In this throwback monster movie from producer Dean Devlin (Independence Day, Godzilla), David Arquette plays the son of a deceased mine owner, returning home to the economically depressed hamlet of Prosperity, AZ, after a long absence. His arrival coincides with a toxic waste accident in the local water supply, the result of a barrel jostled loose from the back of a passing truck. Unfortunately, said water source abuts the region's least-popular attraction: an exotic spider farm. The farm's owner (Tom Noonan) becomes the first victim when the spiders, already possessed of keen predatory abilities, grow to the size of small automobiles. Laying in wait underground, they begin picking off the town's pet and ostrich population, and soon it's all the local sheriff (Kari Wuhrer) can do to raise the alarm before the siege begins. Eight Legged Freaks was produced under the working title "Arac Attack," but the politically conscious producers, concerned the title sounded too much like "Iraq Attack," went with Arquette's brainstorm as a safer alternative.~Derek Armstrong
"Creepy crawly giants" essay
Eight spine-tingling additional scenes of spiders in action
Elkayem's award-winning short film "Larger Than Life" which earned him the attention of the producers for the "Eight Legged Freaks" assignment
Feature-length audio commentary by co-stars David Arquette and Rick Overton, director/co-writer Ellory Elkayem and producer Dean Devlin
Im glad they finally put this on blu-ray, it's such a fun movie! Definitely more comedy than horror but if you don't like spiders it may still creep you out. A younger Scarlett Johansson is also in this, way before she was Black Widow.
Fun movie to watch.
Also, considering its budget, this movie had some decent visual effects.
As for the disc specs, the movie surprised me with its stellar MPEG-4 AVC encoded video and exceptional DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound track.