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By Chad Smart
@chadsmart & @my123cents on Twitter
As I wrote about a few
months ago, thanks to Movie Pass, I have seen more movies this year in the
theater than ever before. I will see just about anything. Earlier this week
when I was looking at the schedules for the local theaters, I saw a movie I
wasn’t familiar with was playing at one of the Independent theaters, which has
become one of my favorites. I knew nothing about the movie besides the title: Big Ass Spider. Now, if one of my
friends had asked me if I wanted to see a movie called Big Ass Spider, the first words out of my mouth would have been,
when and where? There really are
no other words needed in that situation. <>
Big Ass Spider only had one showing for the night so there was no debate needed to
decide when to see the movie. I got to the theater around 9:40 for the 9:55
screening. Took my seat and was surprised at the turnout. Normally when I go
see an Indie film few people probably know about, there are only maybe 1-5
other people in the theater. Outside of a premiere screening of Free Samples and a screening of “The Package which included a post movie
Q&A with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, the audience for Big Ass Spider was the biggest I’ve seen. <>
It is a big ass spider
The title pretty much tells
you all you need to know about the movie. There is literally a Big Ass Spider on the loose in Los
Angeles. An Army squadron led by Ray Wise, is trying to exterminate the spider,
but it’s professional exterminator Alex Mathis (played by Greg Grunberg) who
can predict where the spider will go next because Alex knows how to think like
a spider. Along with his sidekick Jose,
the “Hispanic Robin,” it’s up to Alex to save Los Angeles before the
spider can lay her eggs and unleash total havoc on the city of angels. <>
While one can look at the
title and watch the trailer for Big Ass Spider
and think it’s perfect fodder for Twitter jokes like SyFy’s recent hit Sharknado, Big Ass Spider actually shows a competent, genuinely entertaining
movie about abnormal animal behavior can be made. <>
I was pleasantly surprised
how much I enjoyed the first half of Big
Ass Spider. It had well crafted suspense when Alex was hunting for the
spider in the basement of a hospital and the comedic relief was actually funny
without relying on lowbrow humor.
Once the spider grew into Big Ass size, the movie was hindered by some
cheesy looking special effects and noticeable green-screen shots. However, Greg
Grunberg and Lombardo Boyar made such a good team that one can easily overlook
any shortcomings the film may have and simply enjoy the ride. <>
Big Ass Spider is now available on Video On Demand. If you’re looking for a fun movie
to watch during the Halloween season, Big
Ass Spider is a fun way to spend 90 minutes. <>

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