Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

Posted: March 15, 2014 in Movie Review
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Eight Legged Freaks

Directed By: Ellory Elkayem

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scott Terra, Doug E. Doug, Rick Overton, Leon Rippy

Thoughts: It’s no secret that I’m a fan of giant monster movies, whether they be Kaiju or the giant radiated monsters of the 50s & 60s.  I was with this in mind that I recently revisited this 2002 release that is part comedy, part homage to movies like Them!, Tarantula and more.

The cast is a mixed bag, really depending on what you think of David Arquette.  He’s an admitted horror fan and pretty funny guy.  I will say he can be over the top at times, but I liked him here.  Eight Legged Freaks also featured a young Scarlett Johansson a year before her breakout role in Lost in Translation.

The real stars of the movie are the spiders.  I actually thought the early part of the movie, where the spiders had yet to grow to giant proportions was pretty creepy.  For whatever reason, spiders are scarier to me at their normal size than when they are the size of  a Buick.  Once they are super-sized, the madness really starts though.

Director Ellory Elkayem caught the attention of Hollywood and Rolan Emmerich in particular with his short film Larger than Life.  It was this short film that would become the basis for Eight Legged Freaks.  Sadly, this is his biggest movie to date, although he has gone on to direct two Return of the Living Dead sequels, Necropolis and Rave to the Grave.  I’m not sure most horror fans are willing to forgive him for that though!

Eight Legged Freaks isn’t much of a horror film per se, but it is quite a bit of fun. Personally I hate spiders and this didn’t do much to freak me out, at least after the first few scenes of the movie.  It is a pretty funny movie that does a good job of honoring its predecessors.  It makes for a pretty decent Saturday afternoon viewing.


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