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Eight Legged Freaks

  Eight Legged Freaks Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
6.20 /10
Chris McCormack: David Arquette, Sheriff Sam Parker: Kari Wuhrer, Mike Parker: Scott Terra
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Directed by: Ellory Elkayem
Written by: Ellory Elkayem and Jesse Alexander

Released: 2002
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 99

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Eight Legged Freaks may be the movie that people were hoping for when they went to see Men in Black II. They no doubt walked into the theater hoping for laughs, thrills, wit and scary monsters, and they backed their hopes with something like $133 million over 12 days. It is depressing to contemplate that many people spending that much money on a limp retread that runs out of gas long before it's over. Now here is Eight Legged Freaks, which has laughs, thrills, wit and scary monsters, and is one of those goofy movies like Critters that kids itself and gets away with it... I am not quite sure why the basement of the widow Gladys (Eileen Ryan) would lead directly into a mine shaft, or how the exoskeleton of a spider is strong enough to pound through a steel wall, or how, once again, the hero is able to outrun a fireball. But I am not much bothered. Eight Legged Freaks is clever and funny, is amused by its special effects, and leaves you feeling like you've seen a movie instead of an endless trailer.

(Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

As green-guts monster movies go, it's a beaut.

(Reilly Capps, Boston Globe)

Classic '50s monster stuff.

(Stephen Hunter, Washington Post)

[A] real pleasure in its laid-back way.

(Jonathan Foreman, New York Post)

Eight Legged Freaks fulfills your giant-bug-movie needs with an agreeable blend of shtick and stickiness.

(Gene Seymour, Los Angeles Times)

Originality ain't on the menu, but there's never a dull moment in the giant spider invasion comic chiller.

(Dennis Harvey, Variety)

Hey, it's not Shakespeare, but it doesn't need to be.

(Steven Snyder, Greater Milwaukee Today)

Yesterday's junk sporting today's polish.

(Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star)

An unassuming, entertaining effort.

(Peter Bradhsaw, Guardian)

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