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Comes The Ultimate Crawling Terror!
In the deserts of the Middle East, a platoon of soldiers is terrorized by a gang of large, fast and deadly arachnids called Camel Spiders. The soldiers escape the deadly attack but accidently transport several of the evil beasts with them to the American southwest. An Army Captain (Brian Krause of ''Charmed''), a small-town Sheriff (C. Thomas Howell of ''Southland'' and The Amazing Spider-Man), and a desperate group of locals and tourists must survive a frightening infestation of crawling carnage. Diana Terranova (Get Him to the Greek), GiGi Erneta (Raptor) and Jon Mack (Mongolian Death Worm) co-star in this cult classic from director Jay Andrews (Dinocroc vs. Supergator). Based on the actual creatures that have tormented the Armed Forces for decades, get ready for all the leaping, screeching, face-ripping horror of CAMEL SPIDERS!
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The spiders are about the size of a cat. No one steps on them or crushes them. They can outrun a human and leap 6 feet into the air. They are very aggressive and always attack people's head...or crotch in one case. There are a number of groups of people trapped by the spiders, who for some reason hunt humans as pack animals. The spiders appear to be CG as are the flames from the guns.
C. Thomas Howell plays the local sheriff and is not the main character. Brian Krause is the main character. The dialouge was unimaginative and boring as were the characters tossed at us.
Little girl: "Mom, are we going to die?"
Mom: "No we're not going to die. We are going to be just fine.
Little girl: "Well, then can you and daddy get back together?"
At one point we hear "Technically they are not spiders because they have six legs." If you count the legs: eight.
The film reminded me of that old fashion Roger Corman over the top bad scenes. 2 stars is generous. Might work as a rental for the early tween.
No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Mild swearing, teens making out, rear urination scene, occasional blood squirt.
The film begins in an unspecified desert in the Middle East (think Afghanistan) as American soldiers are in a firefight with enemy forces who again are unspecified but think Taliban. As the bullets fly the giant spiders crawl out of the ground to see what the commotion is and proceed to kill the enemy soldiers, dragging the bodies away leaving the Americans, and we the viewer, completely puzzled. The commanding officer Captain Sturges is wounded and earns a trip home, along with the body of a fellow soldier killed in action. But a handful of spiders hitch a ride home in the soldier’s coffin, ala Arachnophobia.
As the Captain and Sgt Shelly Underwood are transporting the body through the Arizona desert (which looks suspiciously like the Middle Eastern desert but one’s just like the other, right?) their truck crashes, spilling the coffin and its stowaways which have grown much larger. The soldiers are lead into town by Sheriff Beaumont (C. Thomas Howell). While having lunch at the local diner, the restaurant comes under attack by the spiders which have hulked up to the size of an average terrier. What’s more these things have a bite which instantly kills their prey. Now, these spiders are not said to be the result of radiation or a military experiment gone awry. No, we’re supposed to believe they have always been there and been this large. And you thought Afghanistan was a crappy place to live before! The survivors flee to an abandoned industrial plant to make a final stand against the horde of Solifugae (that’s the technical name for the species…never let it be said I don’t do my homework).
Camel Spiders is about as dumb a film as you could ever be unfortunate enough to encounter. Bad dialog delivered by bad actors with CGI that makes most SyFy channel films look they were produced by George Lucas. This is videogame quality CGI circa the mid 1990s as the spiders don’s so much walk along the desert floor as they do glide. Conveniently the soldiers had a crate full of assault rifles so they could arm all the civilians. Yet as they are fleeing in a pickup truck have of them are aiming up in the air. I double-checked…none of the spiders were flying. There are times when you see a character totally surround by the spiders and in the next scene the spiders are gone. Even worse, the fate of two college students who were fleeing the spiders is never resolved. It’s like they ran out of film so said “ah screw it!”
This is pure, disposable entertainment. 40 – 50 years ago this is the kind of film that was shown as part of a double feature in less prominent theaters or drive-ins. Today they go direct-to-video.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
GOT THE BEST VIBES FROM THE BRILLIANT ACTING & THE SPIDERS WERE TOP NOTCH.
EVERY FILM SHOULD BE THIS EXCELLENT.