Big Ass Spider, the ultimate B-movie experience, finally spins its way onto DVD and Blu-ray this 23rd December. Mike Mendez (The Gravedancers, The Convent) directs Greg Grunberg who plays a bug exterminator biting off more than he can chew as he takes on a 50-foot-tall alien spider that escapes from a military lab and rampages the city of Los Angeles. With the film getting its home release we thought it the perfect moment to take a look at some of the fiendish arachnids that have taken over the big screen of late.
1. BIG ASS SPIDER (2013)
When a 50-foot-tall alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages the city of Los Angeles and a massive military strike fails to stop the creature, the city’s scientists and soldiers turn to an unlikely hero: Alex (Greg Grunberg), a bug exterminator, and his Mexican security guard sidekick, Jose, are the hapless duo who team up to kill the creature before the city is destroyed. Chasing the giant creature across LA, Alex and Jose must stop the spider before it lays its eggs and the city is lost for good…
2. ARACHNOPHOBIA (1990)
On a research trip to the Amazon, an unsuspecting group of scientists discover an aggressive new breed of spider which they capture for research and transport back to the United States. Escaping the scientists, the spider mates with a domestic house spider and makes a nest in the barn of family physician, Ross Jennings, played by Jeff Daniels, producing hundreds of offspring, all with a deadly bite. The colony begins picking off the town’s residents until Dr Jennings realises that the town has become infected with deadly arachnids and it falls to him to destroy the deadly colony once and for all.
3. EIGHT-LEGGED FREAKS (2002)
David Arquette stars in this 2002 spider classic where a colony of spiders are exposed to toxic waste and begin to grow to gigantic proportions and start killing and harvesting the locals. Playing the son of a deceased mine owner returning home after a long absence, Arquette returns home to his mines overrun with the deadly creatures. The film also sees a young Scarlett Johansson in the role of Ashley, one of the town’s few survivors.
4. ARACHNID (2001)
When a pilot’s plane crashes on a small island in the South Pacific, his sister immediately assembles a team and sets out on a rescue mission to find him. When they arrive on the island they have no idea what awaits them, finding a breed of huge and deadly spiders concealed in the jungle, ready and waiting to pick off the team one by one.
5. SPIDERS (2000)
DNA experiments are taking place on a rare breed of spider on a NASA space shuttle when a meteor shower engulfs the shuttle which has an unexpected effect on the spider, causing it to grow and attack the crew, killing all on board. Marci, an intrepid student reporter with an interest in conspiracy theories and UFOs, is digging around in the desert looking for evidence of an alien aircraft when the shuttle crashes to Earth and a huge spider crawls out…Marci must now survive and warn her fellow townspeople before it’s too late but with her history of reporting stories of doubtful credibility, many are loathe to believe her.
Prepare the popcorn, pop your feet up and enjoy Big Ass Spider, released on DVD and Blu-ray from 23rd December.
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A 50-foot-tall alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, the city’s scientists and soldiers turn to an unlikely hero. Alex (Greg Grunberg), a bug exterminator, and his Mexican security guard sidekick, Jose (Lombardo Boyar), are the hapless duo who team up to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.