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EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS


"'Eight Legged Freaks' may be the movie that people were hoping for when they went to see 'Men in Black II'...[it] has laughs, thrills, wit and scary monsters, and is one of those goofy movies like 'Critters' that kids itself and gets away with it...The movie's director, Ellory Elkayem, has a sure comic touch... I like the way he keeps the characters likable and daffy, and positions the spiders just this side of satire...And I liked the way the cute sheriff dismisses her daughter's spider ravings as 'media-induced paranoid delusional fantasies'... 'Eight Legged Freaks' is clever and funny, is amused by its special effects, and leaves you feeling like you've seen a movie instead of an endless trailer." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"...stalls on laughs once the big joke has been established: A citizenry raised on movies like 'Them!'' and 'Tarantula'' is the toughest to convince that there really are outsize arachnids in town." --Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"'Freaks' strains to succeed as a piece of well-intentioned camp, but those sweat stains in the armpits and that dew dammed up over its eyebrows is more evident than the laughs it produces...'Freaks' is mercifully unpretentious, and whisks through its abbreviated running time. Its director, Ellory Elkayem, keeps the action pinging... runs out of gas scarily fast--its one-joke premise lends itself more to a short than a feature." -- Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

"Less substantive than a bucket of popcorn, 'Eight Legged Freaks' is neither particularly funny nor especially scary. But it's so cheerfully silly, you may just have fun with it anyway...if you're even remotely in the mood for a mental challenge, you'll have to look elsewhere." --Elizabeth Weitzman, The New York Daily News

"...the movie is so unapologetic in its crassness that it disarms even the fussiest connoisseur of throwaway disaster flicks...'Eight Legged Freaks' fulfills your giant bug movie needs with an agreeable blend of shtick and stickiness." --Gene Seymour, Newsday