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  • Starring: ,
  • Summary: The residents of a rural mining town discover that an unfortunate chemical spill has caused hundreds of little spiders to mutate into the size of SUVs. And they're hungry. (Warner Bros.)
  • Director: Ellory Elkayem
  • Genre(s): Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror, Comedy
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 99 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. 90
    A cunning and hilarious update of the giant-insect movies of the 1950s.
  2. Reviewed by: Jonathan Curiel
    Has a smart mix of things going for it, including a self-effacing sense of humor.
  3. It's the filmmakers' post-camp comprehension of what made old-time B movies good-bad that makes Eight Legged Freaks a perfectly entertaining summer diversion.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    This update of 1950s drive-in sci-fiers finds the right balance between icky, funny and scary, with sheer energy compensating for a script that could have used more parodic panache.
  5. So if you're in the mood for a scary flick, the kind where people can't resist going into the huge hole in the wall where the family Pekinese just disappeared to the sounds of being masticated, this is the one.
  6. 50
    Winds up a lot closer to the movies it's taking off from than it cares to admit: cheap, unimaginative and predictable. It's the horror movie equivalent of one of those "Saturday Night Live" sketches that drags on interminably, though nobody in it seems to have any idea of just what the joke is.
  7. 25
    Limps along, spinning not a silken web but an extremely derivative, tattered one not likely to snare anybody's interest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Aug 26, 2012
    Best horror comedy I have ever seen, it has humour, gory, action and violence, has all the ingredients to make a fantastic film. This film is a must watch Expand
  2. Oct 13, 2012
    In case you couldn't tell, this movie is supposed to be goofy. I mean, how much goofier can you get when you have a movie about spiders that grow to gigantic size when they eat contaminated crickets? One thing you should know is that this movie DOES NOT take itself seriously. But that's a good thing, because this movie is pure camp and nothing else. Characters are somewhat sloppy, the spider special effects are decent (especially for 2002) and the humor is well put together. All in all, if you are sad and want a movie to cheer you up, watch this. Expand
  3. Aug 16, 2014
    Probably one of the best horror comedy i have ever seen.It's funny and there is a lot of action.The spiders are cheesy but they are supposed to be like this.Probably the best spider movie i have ever seen. Expand
  4. Jun 9, 2011
    A 50's movie concept given a modern make over. Tell your brain to go missing and enjoy the B rate acting, B rate CGI and B rate cast (including a young Scarlett Johansson) Expand
  5. Jun 15, 2011
    Cheesy yet surprisingly enjoyable, whether or not your going to enjoy this depends on how much you like b rated movie, it's not scary at all, honestly I just about laughed throughout the whole, although I'm not sure whether I was laughing with it or at it. Expand
  6. Oct 2, 2013
    A bit slow at first and is it stupid? Absolutely. Yet something you can't deny is that it's a rather entertaining movie to watch and I've seen it 3 times. Not that bad...not that bad. Expand
  7. StevenB.
    Nov 15, 2006
    Wow!! I can honestly say, this is one of the worst movies ever made. Actually, it's like watching something other than a movie, like a bunch of bad acting, cheesy dialogue and laughably crap special effects, and like this kind of slapstick childish unfunny type of humour, all exploded onto your screen!!!! It's a bit like something you'd see on Disney Channel, like in the same league as Lizzie McGuire. Expand

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