DVD Review: Spiders (2013)

Spiders DVD CoverDistributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Tibor Takács

Starring: William Hope, Shelly Varod, Brian Hankey, Patrick Muldoon, Christa Campbell

You know you’re in for something truly special when a forensic scientist in a film about spiders that is called Spiders declares that spiders are insects and lay insect eggs. And that’s probably about the most memorable thing about this low-rent monster B-movie that features Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers), Christa Campbell (The Iceman) and William Hope (Aliens/Hellbound: Hellraiser II), presumably all wondering where it went wrong for them.

Amazingly, despite looking like one, this isn’t a creature feature made by SyFy but anybody who found joy in the likes of Sharknado, Dragon Wasps or Piranhaconda will likely have a field day with this one, where a Soviet space station crashes into the New York subway releasing a strain of mutant spiders with alien DNA that grow to gigantic proportions and threaten to destroy the city.

Sounds okay on paper but there’s too much concentration on the ‘plot’ and trying to build up the main characters to be people we can identify with and it’s about 40 minutes until the first decent view of any CGI spiders which, in a movie with a running time of 86 minutes, means a lot of unnecessary and badly written dialogue. It may be over-critical in a movie about giant alien spiders attacking New York to worry about silly dialogue delivered badly but when that’s all you have for the majority of the film then you have to wonder where the majority of the $7 million budget went because it wasn’t on scriptwriters or special effects, and secondary actors from old sci-fi/horror films can’t demand that much for their salary. To be fair, it picks up a bit towards the end but by that point you probably won’t care.

Spiders

Special Features: Web of Terror: The Making of Spiders 3D featurette, cast & crew interviews.

UK Release Date: 14th October 2014

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