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  • Actors: Chris Potter, Alex Reid, José Sancho, Neus Asensi, Ravil Isyanov
  • Directors: Jack Sholder
  • Writers: Mark Sevi
  • Producers: Brian Yuzna, Carlos Fernández, Julio Fernández, Miguel Torrente, Sheri Bryant
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWAC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Arachnid" on IMDb

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A group of scientists on a secret expedition travel to a South Pacific Island in search of the cause of an unknown deadly virus. When their plane crash lands, stranding them in the tropical locale, they discover a strange substance scattered about the is

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Then it's killed by a giant spider.
Eric
I did...) plot, and inherently lame dialog, but features passable acting, and decent special effects.
cookieman108
I can't seem to get enough of these cheesy films.
Jeffrey Leach

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric on November 19, 2002
Format: DVD
I was in a schlocky mood last night, so I decided to catch Arachnid, which had a premise that sounded like schlocky fun. Well, I was about right. The movie's never really suspenseful or exciting, but it has enough icky moments and man vs. spider action to make it a watchable timewaster.
The story is about as silly as you'd expect, with a stealth fighter crashing into a spaceship, which crashlands on a small island. We actually get a brief glimpse at an alien that flickers in and out of transparency. Then it's killed by a giant spider. What the movie never makes clear is the spider's origin. Was it mutated by the spacecraft crash somehow, or was it on board the ship and was freed by the crash? Anyway, an expedition is formed to investigate a virus that came from that island. As a precaution, lots of guns are brought along, and you can sort of guess what happens from there.
I've always had a soft spot for horror films set on desolated jungle islands (Zombie, anyone?), so it's natural my curiosity would get the best of me with this film eventually. Arachnid was about on par with my expectations; basically, the story, acting, and direction are mostly second-rate, but the movie is sometimes enjoyable if you're in the right B-movie mood. And to director Jack Sholder's credit, he does try to use the island setting to as much of his advantage as possible.
The action scenes are pretty standard, which is a little surprising considering this is helmed by the man who gave us The Hidden, which had some fine action sequences. There's a lot of running around, getting stuck in webbing, and a few gun battles, but nothing spectacular by a long shot.
The effects are surprisingly not bad for a straight-to-video release.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chadwick H. Saxelid on April 8, 2002
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Arachnid has a group of scientists coming to the aid of a South Pacific island's residents, who are being menaced by strange bugs (which appear to be from outer space, or some parallel dimension, the film's interior logic is flawed, to say the least). The group becomes trapped and, one by one, the supporting cast members fall prey to nasty bugs of all shapes and sizes. Genre veteran Jack Shoulder (Alone in the Dark, The Hidden, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge) keeps the pace swift and tension passable. This movie won't win any awards, but it's a nifty little addition to the creature feature genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jesse S. Sconza on May 12, 2010
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Give this flick its dues..creatures were believable, the victims were cheezzy to silly, to you couldn't wait for the spider to kill them..Good creature designs for non-CGI. yeppuurrr the use of your mind and hands to produce actual physical art.
Easy 4 Star B-Monster flic, I enjoyed it..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 7, 2003
Format: DVD
Poor Jack Sholder. He directs one of the finest sci-fi films of recent years (THE HIDDEN) and now he goes straight to video in this laughably scary movie. You have to credit Chris Potter (Valentine) and Alex Reid (Mercer)--at least they spoke English. Sholder manages to stage the spider sequences effectively but everything else is derivative nonsense. For a movie of this kind, the special effects are passable, but there should have been more spider contact. And of course, the ending smells for a sequel? Didn't I read somewhere that there is an Arachnid 2? Oh, well, for a ninety minutes of frivolous popcorn fun, settle for this 50's B movie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on August 28, 2005
Format: DVD
Once again I find myself in the unenviable position of having to write a review about a creature gone amok movie. Well, not really "unenviable" since I covertly enjoy watching filmmakers try, and ultimately fail, to replicate the success of Spielberg's "Jaws" some thirty years after that movie arrived on theater screens. Show me a DVD case with a picture of a shark, spider, insect, snake, or assorted other beastie looming large over a gaggle of frightened humans and I'm there with bells on. Really. I can't seem to get enough of these cheesy films. I don't even bother reading the plot synopsis anymore; it's straight to the checkout line with membership card in hand followed by a rapid retreat to the homestead for a quick viewing. Of course, these films don't scare me anymore. In fact, I doubt that they ever did. I watch them in order to laugh myself silly at the onscreen shenanigans, the cardboard cutout yet archetypical characters, and generous heapings of gore. So here we go again, if you're willing to ride along with me, as I attempt to put together a coherent review of Jack Sholder's 2001 movie "Arachnid." Thanks for coming along!

"Arachnid" opens with an extraterrestrial event, namely some mysterious craft hovering out over the ocean examining wildlife or something. The craft is tricked out in some sort of camouflage so mere earthlings can't see it, but the pilot of a stealth plane runs into it anyway and both vehicles promptly crash on a remote island. Both pilots survive long enough to fall prey to some sort of gigantic spider beastie. The end. O.k., not really.
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