Eight Legged Freaks

Eight Legged Freaks

Ellory Elkayem (2001)

12 Certificate


Our Score
David Arquette and Kari Wuhrer fight chemically mutated spiders in a rural mining town in this B-movie homage from New Zealand-born film-maker Ellory Elkayem. A virtual re-working of 1999 schlock horror Bats, this is a tongue-in-cheek take on the creature features of the 1950s and early 60s. With its blend of absurd set pieces, hammy acting and deliberately exaggerated dialogue, the movie works hard to capture the kitsch spirit of its predecessors. Though it's too self-conscious and heavy handed to succeed entirely, there's much to enjoy, not least watching Scarlett Johansson battling for survival in a scatty supporting role before she became one of Hollywood's in-demand leading ladies. As for the real stars of the show - the often blatantly artificial arachnids - they may not be scary, but their jumping, galloping antics are a scream, nevertheless.


The residents of an Arizona mining town are forced to batten down the hatches and reach for the flame-throwers when a chemical waste spill causes hundreds of little spiders to mutate into gigantic flesh-eating monsters - and it is down to the local sheriff to help save the day. Comedy horror, starring David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scarlett Johansson, Scott Terra and Doug E Doug.

Cast & Crew

Chris McCormack David Arquette
Sheriff Sam Parker Kari Wuhrer
Mike Parker Scott Terra
Ashley Parker Scarlett Johansson
Harlan Doug E Doug
Deputy Pete Willis Rick Overton
Mayor Wade Leon Rippy
Bret Matt Czuchry
Leon Jay Arlen Jones
Gladys Eileen Ryan
Josh, spider farmer Tom Noonan
Director Ellory Elkayem
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Some violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 9 Aug 2002
Comedy Drama