Eight Legged Freaks – Edited

Theatrical Release: July 17, 2002
DVD Release: November 19, 2003


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 town of Prosperity, Arizona is anything but prosperous. The once thriving McCormick gold mines have been laying off workers since the death of the owner. Sheriff Sam Parker (Kari Wuhrer) police activity is mainly concerned with her teenage daughter Ashley (Scarlett Johansson) and son Mike (Scott Terra). While Ashley dates the fun-time jock son of the wealthy mall owner, science-loving Mike makes frequent visits to the local tourist attraction, an exotic spider farm. He’s memorized all the facts and figures about the arachnids. But a toxic waste spill into a nearby pond makes the spider’s cricket food into insect steroids and they’re getting bigger every day. After ten years, 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 the huge EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS. Fans of 50’s horror movies like THEM, featuring giant ants, will enjoy this humorously updated thiller.

Dove Review

This horror film is pretty humorous, except if you don’t like spiders, and then you’re in for the ride of your life. There are spiders all over the place in this film. While all the bad language is edited out of this version, there still is a lot of spider violence: people killing spiders and spiders killing all sorts of things.This is why we have rated this as 12+ because it would be too much for younger children.

Content Description

Faith: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Ellory Elkayem and Randy Kornfield
Director: Ellory Elkayem
Producer: Bruce Berman
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 99 min.
Reviewer: Dave Lukens