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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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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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I actually really enjoyed this movie. You can't go wrong with giant critters and attractive ladies, right? I don't understand all the negative reviews. Read morePublished 4 months ago by westicles
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 morePublished 22 months ago by Einsatz
This film is full of suspense, drama and horror. If you don't like spiders, don't bother to see the movie!Published on October 8, 2013 by Patrick Robinson
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 morePublished on September 20, 2012 by Darkalo
this movie is good it has
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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 morePublished on August 1, 2010 by Michael J. Tresca
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 morePublished on May 12, 2010 by Jesse S. Sconza
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 morePublished on July 29, 2009 by Julian Kennedy
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
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