Eight Legged Freaks

Eight Legged Freaks

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Director: Ellory Elkayem

Cast: David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scott Terra


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Ellory Elkayem's campy horror film Eight Legged Freaks comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded bySee more details below


Ellory Elkayem's campy horror film Eight Legged Freaks comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Elkayem and lead actor David Arquette, a short film that inspired the feature, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and the theatrical trailer. This is a fine release for what it is, but the same extras are available on a disc that retains the original theatrical image. That edition is superior to this one.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A campy throwback to the "giant bug" movies of the '50s, Eight Legged Freaks employs top-flight special effects and tongue-in-cheek humor to bring this sci-fi subgenre up to date. And while director (and co-writer) Ellory Elkayem employs the self-referential dialogue and corny sight gags modern moviegoers have come to expect, he doesn't permit the buffoonery to take center stage. Eight Legged Freaks actually provides more scares and thrills than the drive-in-era "classics" it satirizes. The story unfolds in the sleepy desert town of Prosperity, Arizona, which is menaced by giant arachnids that have mutated through exposure to toxic waste. The local sheriff (Kari Wuhrer) and her teenage daughter (Scarlett Johansson) work to prevent a complete takeover by the bloodthirsty spiders, getting valuable help from Prosperity's prodigal son (David Arquette), who's just returned to his embattled hometown. Producer Dean Devlin, whose previous blockbusters include Independence Day, brings to this film considerable technical expertise, love for old-fashioned sci-fi flicks, and affection for the genre. The script follows a tried-and-true path but occasionally takes unexpected, hilarious detours. Elkayem walks the tightrope between humor and horror with perfect balance, and his actors go through their paces without condescending to the material, trusting the neophyte director to inject laughs where they'll be most effective. He succeeds admirably, making this medium-budget monster movie a rollicking romp you'll enjoy over and over again. The DVD edition sports a feature-length commentary by Elkayem, Devlin, Arquette, and supporting player Rick Overton; it also includes eight spider scenes deleted from the final cut, Elkayem's award-winning short film "Larger Than Life," and a featurette titled "Creepy Crawly Giants."
Washington Post - Stephen Hunter
Classic '50s monster stuff.
Boston Globe
As green-guts monster movies go, it's a beaut.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Full Frame]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature-length audio commentary by co-stars David Arquette and Rick Overton, director co-writer Ellory Elkayem and producer Dean Devlin; Eight spine-tingling additional scenes of spiders in action; Elkayem's award-winning short film "Larger Than Life"; "Creepy Crawly Giants" essay; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Star/director/writers film highlights; Scene access; Languages: English & Français (dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español; Enhanced features for your DVD-ROM PC: plug in to our "High-Voltage Spider-Killing Challenge"; Link to the original theatrical web site and other locations; Log in to future events

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Arquette Chris McCormack
Kari Wuhrer Sheriff Sam Parker
Scott Terra Mike
Scarlett Johansson Ashley
Doug E. Doug Harlan Griffith
Rick Overton Deputy Pete Willis
Leon Rippy Wade
Matt Czuchry Bret
Jay Arlen Jones Leon
Eileen Ryan Gladys
Riley Smith Randy
Matt Holwick Larry
Jane Edith Wilson Emma
Don Champlin Leroy
Jack Moore Amos, The Truck Driver
Roy Gaintner Floyd
John Christopher Storey Mark
David Waterman Norman
Randi Klein Waitress
Terey Summers Waitress
John Ennis Cop
Ryan C. Benson Cop
Bruiser Himself
Damon Intrabartolo Conductor

Technical Credits
Ellory Elkayem Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
John Alden Stunts
Jesse Alexander Screenwriter
Karen Baker Consultant/advisor
Pat Banta Stunts
John S. Bartley Cinematographer
Matthew G. Bekoff Set Decoration/Design
Brian Bennett Stunts
Bruce Berman Producer
Charles Breen Production Designer
Adley Brewer Stunts
Heather Broccoli Stunts
Kelly Brown Stunts
Charles Butcher Art Director
Michelle Ann Butler Stunts
Marcia Calosio Set Decoration/Design
Dave Castillo Stunts
CFX/Das Werk Special Effects
James M. Churchman Stunts
Kim Collea Makeup
Ron Colucci Special Effects
Steve Cummings Animator
Kawena Cushingham Stunts
Thomas Dadras Special Effects Supervisor
Matt Davies Animator
Dean Devlin Producer
Beverli Eagan Set Decoration/Design
Roland Emmerich Executive Producer
William Fay Executive Producer
Louie Franco Stunts
Mark Franco Executive Producer
Phil Fravel Special Effects
Alix Friedberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Geoco Sound/Sound Designer
Andy Gill Stunts
Phil Gorrell Special Effects
Karen E. Goulekas Special Effects Supervisor
Michael Green Camera Operator
Per Hallberg Consultant/advisor
Sherry Ham Stunts
John Hateley Stunts
Eddie Hice Stunts
Jim Holley Stunts
"Mad" Mike Jones Stunts
Thomas Kittle Special Effects
Randy Kornfield Original Story
Ken Kurras Animator
Patty Larkin Stunts
Mark Lasoff Animator
Patrick Miller Stunts
Rick Miller Stunts
Gail Monian Stunts
John Ottman Score Composer
Dave Rand Animator
Robert "Lucky" Rieker Special Effects
Paula Rosenberg Casting
David J. Siegel Editor
Julie Simpson Stunts
Vicki Sims Stunts
Leonard Suppes Stunts
Russell Tyrrell Special Effects,Stunts
Nicholas Vachon Stunts
Kelly Van Horn Co-producer
Mark Varner Stunts
Shelly Ward Stunts
April Webster Casting
Mark Williams Special Effects
Peter Winther Executive Producer
Lars P. Winther Asst. Director
Scott Wolf Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Wake Up, Prosperity.
2. Arac Attack.
3. Welcome Home.
4. Ticket Not to Ride.
5. Scene of a Misdemeanor.
6. Catastrophe.
7. Telling Sam.
8. Never Believe the Kid.
9. Exactly the Problem.
10. Ostrich Meat.
11. Close Shaves.
12. They're Coming!
13. Gladys Enmeshed.
14. Siege at Sam's.
15. Bob?!?
16. Splat Goes the Jumper.
17. Trailer Trashing.
18. Downtown Invasion.
19. Mall Mayhem.
20. Armed and Fragrant.
21. They're Here.
22. Slice 'N' Dice.
23. Close Quarters.
24. Into the Mines.
25. Cocoon Chamber.
26. Spider Queen.
27. Giving It the Gas.
28. The Truth.
29. End Credits.


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