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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.Read more ›
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!
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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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. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003 by Michael Butts
the beginning? guess some kind of alien creature brings a giant spider down with it when it crashes in the jungle, pretty cheesy beginning! Read morePublished on June 24 2002
On the main menu keep going down until you highlight the Lions Gate Logo. Click on it and you will be shown 3 trailers :
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
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 morePublished on May 15 2002 by Mian Sukiman
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 morePublished on April 26 2002 by TorridlyBoredShopper
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 morePublished on April 3 2002 by Simple_Guy