succeeds -- it avoids being campy or overly silly, but still sticks earnestly to the "giant spider destroys everything" plotline that is so hard to pull off. Admittedly it could have been a bit more self-aware of its goofy storyline, but it's pretty fun.

But there is plenty of quick clever dialogue ("Your Spanglish is pressuring me!") and some tongue-in-cheek humor (Alex decides to ram the spider with his pickup truck), keeping the pace going between action scenes. And yes, there are plenty of scenes of people being squished, melted and swarmed by the acid-spewing, hyper-webbing Big Ass Spider.

It should also be noted that this is a pretty low-budget movie; director Mike Mendez couldn't afford a casting director, so he actually cast people from his Facebook friends list. Considering that budget, the special effects are pretty decent -- the spider is no Shelob, but it's good for what it is, and it has a certain Harryhausen charm. Plus, it's fun to see it repeatedly stabbing people with its spearlike legs.

The actors all do a pretty decent job -- Grunberg is a fairly nice everyman hero, as the only one who knows enough about spiders to track the Big Ass Spider! down. Lin Shaye is a bit wooden at times ("I'm stuck") but is a serviceable hard-nosed love interest, while Boyar manages to be comic relief without being ridiculous. Perennial cult star Ray Wise (you know, the devil from "Reaper") also gives us a nice performance as the harried Special Forces general.

In other words, if the SyFy Channel's slapdash careless approach to creature features annoys you, this may be a welcome break. A fun, unpretentious B-movie that gives you what you want: a big ass spider!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "This is how cheesy movies are made", 29 Mar 2014
This was a cheesy" bad pass" movie to watch with my mates, very enjoyable indeed.
Recommend this movie to be watched with friends who have a sense of humour...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 22 Mar 2014
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Exactly what you'd expect it to be. One huge spider. One 1950s style disaster movie today. Lots of fun. Superb.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An ok B-movie, 18 April 2014
This was alot better than expected,unlike most films in this vien they've actually spent some money on the spider effects.Quite funny in places & the story moves along at a good pace,a relief they didn't show much of the spider until a fair way through as showing the monster too early can spoil the rest of the film.
There are obvious comparisons to "King Kong" towards the end & it does follow a well worn path,no points for originality here,acting is ok,all played with tongue in cheek & anyway,you aint going to take this seriously.
Good fun & i've seen much much worse than this,worth watching.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy !, 14 Jan 2014
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If you are a fan of cheesy painfully bad B movies then this film is for you.
Whilst there are a few laughs at the exterminator's clown-like clumsiness, overall it didn't do much for me.
Rather disappointed and I see this as one to hide at the back of your dvd collection.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD, 15 Feb 2014
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LOVE THIS TYPE OF MOVIE SINCE A KID WELL MEN NEVER GROW UP,WORTH WATCHIMG HAS SOME GOOD EFFECTS AND
GREAT FUN
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 8 Mar 2014
Starts off promisingly then just becomes tedious and drawn out. Even for a film obviously tongue in cheek it is a load of tosh
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fun little movie, but the disc sucks, 22 Feb 2014
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Fun little film, quite a few (intentionally) funny moments, and for a low-budget movie, the sfx are quite good. I enjoyed this one, but what I did not enjoy was the wrong aspect ratio of the movie on this disc.

Once again a distributor chose to tamper with the original vision of the director and his DP, go full-screen and publish a compromised version. Once I notice that the picture compositions are destroyed, I can not unsee it and it is very distracting. It is most obvious in the scene where one of the army guys battles the spider next to a tree stump, and the spider is completely off-screen. There are a lot more scenes where the tampering is obvious, like in the army command center, where you get a frontal shot of the Professor, the Major and the Lieutenant standing next to each other. The Major is in the middle of the frame, and from the people surrounding him, there is just an arm and the shoulder visible.

OAR is 1,85:1 - AR on the disc is 1,78:1. Small change? Yes, I have seen worse offenders, but it is very noticeable.

I paid the full price, it should be a given that I get the full movie for it in exchange.
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