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For a low budget schlock-horror, it's not all bad.
on 2 October 2013
Make no mistake, this is a low budget movie, and with that in mind, you can almost imagine what to expect. However, as a fan of low budget, cheesy made-for-tv creature features, I went into this with pretty low expectations - and was pleasantly surprised.
A brief summary of the plot: The government have been conducting experiments in space, and happened upon a race of 'alien' spiders. Unfortunately, during routine experiments, the space station that was housing the titular creatures, falls from the sky and crashes into the New York Subway system. Eventually, the 'alien spiders' that were kept at bay in the weightlessness of space, begin to grow and multiply before terrorising the city. And that is it.
As plots go, it's by the numbers, nothing terribly taxing and is completely full of plot-holes. But that for me, is part of the appeal of these movies. But what we have here is a little bit special. For a start, the majority of the budget actually went on the special effects, so for once, you have something that's actually not too bad too look at. Especially when the gigantic spider as featured on the cover makes it's first appearance (although you will be waiting to towards the end of the movie before that beast is rampaging across the screen) - but believe me, it's a pay off worth waiting for.
Patrick Muldoon is pretty passable, playing the role of a Subway Control Operator, who initially investigates the mysterious death of one of his colleagues following a bizarre electrocution, which leads him to discover the mutant spiders, when in turn makes him a target to be chased by the government. Christa Campbell is his ex-wife, who quite frankly, is the only reason why you, if you really have to, turn off the movie. Her character is flat, emotionless, and yet completely over the top and serves the most least convincing performance. She is quite easily upstaged by the CGI, which in a movie like this, is some achievement.
Unfortunately, the version of the movie I saw was 2D but it was a full 1080p version and visually, it's a good picture. It's sharp, it's got vibrant colours and there was very little grain during the more low light scenes. I can imagine however, there are plenty of scenes in this movie that could be enhanced with 3D, but the movie was enjoyable as a 2D affair.
Bottom line - if you love and adore cheesy sci-fi creature features, then I genuinely believe there is alot of fun to be had with 'Spiders 3D'. Just keep your expectations really low, dim the lights, grab the popcorn and just have fun. It's really not all that bad!