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Arachnid (2001)

Chris Potter , Alex Reid , Jack Sholder  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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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 (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWAC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,661 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Schlock fans might enjoy. November 19, 2002
By Eric
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Alien bugs menace medical relief/research party. 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheese filled fun! August 28, 2005
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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1.0 out of 5 stars ALONG CAME A SPIDER... June 23, 2002
This is simply a bad movie. This creature feature genre of film has been better done by others. This one is almost painful to watch. Each minute of running time seems like hours.
The premise is simple. Aliens from another planet land on a remote island. One manages to infect some of the insects on the island with its DNA, causing them to mutate in some unknown way. The island's native population starts to die off. Concerned doctors fly to the island, accompanied by some guerilla soldiers, to check up on the health of the natives, only to crash land on the island and find that they are too late to help its inhabitants. Moreover, an electro-magnetic field blankets the island, cutting off communication with the outside world. It then becomes a struggle for survival, as all become prey for the giant killer spiders, as well as other mutated insects, that dot the island.
This is a film with the screenplay from hell. Poorly plotted with sub plots that defy logic, much of the film consists of the various disposable characters doing something stupid, which results in their getting killed in some noxious way. The cheesy, stilted dialogue is third rate, as is the acting and special effects.
Quite frankly, I do not know whether the actors will survive the release of this film. They must now be in South America undergoing plastic surgery, so as to avoid affiliation with this film and get a fresh start. The director must be claiming demonic possession as the sole reason for having done this film. There can be no other explanation.
If you want a creature feature with some pizazz, as well as laughs, see the low budget flick, "Empire of the Ants", starring Joan Collins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I just step on them."
Arachnid was actually released in theaters and supposedly placed 9th in its opening weekend, earning them a cool $1,123 million. I must have missed it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Einsatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
This film is full of suspense, drama and horror. If you don't like spiders, don't bother to see the movie!
Published 12 months ago by Patrick Robinson
1.0 out of 5 stars WASTE OF TIME
I tried to watch this movie (if you dare call this by product that way) twice in one go and twice I gave up halfway through it. Read more
Published on September 20, 2012 by Darkalo
5.0 out of 5 stars arachnid
this movie is good it has
gore,creature violence,
action,guns.and the most
important thing a happy
ending so do more good
reviews ok.
Published on November 25, 2011 by Tammy N. Zhang
3.0 out of 5 stars Alien ship meets stealth fighter - hilarity ensues
In the first eight minutes, Arachnid features the following: a cloaked alien spacecraft sucking water up out of the ocean, a stealth fighter pilot, a mid-air collision, a jungle... Read more
Published on August 1, 2010 by Michael J. Tresca
4.0 out of 5 stars themeatnpotatoesofitall
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. Read more
Published on May 12, 2010 by Jesse S. Sconza
4.0 out of 5 stars Surfing the Web
Arachnid: 7 of 10: Maybe it's the puppets that I liked. It is nice to see a movie made in the 21st century that does not use horrible shiny CGI for its creatures. Read more
Published on July 29, 2009 by Julian Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Spiders that can be silly
This movie was supposed to be scary, it was more silly than anything.
The people more of less walked into the spiders webs with their eyes open, and one man even recorded his... Read more
Published on February 13, 2008 by Merry Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars If spiders were...
"If spiders were as large as man, humans would have been extinct long ago."

I think that just about sums it up...the flick...the movie..."Arachnid". Read more
Published on January 13, 2008 by PR GUY
4.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE BEING A DISSENTER --
ARACHNID was pure entertainment and never claimed to be any thing else.

Giant spiders? ya'll should meet them. See how far you run. Read more
Published on December 19, 2007 by M. Hartmann
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