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Eight Legged Freaks
- David Arquette

Overview - New Zealand-born Ellory Elkayem's EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS is a ridiculously irreverent romp that pays homage to American b-movies of the 1950s. Set in the nearly bankrupt mining town of Prosperity, Arizona, the film opens with the timely return of Chris McCormack (David Arquette).  Read more...

 
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Overview

New Zealand-born Ellory Elkayem's EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS is a ridiculously irreverent romp that pays homage to American b-movies of the 1950s. Set in the nearly bankrupt mining town of Prosperity, Arizona, the film opens with the timely return of Chris McCormack (David Arquette). On the outskirts of town, a spider-loving eccentric discovers that water from a nearby river has a steroid-like effect on his tiny creatures. Unfortunately, that's because it has been contaminated by a toxic substance. It isn't long before the now-monstrous spiders are terrorizing Prosperity's townspeople. Taking refuge in the Prosperity Mall, Chris and his fellow cohorts--the beautiful Sheriff Sam Parker (Kari Wuhrer), her kids Mike (Scott Terra) and Ashley (Scarlett Johansson), Deputy Pete (Rick Overton), and paranoid radio DJ Harlan (Doug E. Doug)--search for a way to destroy the gigantic monsters before they are destroyed. Handpicked by producers Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, writer-director Elkayem rises to the challenge. He successfully retains the lighthearted, low-budget feel of similar-toned 1950s classics (TARANTULA, THEM!) and merges it with a modern, big-budget aesthetic, to create an outrageously fresh contribution to the "mutant bug" genre.

Cast List

Jesse Alexander - Screenwriter, EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS (2002)
Ellory Elkayem - Director
Scott Terra - Actor
Doug E. Doug - Actor
David Arquette - Actor, SCREAM/EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS
Roland Emmerich - Director
William Fay
Dean Devlin
Bruce Berman - executive producer
John Ottman - Composer/Editor, SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006)
Kari Wuhrer - Actress, SLIDERS
Leon Rippy - Supporting Actor
Kelly Van Horn
John S. Bartley
Rick Overton - Comedian
Scarlett Johansson - Actress, THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, THE BLACK DAHLIA (2006)
Peter Winther

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 95
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929091065
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: January 2011

Related Categories:
Movies > Horror/Suspense

Related Keywords:
Fantasy
Live-Action
Bugs
Theatrical Release
Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy

 
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Reviews:
"...EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS fulfills your giant bug movie needs with an agreeable blend of shtick and stickiness..." - 07/19/2002 Los Angeles Times, p.C2


"...[The film] has laughs, thrills, wit and scary monsters, and is one of those goofy movies like CRITTERS that kids itself and gets away with it..." - 07/17/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.53


"...A nostalgic trip back to 1950s mutant-insect movies -- but with intentional humor and much better effects....[Arquette's] quirky sense of humor fits the mood perfectly..." - 09/01/2002 Box Office, p.152


"...Clever....Director Ellory Elkayem displays a smartly timed sense of physical humour. The spiders' sheer scale is impressive, too..." - 09/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.60

 
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