Monster of the Day #1102 Updated on February 23, 2015 By Ken Begg 19 Comments Uhm, some joke about the ‘web.’ Tweet Pin It Related PostsMonster of the Day #1570 (May 25, 2017) Monster of the Day #1569 (May 24, 2017) Monster of the Day #1568 (May 23, 2017) Monster of the Day #1567 (May 22, 2017) Monster of the Day #1566 (May 19, 2017) By Ken Begg http://jabootu.net Flangepart “(Sigh) See, they never listen to the kid.” bgbear_rnh we’re going to need a bigger vacuum cleaner Eric Hinkle Ejght-Legged Freaks! Probably my favorite giant spider movie ever. Gamera977 Quick! Turn the TV to a Sci-Fi Channel original movie and then when the spider goes asleep you can escape! The Rev. Unless it’s Big-Ass Spider!; that’ll just entertain and encourage it! No, seriously, that one is fun. More fun than this one, I think, by a fair margin. Too many things grated on me when I saw this for me to really enjoy it. The jumping spider sequence and the attack in the mall were pretty good, but most of it I found stupid or annoying (the talking spiders in particular irritated me for some reason) or both (pretty much every character). Rock Baker Web of insults, maybe. I can think of few films so disappointing. I don’t ask much from a giant spider movie, so the fact that film had be increasingly, actively angry at it speaks volumes. Removing the painfully unfunny comedy and the gremlin noises made by the monsters would be a huge step in the right direction. Starting over from scratch would be an even better move. Fortunately, there’s always KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS. For that matter, even THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION was comparatively good! Think about what a sad statement that is… bgbear_rnh darn, now I have the “Peaceful Verdi Valley” earworm. Wade Harrell As an enthusiast of both spiders and movies about giant spiders I enjoyed this but there were a few things that “bugged” me (ha ha). One example is this particular spider, it was modeled on a “spitting spider”, family Scytodidae. These spiders capture prey by shooting venomous glue at their prey while rapidly moving side to side so the glue forms a zig-zag pattern and immobilizes its prey. When I saw this spider appear on screen I assumed we’d get to see that awesome ability in action, but no they just wrap people up in silk. Why even bother having a spitting spider in the movie? Also, there’s the main spiders featured in the climax, orb weaver spiders, which they even CALL orb weaving spiders, but instead of having them weave orb webs, they live in tunnels underground. This is like making a killer shark movie but putting the sharks on a mountaintop. There were a lot of squandered opportunities here. Rock Baker Ever notice how much that singer sounds like Ferlin Huskey on certain notes? bgbear_rnh hmmm, interesting comparison. I always assumed they were going for a Hoyt Akins kind of sound. Flangepart Sharks on a mountain has been done. I’m not surprised, mind you… I liked this one, as I never intended to take it seriously, so accepted it as is. Still, K of the S is highly riffable because of A: The Shatner, and B: it’s a straight ahead B-meister, and I got no problem with that. Wade Harrell Perhaps a killer shark movie where no one gets bitten would be a better analogy. At least the trapdoor spiders did pop out of trapdoors (but don’t ask how they dug the burrows in the middle of the street without being noticed). I liked it better than Arachnophobia anyway. Eric Hinkle “At least the trapdoor spiders did pop out of trapdoors (but don’t ask how they dug the burrows in the middle of the street without being noticed).” They were just outside a bar as I recall. That may have had something to do with everyone’s poor observation skills. Flangepart Also, there had to be spider remains from the bugs that were killed outside the caverns. The one run over by the station wagon for example. The Rev. RE: sharks on a mountain: Which movie is that? I find it hard to believe I missed a shark movie, but anything’s possible. RE: trapdoor spiders: I really liked that they had them, because they’re one of my favorite spiders. Then I wondered how they could’ve built so many nests so quickly with no one noticing. I’d already been on a knife edge regarding my feelings toward the movie; I believe that was the moment I threw up my hands and gave up on trying to be positive about the experience, more or less. Ericb Google “Avalanche Sharks” Wade Harrell I think it’s one of those all too frequent cases where they let their own addiction to the CGI technology get the better of them. It’s like they said “why just have one trapdoor spider popping out of a burrow when we can have the whole street perforated with them?” kgb_san_diego When I think about modern movies and stuff like this, I call it the “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” school of scriptwriting, where no actual script is developed. Instead, a bunch of guys sit around saying “Wouldn’t it be cool if we had trapdoor spiders?” “Yeah, but you know what would be even cooler? A whole street full of ’em!” (double sigh) The Rev. Well, I’ll be damned. Somehow Avalanche Sharks slipped my radar completely. I know I’m going to likely regret it, but I’ll be tracking it down, likely this weekend. It can’t be any worse than the similarly-themed Snow Sharks. At least, I hope not; that one was terrible.