Parents' Guide to

Eight Legged Freaks

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Straight-out scarefest.

Movie PG-13 2002 95 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 12+

One of the best comedy horror movies ever

Classic 'horror' movie. What I like best about this movie is the lack of suspense. In any scene where you think someone might be eaten by a giant spider, they do get eaten in short order. It's fast paced with some great scenes.
age 14+

I love this movie,who says it not for kids? Oh yeah,CSM does.

This is a cool,scary (in a good way) movie! I love it! CSM,stop overreatcing! Jeez...

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (8 ):

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.

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