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Big Ass Spider (2013)

It doesn't get much better than this, does it?

Big Ass Spider


A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.


Surprisingly, at least to me, was that the effects in Big Ass Spider are actually pretty solid. Looking at the initial presentation of the film it looks like it's going to come off cheap. Asylum cheap. Tongue in cheek cheap. But they've actually gone for laugh with it, not at it.


Starring Greg Grunberg (Heroes) as the (excuse my pun) unlikely hero, the film works exceptionally well. Grunberg plays unassuming exterminator Alex Mathis, partnered with Lombardo Boyar (Murder in the First) as bumbling security guard Jose Ramos, who take on the titular spider - an escaped extra terrestrial.

Lombardo Boyar / Greg Grunberg

Action comedy at it's heart with splatters of science fiction and horror Grunberg - rarely a leading man - carries the film well. A supporting cast including Ray Wise and Lin Shaye doesn't hurt either.

The film moves at pace, barely giving the viewer time to breathe between action and horror, and neither Grunburg nor Boyar miss a single comedy beat.

The spider. Eep.

I personally am not a fan of the ol' arachnids myself. I've yet to see Arachnophobia, in fact. But that doesn't matter. This is good, silly, giant spider action. There's nothing skin crawling here. Just good fun.

In fact, I highly recommend it, and would love to see Grunberg and Boyar reprise their roles for a sequel.

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