BIG ASS SPIDER! (2013) Reviews and free to watch online (UK only)

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Big Ass Spider! is a 2013 science-fiction comedy horror film about a giant alien spider that rampages across Los Angeles.

Directed by Mike Mendez (The Gravedancers; Lavalantula; Tales of Halloween) from a screenplay written by Gregory Gieras (Day of Reckoning; Centipede!; Dark Asylum).

The movie stars Greg Grunberg (Star Trek Beyond; Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens; Tales of Halloween; The Darkroom), Lin Shaye, Ruben Pla, Alexis Kendra, Lombardo Boyar, Bob Bledsoe, Clare Kramer (The Gravedancers) and Ray Wise (Night of the Living Deb; Halloweed; Dead Still). 

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When a giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages across the city of Los Angeles, it is up to one clever exterminator and his security guard sidekick to kill the creature before the entire city is destroyed…


Big Ass Spider! never scales the ecstatic heights of the very best scary-funny creep-out movies, like Joe Dante’s Piranha and James Gunn’s delirious Slither, but it has a winning, can-do spirit, and the actors strike just the right note of being in on the joke without sneering at the material — especially Grunberg, who plays Adam as a kind of latter-day Ralph Kramden, a blue-collar dreamer with a hero complex who finally gets his moment to shine.” Variety

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“… movies like Big Ass Spider! and its ilk (Bitch SlapHobo with a Shotgun, etc.) actively contradict themselves by admonishing the ambition of the aesthetes they wish to honor and misconstruing their eccentricities as deficiencies—or worse, they implement camp with a false sense of superiority, positing themselves as progressive because of their intentionality.” Slant Magazine

“The second half is pretty much non-stop action, with the ever-increasing spider on screen for most of the time, whether it’s rampaging through a park […] or dispatching a whole load of soldiers in a ‘Found Footage’-influenced scene which seems to satirise that genre.” Horror Cult Films


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Big Ass Spider is considerably more appealing than most of what passes for an independently-produced monster movie these days, and yes, I’m looking at you, SyFy Channel and Asylum Entertainment … Call it slight or silly, but don’t call it stupid. Judged solely on the scale of Giant Spider Cinema, the slick and satisfying Big Ass Spider ranks surprisingly high…” FEARnet

Cast and characters:

Greg Grunberg … Alex Mathis
Lin Shaye … Mrs Jefferson
Ruben Pla … Carl The Mortician
Alexis Kendra … Nurse Lisa (as Alexis Peters)
Lombardo Boyar … Jose Ramos
Bob Bledsoe … Director Harris
Eben Kostbar … Lead Technician
Ray Wise … Major Braxton C. Tanner
Clare Kramer … Lt. Karly Brant
Patrick Bauchau … Doctor Lucas
Kerry O’Quinn … Elderly Patient (as Kerry Hedick O’Quinn)
Adam Gierasch … Homeless Man
Bobby C. King … Lead Operative
James Mathis III … Street Cop
Chaton Anderson … Girl with the rack (uncredited)
Shaked Berenson … Self (uncredited)
Mary Czerwinski … Victim (uncredited)
Dana Davidson … Nurse / Patient (uncredited)
Jennifer Gonzalez … Doctor / Victim (uncredited)
Joseph Hui … Cocoon Victim (uncredited)
Andrew Kasch … Cocoon Victim (uncredited)
Lloyd Kaufman … Jogger (uncredited)
Benjamin Michael Marsh … Nurse / Victim (uncredited)
Sarah Oliver … Cocoon Victim (uncredited)
Peter Podgursky … Paramedic (uncredited)
Blake Reigle … Nurse (uncredited)
Shannon Robles … Civilian (uncredited)
David Rosiak … Terrified Civilian (uncredited)
Dylan Shmueli … SWAT Operative (uncredited)
Staci Layne Wilson … Cocoon Victim (uncredited)

Technical details:

80 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1
Audio: Dolby

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