An adventure/comedy straight from the G/PG rated Spielberg/Dante/Kennedy/Marshall stable of the late 80s and early 90s through and through – from the plot and effects to the cast itself of Jeff Daniels and John Goodman.

Only mildly successful as a movie but with some standout effects, it tells the story of a young family led by doctor Jeff Daniels who arrives in small town USA to take over the practise of the retiring GP.

Their arrival coincides with that of a rare and extremely venomous spider from the South American jungle who mates with the local spider population and starts causing havoc with its minions.

It’s left up to Daniels and ”Terminator”-like pest controller Goodman to save the day.

Impressive spider training resulted in the battle scenes, but they don’t make a movie on their own. If it’s a harking back to the glory days of monster movies of the 1950’s you want, watch ”Eight Legged Freaks” instead.

Blu-ray details/extras : Even with the odd hint of video noise, the 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray still looks rather good. The audio track, though good enough, could’ve encompassed more punch though (says it’s DTS-HD MA 5.1; really?!). Extras-wise, there’s a couple of production featurettes and some other trailers from the Disney stable.

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Drew Turney
An Australian-based film critic and celebrity interviewer now based in Los Angeles, California.