CAMEL SPIDERS (2011) Reviews and overview

 

Camel Spiders is a 2011 American made-for-television science fiction horror feature film directed by Jim Wynorski and executive produced by Roger Corman. The movie stars Brian Krause and C. Thomas Howell.

Creatures that for years have been rumoured to torment armed forces in the Middle East are inadvertently introduced to the southwestern deserts of the United States. The camel spiders now freely hunt for prey, unafraid of any predator – including man. No place is safe no one is beyond their paralyzing sting. In the end, a small band of hearty fighters is forced to make one last stand against the creatures…

“It’s not the most inventive creature feature currently on the market, but you could definitely do a lot worse. I’d pay a whole dollar just to watch C. Thomas Howell shoot spiders while wearing a cowboy hat. Sure, the mustache is a nice touch, but it’s really all about the cowboy hat. Fans of Arachnophobia and Tremors will probably appreciate it the most.” Beyond Hollywood

“In what is an obvious SyFy style movie, Camel Spiders had a strong premise in a grotesque villain, but virtually all good will is lost. I was actually on board and kind of enjoying the film for about 45 minutes, despite how silly and bad it was. Someone slammed the brakes hard though, as the last 50 minutes ground by slowly…” Film School Rejects

“On one hand it has all the goofy dialogue and airy dry spells you’d expect from a low-budget horror flick about giant spiders that attack a small town, and on the other: Camel Spiders does follow a simplistically enjoyable formula.” FearNet

“Unlike flashier, more tongue-in-cheek fare like Sharktopus or Mega-Piranha, Camel Spiders takes itself a hundred-percent seriously while also being phenomenally incompetent. It’s one of the few Syfy movies I’ve seen that could literally be a relic from the 50’s – since most of the action takes place at an old diner, the setting need not even change.” Pop Culture Ninja

“But, and this is one of the places I missed the Corman touch, no subversive stories are being told in all the silliness. It really is just a story of a threat from the outside that must be defeated. The message in the end is that trust in the military and national unity can overcome the foreigners, I mean the spiders.” Pop Matters

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