Eight Legged Freaks
This is apparently the year of the spider, from the Marvel Comics hero to Australian bird eating ones to giant monsters. In this horror-comedy, the once thriving gold-mining town of Prosperity, Arizona is anything but prosperous. Sheriff Sam Parker’s (Kari Wuhrer) police activity is mainly concerned with her slightly rebellious teenage daughter, Ashley (Scarlett Johansson), and science-minded son, Mike (Scott Terra). Chris McCormick (David Arquette) returns to Prosperity to help find the gold vein his father missed and re-open the mines. He also hopes to re-kindle his relationship with Sam. But first, they have to save the town from exotic spiders turned by toxic waste into huge EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS. Fans of 50’s horror movies will enjoy this humorously updated action-thriller.
Hairy jumping spiders chase and attack people, trapdoor spiders pop out of the ground to grab ostriches and townspeople, and orb spinners wrap people alive in webbing to feed on later. But spiders are also dispatched in various ways, with green gooey results. Harland (Doug E. Doug), a local radio DJ, talks about government conspiracies and where aliens “probe” people. To her credit, Ashley refuses to have sex with her boyfriend and reluctantly admits her mother was right about the guy. Although often done in a humorous manner, the frequent, gross violence along with several crude sexual comments and vulgar language gives EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS a bad spin.