Director: Mike Mendez
Cast: Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Clare Kramer
Production Company: Epic Pictures Group
Runtime: 80 minutes
Do you like movies about creepy crawlies growing to massive proportions and threatening the world? Many people do! There have been a lot of films with that premise released over the years, but only a few are as entertaining as Big Ass Spider! (2013).
In the movie, an exterminator (Greg Grunberg) and a security guard (Lombardo Boyar) face a mutated spider that is killing people in a hospital. The spider escapes, grows to massive size, and battles the military while terrorizing Los Angeles.
I knew I was in for something special when the action began even before the opening credits rolled. The special effects in that first scene alone were amazing, and were a good indication of the greatness to follow. The spider looks fantastic!
The main cast is excellent. Greg Grunberg from Tales of Halloween (2015), is funny and very likeable in the role of Alex Mathis. Lombardo Boyar from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) is also hilarious as Jose Ramos, and a wonderful sidekick for Grunberg’s character.
It was awesome to see Ray Wise from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) as a tough military leader with a heart of gold. Lin Shaye from Insidious (2010) and Lloyd Kaufman, creator of The Toxic Avenger (1994), both have notable cameo appearances.
The gore effects are definitely worth mentioning. The dead bodies, spider bites, and attack wounds all look very convincing. This film also has the best face melting sequence that I’ve seen in any movie since Raiders of the Lost Ark (1980)!
The movie was put together very well. The editing is smooth, and the lighting is very effective. The music by Ceiri Torjussen really helps to set the mood, and adds more excitement to the story. Shots from soldier helmet cams even help to make parts of the movie feel like a video game.
There’s just something special about giant spider movies. Tarantula (1955), Earth vs. the Spider (1958), The Giant Spider Invasion (1975), and Eight Legged Freaks (2002) all have that movie magic. Big Ass Spider! is a spectacular and welcome addition to the genre.
– John Migliore
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