SPIDER IN THE ATTIC (2021) Review of British horror – now free to watch online

 

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‘There’s nothing ‘itsy bitsy’ about it’

Spider in the Attic is a 2021 British horror film about a deadly nest of nasty big arachnids lurking in a dead scientist’s country cottage.

Unfortunately, the nest’s creepy crawly creatures are about to be awoken by a failing radio broadcaster, her sceptic colleagues and daughters. Initially known as Spider from the Attic

Written and directed by Scott Jeffrey (The MutationBad Nun: Deadly VowsDon’t SpeakCupidClownDoll) and co-produced by Rhys Waterfield (Dinosaur Hotel; Dragon Fury).

The Jagged Edge Productions movie stars  Nicola Wright (Exorcist VengeanceThe Curse of Humpty DumptyHatchedAmityville Cornfield), Kate Sandison (Bats; Dinosaur Hotel; Rise of the Mummy; Medusa: Queen of the Serpents), Sarah Alexandra Marks (Exorcist Vengeance) and Chelsea Greenwood.

The soundtrack score was composed by Andy Fosberry (Crocodile Vengeance; The Legend of Jack and Jill; Easter KillingThe MutationHatched).

Cast and characters:

Nicola Wright … Linda Buxton
Chelsea Greenwood … Belle Buxton
Sarah Alexandra Marks … Lucy Buxton
Clint Gordon … Daniel aka Danny
Kate Sandison … Shauna Rowe
Danielle Scott … Lorena Taplin
Chris Cordell … Doctor George Zizerman

Filming locations:

Pekes Manor House, Chiddingly, Hailsham, East Sussex

Technical details:

83 minutes

Trailer:

Full film free to watch online:

MOVIES and MANIA says:

Anyone expecting exciting arachnid action will be sorely disappointed by Spider in the Attic. But, given that this is a Scott Jeffrey production that can surely be no surprise? Indeed, after a few fleeting moments of a CGI spider at the start, it’s 28 minutes in until we briefly see a couple of the oddly-shaped spiders for a few seconds. Predictably, the film immediately then reverts back to a tiresome pregnancy/relationship drama that surely no one is in the slightest bit interested in. Beyond the domestic drama, the main characters’ actions and decisions are head-shakingly daft.

There’s a brief mention of the dead scientist being a Nazi and something about the arachnids being extraterrestrial but nothing is ever clear or explained. As usual, Nicola Wright’s performance is markedly better than the rest of the cast although, again, what she was given to work with is pitiful.

Even more pitiful are some early scenes set at a radio station that would make Ed Wood blush: a couple of dining room chairs are placed against something that doesn’t even approximate an office work desk whilst the actors are surrounded by cheapo dividers to mask where it’s really shot. Surely an IKEA work desk and a couple of office chairs could have been borrowed for an hour?

Some of the recent movies Jeffrey has overseen as a producer, such as It Came from Below and Medusa, have shown more promise but this illogical, miserable and dispiriting effort is sadly and firmly a return to the likes of his dire Rise of the Mummy and The Leprechaun’s Game efforts. Spiders onscreen always have such great potential, whatever their size or shape. Just not in Scott Jeffreys’ realm, alas.

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