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Eight Legged Freaks (2002) Like many of the best sci-fi thrillers of the post-A-bomb era, Eight Legged Freaks blames the mutant huge-osity of the spiders that overrun a Southwestern… 2002-07-19 PG-13 PT99M Action/Adventure Comedy Horror Sci-fi and Fantasy David Arquette Doug E. Doug Scarlett Johansson Kari Wuhrer Warner Bros.
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Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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David Arquette, Eight Legged Freaks | ARACH ATTACK Arquette again plays the ironic doofus in ''Freaks''
ARACH ATTACK Arquette again plays the ironic doofus in ''Freaks''
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Jul 19, 2002; Rated: PG-13; Length: 99 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: David Arquette; Distributor: Warner Bros.

Like many of the best sci-fi thrillers of the post-A-bomb era, Eight Legged Freaks blames the mutant huge-osity of the spiders that overrun a Southwestern mining town on man-made evil, in this case a chemical spill. Like many of the worst pop-referential parodies of the post-''Scream'' era, this one stalls on laughs once the big joke has been established: A citizenry raised on movies like ''Them!'' and ''Tarantula'' is the toughest to convince that there really are outsize arachnids in town.

The usual character types assemble. David Arquette assumes his ''Scream''-ingly familiar attitude of ironic doofus sincerity as a mining engineer, Kari Wuhrer (''Anaconda'') is the savvy local sheriff, and ''Ghost World'''s Scarlett Johansson plays the sheriff's pouty daughter. The thankless role of black guy in a white burg who spouts Don't-Trust-the-Man conspiracy theories but can't see a 10-foot bug right in front of him falls to Doug E. Doug.

Originally posted Jul 17, 2002 Published in issue #664 Jul 26, 2002 Order article reprints