Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scarlett Johansson, Matt Czuchry,
Doug E. Doug
by: Ellory Elkayem
Written by: Jesse Alexander, Ellory Elkayem, Randy Kornfield
Produced by: Bruce Berman, Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich
Distributor: Warner Brothers
17/07/02 UK: 09/08/02
spiders take over a dying desert mining town. The residents
must run for their lives - but it's eight legs versus
York Post /
New York Times
a serious Attack of the Killer Tomatoes vibe, director-cowriter
Elkayem and the producers of Independence Day obviously had
a great time making this cheesy giant-spider thriller.
Every mutant-monster-movie cliche is here: remote Arizona
town; bad boy (Arquette) home after years in the big city;
sexy ex-flame sheriff (Wuhrer) raising two kids on her own--a
nerdy insect-expert son (Terra) and a daughter (Johansson)
rebelliously dating a motorbike-riding hunk (Czuchry); money-grubbing
land developer (Rippy) putting the town in danger in more
ways than one; gonzo pirate radio announcer (Doug); and of
course colossal spiders everywhere. As the posters shout:
"Let the squashing begin!"
The plot needs no explanation, as you've seen it a million
times. But the screenwriters have such fun tweaking all the
signposts that you can't help but giggle at it all. They also
continually go for laughs amid the carnage and mayhem, and
for the most part it works.
The silly story isn't remotely coherent, but you can't exactly
criticise a film like this for being illogical, can you? The
actors give their all, running, screaming, shooting and stomping
like mad, without a moment of wink-wink parody, which makes
it all the more effective as a spoof along the lines of Mars
Attacks. What the film lacks in directoral skill (it seems
a bit flat and timid) is more than made up for in post-production;
the special effects are absolutely fantastic ... and startlingly
This is not a film for someone suffering from arachnophobia.
Unless of course they go see the film with someone they want
to squeeze the life out of.
[12 themes, violence, language] 16.Jul.02