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Arachnid [Import]

Chris Potter , Alex Reid , Jack Sholder    R (Restricted)   DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Schlock fans might enjoy. Nov. 19 2002
By Eric
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Should be three and a half stars! March 18 2006
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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3.0 out of 5 stars COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE Nov. 7 2003
Poor Jack Sholder. He directs one of the finest sci-fi films of recent years (THE HIDDEN) and now he goes straight to video in this laughably scary movie. You have to credit Chris Potter (Valentine) and Alex Reid (Mercer)--at least they spoke English. Sholder manages to stage the spider sequences effectively but everything else is derivative nonsense. For a movie of this kind, the special effects are passable, but there should have been more spider contact. And of course, the ending smells for a sequel? Didn't I read somewhere that there is an Arachnid 2? Oh, well, for a ninety minutes of frivolous popcorn fun, settle for this 50's B movie.
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars arachnid? seen worse i suppose June 24 2002
the beginning? guess some kind of alien creature brings a giant spider down with it when it crashes in the jungle, pretty cheesy beginning! hard to really listen close to what the actors were saying, accents were hard to understand. need to speak better english thats for sure. all in all pretty decent giant spider movie, was entertaining, will have to admit that. didn't care for the characters though, was hoping they'd all die out and that the spider would prevail but no such luck. just hope when Eight Legged Freaks comes out that it will be much better than this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars ALONG CAME A SPIDER...
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. Read more
Published on June 23 2002 by Lawyeraau
2.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Trailers
On the main menu keep going down until you highlight the Lions Gate Logo. Click on it and you will be shown 3 trailers :
1. Arachnid
2. Spiders
3. Risk
Published on June 20 2002 by DealHunter
1.0 out of 5 stars BAD BAD BAD
What a bas movie! My God! This isn't scary at all!
My monsters toys look more real than that spiders! Come on!
How can you like this? Is so stupid, boring and lame! Read more
Published on May 20 2002 by Mauro
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad Giant spider movie !
First of all, you have to remind yourself that this is a low budget movie from independent company. I think it is Spanish-Canadian joint production. Read more
Published on May 15 2002 by Mian Sukiman
4.0 out of 5 stars Aww, Look At Those Cuddly, Flesh Burrowing Aliens
After reading the reviews on this movie, I was actually afraid to go out and buy it. Normally, one or two people can be wrong about something, but there usually isn't a general... Read more
Published on April 26 2002 by TorridlyBoredShopper
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok... U gotta love spider movies!!
Its an ok movie. Its worth an rental. Its about an Island that has toxic spiders on it and when an Air Force plane flies accross the skies the jet plane electronic equipment... Read more
Published on April 3 2002 by Simple_Guy
1.0 out of 5 stars Saturday afternoon matinee should be on double bill
Arachnid is laughable in its earnestness; expectedly bad; and yet remotely watchable.
Chris Potter (TV's Silk Stalkings and Queer as Folk) plays a mercenary of sorts out to... Read more
Published on April 2 2002 by Get What We Give
3.0 out of 5 stars Invasion of the Space Spiders
This is a throwback to those 1950 creature movies with modern day gore effects. The opening is very promising-but the story quickly turns routine. Read more
Published on March 31 2002
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