Eight Legged Freaks is a 2002 American horror-comedy film directed by Ellory Elkayem and stars David Arquette, Kari Wührer, Scott Terra, and Scarlett Johansson.
In the quiet mining town of Prosperity, Arizona, an accident involving a rabbit causes a barrel of toxic waste to land in a reservoir. An exotic spider farmer named Joshua (Tom Noonan) has been making regular visits to the site, where he collects crickets for his spiders. Although the spiders have ingested the toxins, he is oblivious since the arachnids seem unaffected. Joshua shows Mike (Scott Terra), a local boy, his collection, which include Jumping spiders, Trapdoor spiders, Tarantulas, and orb-weavers, including a female orb-weaver named Consuela. After Mike leaves, Joshua is bitten by an escaped tarantula and accidentally knocks down the spider cages, causing him to be killed by the spiders. After devouring him, the spiders grow to even bigger proportions.
I have to say that I am a fan of campy horror movies. Boy is this a campy horror movie. This movie revels in the fact. It tries at all times to make fun of itself and does so with such grace that few other movies have managed. What I enjoy most about the movie is that it really takes the time to build an interesting story. Yes its a B movie but you really feel for each and every character. They are so much fun to watch on the screen that you really can’t take your eyes off them. If you want to watch something interesting then this is for you. From the first minute to the last… its well worth it. I am actually going to pull this out… and watch right now… good campiness…. ahhhh good campiness…