Director: Griff Furst
Starring: Tracey Gold, Edward Furlong, Bug Hall, Ethan Phillips, Olivia Hardt
The world will quake in fear
An earthquake in New Orleans unleashed hordes of white spiders who is not very friendly to humans. The spiders come in all kind of sizes and they have such power as running on water and breathing fire.
Another original Syfy production for us all to enjoy! This one doesn’t even try to be scary or horror at all. It almost plays like a spoof on any other movie Syfy has made in the last years.
Arachnoquake stars a very tired looking Edward Furlong (American History X, Terminator 2), the ageing but still lovely Tracey Gold (The Willies, Growing Pains) and some other actors that no one would recognize unless they know them in real life. Their characters aren’t really important and there isn’t any notable character development, so I don’t feel the need to write anything about them. It is directed by Griff Furst who also did such movies as Swamp Shark, Lake Placid 3 and Wolvesbayne. He is starting to build up quite an impressive filmography of cult movies.
The spiders look crappy, even more than expected actually. Even spider movies from the 50’s/60’s/70’s looked better than these CGI spiders. Is the old school methods really that much more expensive than today’s computer effects? Or is it just laziness? Some of the spiders also seems to enter humans, while most don’t. I’m not sure what the plan with that was, none it didn’t go anywhere really.
I was surprised to see one of the leads die in this movie considering that it is a very happy and campy flick. All the characters hints at some sort of backstory which is never fully explored. There are some funny scenes in this, the finale is great camp fun when a giant spider climbs a building King Kong style. At the end we also learn that the spiders are linked telepathically aswell, another thing that isn’t explained or explored earlier in the film.
Arachnoquake tries to emulate the same type of atmosphere and fun that where present in 50’s monster movies such as Tarantula! and Them! I don’t think it holds up compared to those classics and I found this one to be just ok. It will be enjoyable for people who like to laugh at Syfy movies or people who are… well, very drunk.