Please excuse me using the word “ass” in this post. It’s actually the movie’s title, not to mention the spider in the film IS a big ass spider. LOL!
I enjoy doing movie reviews. Some movies really stand out to me and I cannot wait to review them.
When I first heard of the film Big Ass Spider I thought it was going to be long the lines of a made for TV movie, like this horrible ones you find on the Syfy Channel, like Sharknado. Let’s face it, that has to be one of THE WORST films ever made.
To be honest, my initial thoughts about Big Ass Spider is that it was going to be a ridiculous film. That is until I saw the trailer.
After viewing the trailer I started to change my initial thoughts about the film. Could a film title Big Ass Spider actually be good?
Big Ass Spider stars Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Felicity, The Client List) as Alex Mathis, a Los Angeles based pest exterminator. Alex knows a thing or two about pests. He also has a soft spot in his heart and is willing to help out clients on his day off and get paid in fruitcake.
After helping out one of his wacky clients Alex is accidently bitten by a spider. He’s not phased by it. He gets bit often due to his line of work.
While he was in line waiting to pay off his hefty hospital bill (hopefully they accept fruitcake as payment – ha ha) he over hears the hospital mortician telling the hospital director about something in the morgue that bit him.
Alex makes a deal with the hospital. He’ll exterminate the unwanted critter in exchange for his hospital bill being voided. The hospital director agrees and sends along one of the security guards, Jose, to accompany him.
As Alex is off trying to hunt down what bit the mortician, the military move into the hospital and take control. Something they are trying to contain has made it’s way into the hospital.
Alex finds the spider in the hospital basement. Just before he’s about to become the spider’s latest victim the spider is shot by Lieutenant Karly Brant. Alex has an instant attraction to Karly. Karly is clearly not interested in Alex. She’s interested in finding, and destroying, a rouge spider whose genetics were accidently altered when it was mixed with alien DNA.
The military wants Alex and Jose to leave the hospital after the incident – that they will take over from this point out. Alex doesn’t want to give up that easily. He thinks if he can find and destroy the spider he would impress Lieutenant Brant enough that she would agree to go out with him. There is just one BIG problem… the spider is continually growing by leaps and bounds, consuming people along the way. The spider is also impervious to regular weapons. How can Alex stop this beast when all he has is a few cans of bug spray?
How can this unlikely hero save the day and win over his crush? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Big Ass Spider, available on Blu-ray and DVD January 7, 2014. It’s also currently available on Video on Demand.
Big Ass Spider is rated PG-13 and the run time is about 85 minutes.
The DVD comes with a few bonus features including the film’s premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, a brief interview with the cast and the film’s trailers (theatrical, international and TV spot).
To my surprise this film was very entertaining. Its a comedy, action, horror and Sci-fi film all rolled up into one.
This film might not be Oscar worthy, but it was entertaining. I enjoyed it and I would definitely watch it again and again.
The special effects were pretty cool. Some of the spider scenes were less than realistic, but most of the film’s special effects were pretty cool.
I should note that I hate spiders. I don’t kill them when I see the (unless I have no choice). I try and capture and release them. But I do have “issues” with some spiders. My mom died from complications from a Brown Recluse Spider bite. 🙁
There are some graphic scenes that show melted faces and people getting stabbed by the spider. If you hate spiders and you are not into “blood and guts” you might want to skip this film.
You can learn more about the film on it’s official website, BigAssSpider.com. You can also check it out on Facebook (BigAssSpider) and Twitter (@BigAssSpider). The official hashtag is #BigAssSpider.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.