Eight Legged Freaks: Warner Bros.
EW Staff
April 18, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Eight Legged Freaks

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
99 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/19/02
performer
David Arquette, Doug E. Doug, Scarlett Johansson, Kari Wuhrer
director
Ellory Elkayem
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Ellory Elkayem
genre
ActionAdventure, Horror, Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a C

Producers Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich (”Independence Day,” ”Godzilla”) are at it again with a whole new breed of invaders: poisonous mutating spiders. According to Arquette, it’s okay to laugh. ”It’s funny in a campy sort of way,” he says. ”We don’t overdo the comedy…but you know, it’s like one of those old sci-fi movies.” As for the boo! factor, ”it’s scary in the way that one of those nature-channel programs is scary, like a lion-attacking-a-gazelle thing.” (That is, if a gazelle bleeds bright green blood, as these killers do.)

Probably equally frightening to Warner Bros., however, was the film’s original title, ”Arac Attack,” which Arquette, for one, was happy to see go — but not because of the homophonic echoes of the Middle East crisis. ”I think [‘Arac Attack’] made it sound too much like ‘Arachnophobia,”’ says the actor, who came up with the phrase ”eight legged freaks” one day while he was doing additional voice work. ”This is totally different.”

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