Eight Legged Freaks

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Straight-out scarefest.
  • PG-13
  • 2002
  • 95 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


None Intense and scary special effects, peril


Sexual references and situations.


Some strong language

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Drinking and smoking by teens and adults

What 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.

User Reviews

Parent Written byPlague February 25, 2010

Eight Legged Freaks

Awesome movie. Funny, but might be scary for arachnophobics.
Adult Written bydoodlesalltheday April 9, 2008
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
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 turn... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

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