I hate Spiders — with a psychotic passion — but when I came across ‘Big Ass Spider’, it was a breath of fresh air in a stale market of Supernatural, Vampire, Demonic, Psycho Thrillers.
‘Big Ass Spider’ spins a tale of a giant alien spider that escapes from a military lab wreaking havoc across Los Angeles.
After a GARGANTUAN military strike fails to quash it, a team of scientists and one sly, wily, exterminator plot to annihilate the monstrous creature before the City of Angels is devoured.
‘Big Ass Spider’ CRAWLS its way into theatres on Oct. 18 — just in time for Fright Season — promising to be one helluva FUN ride for all Angelenos, and squeamish thrill seekers alike — everywhere…
Here’s a look at the Trailer:
Written by Gregory Gieras, Directed by Mike Mendez, and Produced by Shaked Berenson, the film is bound to resonate deeply with audiences because it harks back to a nostalgic time in cinematic history when movie audiences got their cheap thrills with cult classic ‘Creature Features’ that didn’t so much threaten the fate of their souls.
Here’s my list of terrifying standout ‘Creature Features’ that make the grade:
THE FLY (1986)
A David Cronenberg sci-fi remake — matching the original 1958 version — sees
scientist Jeff Goldblum accidentally splice his DNA with a housefly.
Cult classic ‘Them!’ — highly influenced by fears over atomic energy in
the 50s, sees GIANT RADIO ACTIVE ANTS rampage through New Mexico, winning OSCAR
GOLD for its special effects of the day.
Jeff Daniels battles a plague of highly poisonous spiders in small town America.
Still terrifies 20+ years on.
Scientists Jeremy Northam & Mira Sorvino release a genetically engineered insect
into the New York subway to kill off a mass of diseased cockroaches in Guillermo
del Toro ‘s sci-fi Horror akin to Frankz Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’. The mutant
breed spreads rapidly, feasting on humans, mimicking their actions until they
completely encompass their bodies & souls.
THE DEADLY MANTIS (1957)
Another 50s B-movie concerned with rampaging giant insects. Here, a volcanic
eruption melts polar ice, releasing a 200-foot-long Praying Mantis -– which soon
makes its way to invade Washington, D.C.
EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS! (2002)
A 21st century take on those 1950s B-movies, this squeamish Horror-Comedy sees a
small town RAIDED by enormous, toxic waste-altered spiders. Stars David
Arquette, and a pre-fame Scarlett Johansson with oodles of green CGI spider-guts.
NAKED LUNCH (1991)
David Cronenberg clearly has a fancy for giant insects. In his adaptation of
William S. Burroughs’ cult novel, Peter Weller’s exterminator is exposed to
chemicals causing him to hallucinate human-sized bugs. Not for the weak.
THE SWARM (1978)
A disaster movie with a stellar cast and sheer camp cements this as a Cult Classic disaster movie where a massive swarm of killer bees is the tormentor. FUN FACT: REAL BEES were used (!) – people were employed to clip off the stingers.
To battle a world-wide food crisis, a scientist attempts to enlarge
cattle but instead unleashes a giant spider. FUN FACT: A young Clint Eastwood makes an appearance.
HIGHLY DANGEROUS (1950)
A British Cold War Comedy-Thriller where Soviets employ insects as
weapons-of-mass-destruction — using them as carriers of deadly germs. Margaret Lockwood’s
entomologist goes to the Balkans to find investigate, with enjoyably deranged
An enjoyably despicable mix of Sci-Fi Horror Comedy — Slither sees a
parasitic alien slug crash on Earth, breed in disgusting fashion and
transform small town residents into hive mind-controlled zombies. Not to be missed by 80’s Cult Horror Fans.
THE FLY (1958)
The original lacks the twisted sexuality of Cronenberg’s 1980’s remake, but it
still packs a frightful punch. A scientist attempting to create a teleportation machine mingles his DNA with a fly during an experiment gone wrong, leaving him with the insect’s head and “arm”. NASTY!
THE WASP WOMAN (1959)
Searching for the Fountain of Youth, a cosmetics company owner
attempts to stave off the effects of age by ingesting a serum derived from wasp
jelly, with disastrous results – she transforms into a murderous, LUSTY, Wasp Woman.
THEY NEST (2000)
A deadly breed of insects infests a small town in Maine,
digging deep into people’s flesh and eating them from the inside out. Directed by Ellory Elkayem, also responsible for Eight Legged Freaks, this silly TV movie plays on our universal revulsion of cockroaches.
In Gary Jones’ magnum opus, an experiment to mingle spider and alien DNA (OH WHY?!) results in a mutant spider being let loose in a government facility, killing everyone in its path.
THE BLACK SCORPION (1957)
Volcanic activity in Mexico sets free giant scorpions who ravage the countryside. Starring Richard Denning (Creature From The Black Lagoon). The film features some great stop-motion animation by Willis O’Brien (King Kong). FUN FACT: ‘The Black Scorpion’ started with a low budget, and as production wore on, faced financial straits. By end of filming, money was so tight, O’Brien and his assistant were working out of a garage. SO FUN!