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I just loved this movie, because it was so much like those older gems, and it fulfilled those childhood fantasies of heroism and the good guy always wins!
A college newspaper reporter is convinced that aliens exist and that the government has been hiding the fact. But when she heads to a secret government facility that is supposedly abandoned, she finds far more than she was expecting.
First off, a shuttle that supposedly burned up on re-entry lands at the base. The crew are dead in horrendous ways. Then the Men in Black show up. They are obviously cruel and cold-blooded.
Trying to avoid discovery, she and her friends hide in a truck and find themselves far underground beneath the facility. There they discover aliens, Apollo missions that were never reported, and a project to mix alien DNA with that of spiders. Then things get really tense.
Fun, fast and with some true jump-out-of-your-0seat moments, this is an above average monster flick with excellent effects and a solid storyline.
There’s just something about panicking crowds fleeing a several storey tall giant mutant spider that makes me chuckle appreciatively.
The title of “Spiders” is a bit of a misnomer though, “Spider” (singular instead of plural) would be more apt – but that is already the title of an arty David Cronenberg movie starring one of the Fiennes brothers (I forgot which one). We never really get to see more than one spider at a time unfortunately – think “Eight Legged Freaks” but with severe budget cuts and you’ll know what I mean.
The spider in question is aptly named ‘Mother-in-Law’ (ho, ho) and is the product of NASA injecting alien DNA into a tarantula spider. (Now you Yanks know where your tax money is going to . . .) All of this is done in the weightlessness of space aboard the space shuttle, Solaris.
Oh, I should have told you: “Spiders” is filled with unexpected movie in-jokes and humor, which is sort of nice since its makers obviously knew that they were making a silly creature feature B-movie and decided to have some fun with it all. Along the way we have aliens from Alpha Centauri with New Jersey accents, the truth about the ultimate fate of Jim Morrison and John F. Kennedy and even lines stolen from other movies
The space shuttle Solaris is however struck by a solar flare (oh, the irony!) and Mother-in-Law escapes, and promptly starts killing off the astronauts. Solaris loses control and has to make an emergency crash landing at a top secret Area 51-like facility imaginatively called Area 21.
Having no doubt seen “Capricorn One”, NASA however tells the public that the shuttle has burned up in Earth’s atmosphere.Read more ›
That out of the way, let's talk about Lana Parrilla for a moment. I seriously wish all of the people who watched this movie and wrote reviews way back in like 2001 could see her now. For an actress who started out here, she's grown and proven her talent, even if most of the projects she's been in have never been that successful. But if you find yourself coming back to this, or if you stumbled on it without knowing who Lana is: go watch Once Upon a Time. Seriously. You'll see why she's literally the one redeeming quality of this film, even if those weren't her best acting days.
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Marci is a college reporter. She prints stories about government conspiracies and alien life forms.
Her investigation of space shuttle crash leads her to a secret base. Read more
I love Lana Parrilla!! Being that she's the main character and I love SciFi, I had to get it! Its a little cheesy, but her acting is superb. If you love her, I highly recommend it!Published 1 month ago by Cindy Decker
This was a good movie that somehow went under the radar. It has good special effects, good characters, and a decent enough story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eduardo Rodulfo
Love this movie...It has one of my FAVORITE actresses Lana Parrilla in itPublished 7 months ago by Dawnie
Too gory! Minus the gore it was entertaining. The young college female reporter was irritating in the beginning of the move, but when the going got tough, she got going.Published 10 months ago by Ondreyus Dotson
An experiment gone awry (most do). This one happens in space during a NASA shuttle mission. There's a solar flare and a spider reluctant to take another hypo to the rear. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Einsatz
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