Giant Spiders and conspiracies
Joshua Koppel | Chicago, IL United States | 04/29/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A very well thought out bugfest. While the title creatures are the original reason for watching this one, there is far more to the plot than rampaging arachnids.A college newspaper reporter is convinced that aliens exist and that the government has been hiding the fact. But when she heads to a secret government facility that is supposedly abandoned, she finds far more than she was expecting.First off, a shuttle that supposedly burned up on re-entry lands at the base. The crew are dead in horrendous ways. Then the Men in Black show up. They are obviously cruel and cold-blooded.Trying to avoid discovery, she and her friends hide in a truck and find themselves far underground beneath the facility. There they discover aliens, Apollo missions that were never reported, and a project to mix alien DNA with that of spiders. Then things get really tense.Fun, fast and with some true jump-out-of-your-0seat moments, this is an above average monster flick with excellent effects and a solid storyline."
TIME TRAVEL BACK TO THE FIFTIES
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 11/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gary Jones should be commended for his faithfulness to those wonderful giant bug movies of the fifties, like "Tarantula" and "Them." In this underappreciated thriller, Jones gives us animatronic spiders that look as real as one could expect, and delivers an action packed, delightful thriller. Of course, the plot has holes, and there are some ridiculous "how come so and so did this?" Like, for instance LANA PARRILLA, the savvy and Siguourney Weaverish heroine, has her glasses knocked off, crushed, and there is no mention of how this girl can see so well. Sure, JOSH GREEN has to have his shirt come off so we can see that buff bod. (How in the world does anyone get shoulders that wide???). But who cares? I enjoyed the ride, and the guilty pleasure of watching giant spiders running amock. There is some clever lines and I liked the innocence and naivete of the actors. Parilla starts out pretty obnoxious, and continues to be so, but by the time she joins forces with Green, she's a knockout. Green is also more than just a hunk of meat; his soft-spoken innocence and his easy swagger are endearing and refreshing in a day of "super macho" men. And just when you think the movie is over, the ending explodes and it's pure mayhem and excitement thereon.
I just loved this movie, because it was so much like those older gems, and it fulfilled those childhood fantasies of heroism and the good guy always wins!"
Edward R. Talbot | Cicero, Illinois USA | 02/17/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie has great special effects. The picture quality was very clear and the sound was great. The movie kind of brings back the 1950's horror flicks for me. Giant bugs and people running in the streets were the norm during the Atomic Age. I'm sure that the plot was standard, with government bad guys, who you love to hate, and a secret base etc., but I enjoyed it. If you like old style monster movies, I recommend seeing this sleeper."
Lavell Neal | Detroit, Michigan United States | 02/21/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen a lot of bad movies in my day, but I honestly have to say that SPIDERS is THE WORSE film I have EVER seen in my life. I am a film critic, so I give movies a break when they have low budgets, but it seemed to me that when they got the idea to make this movie, they just started, and began making the plot (and the special effects) as they went along. The acting is bad, the effects are terrible, the directing is silly, and the plot is sub standard (even for this genre). There was actually a scene where it looked like the Spider was made of paper and they just walked it by the camera on a stick. It took every thing in me not to turn it off and throw it in the trash. If you have an enemy and you want to torture them, send this movie as a gift. Humm, what is my boss' address, anyway?"