March 10, 2004

Arachnia (2003)

"Professor of paleontology, Dr Jonathan Mugford, and a small crew of students, on their way to an Arizona dig, survives a plane crash caused by a meteor shower, only to make a mean discovery of their own - mammoth spiders! The same meteorite that grounded their plane has scared up an ancient breed of over-sized insects... and they're hatching a plan of attack. Hungry and desperate to find a live host in which to lay their eggs, the situation is fraught with terrifying possibilities. The only way to stop the breeding is go deep into the nest and face the mother of all mutants!"

Yes, it's another cheesy spoof B movie but it did amuse me for a little while. The spiders are really badly done stop-motion animated things but, to be fair, the effects were done for a fraction of the cost of something like "Eight Legged Freaks" and that was crap too.

What kept me entertained though was that everyone played this as straight as possible while knowing that they were really acting in total rubbish. The acting is very good in fact and the leads do stand out. Irene Joseph was so good in the scene where she phoned her army colonel father that I'm sure she'll be using that on her showreel. :o)

Anyway, I'd give it 3.5 out of 10. It's a bit silly and certainly not as good as a real 1950s "creature feature" but it did its job. And yes, I did find it scary because I bloody hate spiders... even great big obviously fake ones!

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