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Lavalantula (2015)

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Volcanic eruptions in Los Angeles unleash a swarm of gigantic, lava-breathing tarantulas.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Guttenberg ... Colton West
Nia Peeples ... Olivia West
Patrick Renna ... Chris
Carlos Bernard ... Interrogator
Michael Winslow ... Marty
Marion Ramsey ... Teddie
Leslie Easterbrook ... Doris
Ralph Garman ... Pirate Jack
Danny Woodburn ... Arni
Noah Hunt Noah Hunt ... Wyatt West
Diana Hopper ... Jordan
Time Winters ... Dr. Eric Von Struble
Ian Ziering ... Fin Shepard
Leigh Whannell ... Director
Zac Goodspeed Zac Goodspeed ... Travis
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Storyline

With the old days of glamour long forgotten, Colton West, the once-popular movie star and action hero from the 90s, is now reduced to acting in low-budget movies about horrific bugs. But when suddenly, a swarm of earthquakes hits Southern California, a string of unprecedented events, chaos, and lava will give birth to a new breed of lava-breathing arachnids, forcing Colton to find his family before it's too late. Once more, this intrepid man of action will have to do what he knows best, armed only with a shotgun and the will to survive. However, what can a single man do against an endless army of monstrous Lavalantulas? Written by Nick Riganas

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Fire Burns... Lava Bites!


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lavalantula See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Cinetel Films, Syfy See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Trivia

Steve Guttenberg accepted a part in this movie, after expressing regret at turning down the lead role in Sharknado (2013), which turned out to be a cult hit. See more »

Goofs

During one of the news scenes detailing the bus explosion, they show fire trucks in front of a multi-story building. This scene appears to be from an east-coast city such as New York, based on the trees and lack of foliage. See more »

Quotes

Doris: You okay?
Olivia West: I don't know. Colton was just here, and he was ranting about some kind of a disaster, and it actually shook me up a little.
Doris: Earthquakes, fires, rolling blackouts, mudslides, the Governator. We're Californians. We've been through worse.
Olivia West: Yeah, I guess.
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References Alien (1979) See more »

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Oh, what a Sholock! What a lovely Shlock!
21 September 2015 | by room102See all my reviews

A made for TV shlock by Syfy about giant lava spiders. You know what you're in for and you get exactly what you expect.

Steve Guttenberg (yes, he's still alive! He was unfrozen from the 80's) is an ex-famous actor, that somehow keeps getting into the TV news every 10 minutes. He encounters giant lava spiders, bad actors and terrible script and has to face them all - will he succeed?

The wooden direction and bad effects make the phrase "disaster movie" get more than one meaning. Terrible dialog, bad acting by the entire cast and awful direction - from staring into the wrong direction of the next effect shot, news anchor that is taken straight from a 70's students class of acting, car driving with exaggerated steering motions of the wheel which you haven't seen since the 60's, and up to a cop that stands behind a news reporter and keeps null signaling people who walk on the street. You simply have to watch this one.

This movie is wonderfully terrible and it goes straight into the "so bad it's good" list. Watch it with your friends, watch it when you're drunk, watch it when you're unconscious - you'll get a good time. Great stuff!

To its credit, the movie is self-aware (there is a hilarious cameo that I won't spoil for you) and it's not a "San Andreas" blockbuster-budget movie that takes itself seriously.

Conveniently, the movie is just 79 minutes long, but the last third changes from "so bad it's good" to just "bad" and finally to jumping the shark (or the spider).

Believe it or not, there is already a planned sequel.


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