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Arachnid [Import]

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  • Actors: Chris Potter, Alex Reid, José Sancho, Neus Asensi, Ravil Isyanov
  • Directors: Jack Sholder
  • Writers: Mark Sevi
  • Producers: Brian Yuzna, Carlos Fernández, Julio Fernández, Miguel Torrente, Sheri Bryant
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: March 26 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWAC

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric on Nov. 19 2002
Format: DVD
I was in a schlocky mood last night, so I decided to catch Arachnid, which had a premise that sounded like schlocky fun. Well, I was about right. The movie's never really suspenseful or exciting, but it has enough icky moments and man vs. spider action to make it a watchable timewaster.
The story is about as silly as you'd expect, with a stealth fighter crashing into a spaceship, which crashlands on a small island. We actually get a brief glimpse at an alien that flickers in and out of transparency. Then it's killed by a giant spider. What the movie never makes clear is the spider's origin. Was it mutated by the spacecraft crash somehow, or was it on board the ship and was freed by the crash? Anyway, an expedition is formed to investigate a virus that came from that island. As a precaution, lots of guns are brought along, and you can sort of guess what happens from there.
I've always had a soft spot for horror films set on desolated jungle islands (Zombie, anyone?), so it's natural my curiosity would get the best of me with this film eventually. Arachnid was about on par with my expectations; basically, the story, acting, and direction are mostly second-rate, but the movie is sometimes enjoyable if you're in the right B-movie mood. And to director Jack Sholder's credit, he does try to use the island setting to as much of his advantage as possible.
The action scenes are pretty standard, which is a little surprising considering this is helmed by the man who gave us The Hidden, which had some fine action sequences. There's a lot of running around, getting stuck in webbing, and a few gun battles, but nothing spectacular by a long shot.
The effects are surprisingly not bad for a straight-to-video release.
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This is a B movie where, sort of like Fear and Loathing [in Las Vegas,] you leave your brain behind, grab some popcorn and watch a fun monster flick with girls, guns, and a whole lot of Giant Spider action!
OK, so here's the plot in a nutshell. Basically, a giant UFO from outer space places some sort of alien (I wonder what it could be? Hmm...) and attacks an islander. They study the bites on him and go searching on the island for what could have caused it (Hmm... I wonder what could have?) On the island they find some sort of virus, similar to ticks, and one of the men gets really... well... I'll leave you with a (bloody) surprise. The rest consists of running from the spider, gun shots, and some REALLY, REALLY cool scenes!
Well, this is definetly one of the best B films ever made, simply because it is so stupid and ludicrous you can't help but enjoy it! It isn't exactly for people who are afraid of blood and arachnids, but it is a great film to sit back and enjoy. So why not five stars? Well, for the rest of the movie they don't mention the fact the spider is alien (Which is almost a good thing, but why not just get rid of the entire alien thing?) And, also, because of the ending, which, I thought would mean a sequel, but aparently that isn't going to happen. Oh, well. Overall a good B film, definetly for any monster movie fans, especially Alien fanatics!
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Come on now, folks !! [ NO guys, *not* (quite) in the way the Better of Us CAN in Good Conscience hit on especially lovely, quality girls !! ] This IS, y' know, what IS, in the vernacular, a "campy" movie, *not* Schindler's List, right ? Right !! That establishes the groundwork, for instance, for a Gorgeous Woman to plunge up to her Buxom Assets into a Black, Stinky, Goo, feeling **something** frighteningly knawing on her boot. Thus, in The True Tradition of all Combination Superchick / Damsels in Distress, our honey not only hollers for extrication from her peril, but suffers stuck to her Hero in her Already Revealing Shirt by Sticky "Spider Silk". ( Can _you_ say, Toby McGuire and Kirsten Dunst ?? ) In short, We Men have a Nice LONG Look at her loveliness in her Nice White Brassiere !! Works for Me !! Last word, please: there *are* those movies that are meant *not* to be taken so seriously ... where we are to Leave Our Cerebellums Behind ... and Yield To The Willing Suspension of Disbelief.
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By Lawyeraau TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 23 2002
Format: DVD
This is simply a bad movie. This creature feature genre of film has been better done by others. This one is almost painful to watch. Each minute of running time seems like hours.
The premise is simple. Aliens from another planet land on a remote island. One manages to infect some of the insects on the island with its DNA, causing them to mutate in some unknown way. The island's native population starts to die off. Concerned doctors fly to the island, accompanied by some guerilla soldiers, to check up on the health of the natives, only to crash land on the island and find that they are too late to help its inhabitants. Moreover, an electro-magnetic field blankets the island, cutting off communication with the outside world. It then becomes a struggle for survival, as all become prey for the giant killer spiders, as well as other mutated insects, that dot the island.
This is a film with the screenplay from hell. Poorly plotted with sub plots that defy logic, much of the film consists of the various disposable characters doing something stupid, which results in their getting killed in some noxious way. The cheesy, stilted dialogue is third rate, as is the acting and special effects.
Quite frankly, I do not know whether the actors will survive the release of this film. They must now be in South America undergoing plastic surgery, so as to avoid affiliation with this film and get a fresh start. The director must be claiming demonic possession as the sole reason for having done this film. There can be no other explanation.
If you want a creature feature with some pizazz, as well as laughs, see the low budget flick, "Empire of the Ants", starring Joan Collins.
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