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Eight Legged Freaks



Straight-out scarefest.
Parents recommend
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know


None Intense and scary special effects, peril


Sexual references and situations.


Some strong language

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and smoking by teens and adults

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that despite the smart-alecky title, this movie is not a comedy. It's a straight-out scarefest, and right up to the farthest edges of the PG-13 rating, with very explicit and gross violence and a lot of jump-out-at-you surprises. Characters are killed and eaten. In addition, a character chain-smokes, and there's some alcohol and some strong language. There's a reference to a teen pregnancy and to adultery. A teen girl is extremely clear about not being ready to have sex, despite pressure from a boy she likes very much, but parents may be concerned about her use of a stun gun to make her point. The female characters are tough and brave. One of the main characters is black, and although he's portrayed as a little paranoid and crazy, he's also brave and loyal.

What's the story?

In EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS, a small Arizona town is on the verge of going under, about to vote to sell the entire place for what the mayor says is a highway. But he has bad teeth and icky hair and is mean to his stepson, so don't believe him. Chris (David Arquette), the son of the man who owned the now-abandoned mine, has come back after 10 years, hoping to realize his father's dream of tapping into a gold vein and his own dream of finally telling the girl he loves (Kari Wuhrer), now the town sheriff, how he feels. A chemical spill and some undisclosed toxic waste transform an entire zoo of 200 exotic spiders into huge, hungry monsters the size of an SUV. The giant spiders chase the people, catching and eating many of them. At first, no one believes it, then they run away, try to hide, and then fight back.

Is it any good?


Eight Legged Freaks is essentially a cheesy 1950's sci-fi drive-in movie with un-cheesy special effects. There's no sense of irony and not much of a sense of humor. Instead, it has a rather sweet sense of pleasure in its own conventions, a sure sense of pacing, and some very impressive huge spiders. The plot is very simple, more computer game than story, but really a classic re-creation of movies like The Blob and World Without End.

And I guess we found out where that surprising hyphen came from in "Spider-Man." It's missing from the title of this movie, which makes it appear to be about eight creatures with legs.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different kinds of spiders, which are actually fascinating creatures who benefit humans by eating mosquitoes.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 19, 2002
DVD/Streaming release date:October 29, 2002
Cast:David Arquette, Doug E. Doug, Scarlett Johansson
Director:Ellory Elkayam
Studio:Warner Bros.
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:vivid, gross violence

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Parent Written byPlague February 25, 2010

Eight Legged Freaks

Awesome movie. Funny, but might be scary for arachnophobics.
Teen, 16 years old Written byMichael Ryan Metzger October 14, 2015

Eight Legged Freaks

Eight Legged Freaks is a horror/comedy (DON'T LISTEN TO THE MEDIA REVIEW) that is about a barrel of toxic waste getting knocked into a large lake, and turning local spiders in over-sized man eating monsters. The movie has a good sense of humor, but it also contains disturbing content and a few jump-scare sequences that my scare children under ages 12 or 13. The movie isn't exactly gory, but when giant spiders are killed, green blood will ooze from their bodies, leaving a gross mess. And, people will get attacked, as well eaten alive. Spiders will be shot, crushed, ran-over, sawed, stabbed, or blown up. The movie begins with a truck driving down a lonely night road when a bunny crosses in front of the truck. The driver looses control, and barrels filled toxic waste fly off the truck and into a river. causing water contamination. There is a scene with a man named Joshua who has been feeding his pet spiders crickets that were exposed to poisoned water. This results in the spiders increasing dramatically in size. Joshua is then bitten on the neck by an escaped tarantula. After he is dead, the spiders obviously feast on his body off screen. Also, a giant tarantula tears a hole through a door that is holding survivors barricaded in a mall, and hundreds of spiders begin to pour into the mall. Throughout the film, disturbing (maybe even scary) scenes are displayed, such as a man running out of water from a hose down in mines. He continues to suck up what ever is left, but baby Orb Weaver spiders crawl into his mouth, and he vomits them back up before being killed by adult spiders. However, humorous scenes are rather frequent. The spiders will cough, sneeze, roar, and often make evil giggles as they chase people. The movie is funny and scary at the same. Adults and teens will enjoy. But, I would not recommend it to young children OR adults who are afraid of spiders.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byecto1010 August 8, 2012

Great movie

Its a cool movie i think it is a kid appropiate as long as your over 10
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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