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Big Ass Spider! (2013)

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A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.

Director:

Mike Mendez

Writer:

Gregory Gieras
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Cast

Cast overview:
Greg Grunberg ... Alex Mathis
Lin Shaye ... Mrs. Jefferson
Ruben Pla ... Carl The Mortician
Alexis Kendra ... Nurse Lisa (as Alexis Peters)
Lombardo Boyar ... Jose Ramos
Bob Bledsoe ... Director Harris
Eben Kostbar Eben Kostbar ... Lead Technician
Ray Wise ... Major Braxton C. Tanner
Clare Kramer ... Lt. Karly Brant
Patrick Bauchau ... Dr. Lucas
Kerry O'Quinn Kerry O'Quinn ... Elderly Patient (as Kerry Hedick O'Quinn)
Adam Gierasch ... Homeless Man
Bobby C. King ... Lead Operative
James Mathis III ... Street Cop
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A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.

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10 stories high and very hungry.


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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2014 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Mega Spider See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the segment 'Sweet Tooth' from Tales of Halloween (2015) Greg Grunberg and Clare Krame reprise their roles of Alex Mathis and Lt. K Brandt-Mathis, now a married couple with a son. Grunberg is also seen wearing the same exterminator coveralls he wore in 'Big Ass Spider!' See more »

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Greg Grunberg's character refers to the spider several times as "poisonous". The correct term is "venomous". Being an exterminator, he would know the difference. See more »

Quotes

Alex Mathis: Let's do it for the kids!
Jose Ramos: Let's do it for the kids...
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Part-way through the credits, the Major interrupts and asks the hero for help with a different major insect problem. See more »

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Spoofs Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973) See more »

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Mimma
Written by Herman Beeftink (BMI)
Published by Weaseldog Music (BMI)
Performed by Los Amigos De Rancheros
Courtesy of Elite Source Music
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Good effects, but tries too hard to be funny
5 November 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

BIG ASS SPIDER! is a giant spider comedy/horror spoof following in the tradition of other arachnid comedies like EIGHT-LEGGED FREAKS. This one's an unashamed B-movie, gently riffing on genre conventions while playing out exactly the same as you'd expect, although it's noticeably more comedic than something The Asylum would churn out.

It was the comedic nature of this film that I wasn't really a fan of. If the comedy had been a little less over the top and the performances a little less theatrical then I would have enjoyed it more, but as it stands this goes way over the top in its attempts to be goofy. The central exterminator duo are particularly testing and unfortunately dragged the entertainment value right down for me. They just didn't appeal and their jokes felt stale and repetitive.

It's a shame, as BIG ASS SPIDER! boasts some very impressive CGI effects, which are a lot better than in similar fare put out by the SyFy Channel or The Asylum. Plus, the excellent Korean monster flick THE HOST appears to have been an inspiration here, particularly in a set-piece sequence where the giant spider rampages in the park which plays out almost exactly the same as in that movie. It's the highlight of an otherwise mediocre outing.


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