Eight Legged Freaks (Warner Brothers, 2002)
Eight Legged Freaks is a 2002 horror monster comedy action film directed by Ellory Elkayem and starring David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scott Terra, and Scarlett Johansson. The plot follows a colony of spiders that are exposed by toxic waste, causing them to mutate into gigantic, monstrous creatures and attack a small American mining town. The film was dedicated to the memory of several people: Lewis Arquette, father of David Arquette, who had died in 2001 from a heart failure, and Don Devlin and Pilar Seurat, the parents of producer Dean Devlin, who died of lung cancer in 2000 and 2001, respectively.
Director Ellory Elkayem got the idea from his 1997 short film, Larger Than Life, which also handled a spider-fighting storyline. The film was originally titled Arach Attack (under which it was released in some parts of Europe and other countries around the world) but the similarity to “Iraq Attack” made the title seem inappropriate so near the start of the Iraq War. The title Eight Legged Freaks is a line that Arquette ad-libbed in the movie: “Get back, you eight-legged freaks!”