Monthly Archives: July 2002

StevenF Review of Eight Legged Freaks

If you don’t like spiders or refused to watch Arachnaphobia, then Eight Legged Freaks is not for you even though I consider it a comedy. It was released on July 17, 2002, which may make it sound ancient to some people, but it has an excellent cast. A small Arizona town becomes infested by spiders which have mutated due to chemical waste.

David Arquette is Chris McCormick, the son of a gold mine owner who returns to town after ten years. Kari Wuhrer is local sheriff Samantha Parker with two children, a daughter Ashley (Scarlett Johansson) and Mike (Scott Terra). There are all good actors and very believable as their characters. As for the minor players, Doug E. Doug is great as a conspiracy theorist radio host. The CGI of the spiders was above par. The only thing I’m not sure I cared for was the cartoon-like vocalizations given to the mutated spider, i.e. one is dragged behind a car and you hear it go “ouch! ouch!” The direction and pacing was excellent and the humor, while subtle in some scenes, was perfect.

I totally enjoyed this movie and David Arquette is one of my favorite actors. I would definitely recommend this film to others, I would watch it again, and I will buy it for my collection. The feel of the movie makes me think of Evolution with David Duchovny. I give this 5 stars out of 5 for the pure entertainment of the film rather than the technical aspects.