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Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 17 July 2002 (USA)
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Venomous spiders get exposed to a noxious chemical that causes them to grow to monumental proportions.

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Ellory Elkayem

Writers:

Ellory Elkayem (story), Randy Kornfield (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Arquette ... Chris McCormick
Kari Wuhrer ... Sheriff Samantha Parker
Scott Terra ... Mike Parker
Scarlett Johansson ... Ashley Parker
Doug E. Doug ... Harlan Griffith
Rick Overton ... Deputy Pete Willis
Leon Rippy ... Wade
Matt Czuchry ... Bret
Jay Arlen Jones ... Leon
Eileen Ryan ... Gladys
Riley Smith ... Randy
Matt Holwick Matt Holwick ... Larry
Jane Edith Wilson ... Emma
Jack Moore Jack Moore ... Amos
Roy Gaintner Roy Gaintner ... Floyd
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Storyline

After a long absence, Chris McCormick returns to his quiet hometown of Prosperity, Arizona, to reopen his late father's mines. However, a chemical spill and lethal toxic waste have created an unstoppable army of giant spiders who prey on the unsuspecting locals, turning Prosperity into an endless buffet. Now, it's up to Chris; Sheriff Sam Parker; her son Mike; Sam's plucky daughter, Ashley; the conspiracy theorist, Harlan, and a handful of survivors to stop the hairy menace, and save the town. But, who can stand in the way of the disgusting eight-legged freaks? Written by Nick Riganas

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The biggest... nastiest... mutant spider movie of all time!!!! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, brief sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The title did not come from the script, the director or the studio. In one scene, actor David Arquette improvised the phrase "Eight Legged Freaks" and that became the title. The original title was "Arac Attack" (in many European countries the film was released under that title). The scene can be seen in the movie with the phrase intact. See more »

Goofs

Earlier in the movie when the guys are going down the highway on dirt bikes, they are Kawasaki 4 strokes. In the scene where the spiders are chasing them, they are 2 strokes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harlan: Do you know fear?
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Eerie Midnight Horror Show (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Itsy Bitsy Spider
Written and Performed by Joey Deluxe
Produced by Joey Deluxe
(appears in the opening and closing credits)
Courtesy of Joe Merholz Music ASCAP
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Beautifully brainless fun!
13 January 2006 | by EmbyQuinnSee all my reviews

Giant spiders attack a sleepy Arizona mining town. Zany hijinks ensue.

This movie is a nod--or a series of nods, really--to the classic B-movie "giant insect run amok" genre in the spirit of "Them!", "The Praying Mantis", and especially "Tarantula". A mixture of weird science gone wrong and shady double-dealing turns a local exotic spider collection into rampaging, man-eating monsters.

Is it scientifically accurate? Hell, no. Is it great drama? Afraid not. Is it Academy Award material? I don't think so. Is it *fun*? You bet! Part of the fun of this movie is that it *isn't* trying to educate anybody about the environment, the ozone layer, global warming, or terrorist attacks. It's beautifully brainless entertainment and if you like to laugh--a *lot*--you'll love this movie. Rent it! Now!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arac Attack See more »

Filming Locations:

Tonopah, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,485,458, 21 July 2002

Gross USA:

$17,322,606

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,867,333
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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