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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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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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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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