Sunday, November 17, 2013

Spiders, Good but needs more Jon Mack

Spiders (2013) was originally shown in theaters, none around here, in 3D.  A monster movie in 3D....should be required a few times a year.  This is a good B movie, reminiscent to Peter Graves' "Beginning Of The End".  The plot, another classic from the B movie archives, a Soviet satellite is destroyed by asteroids, thus sending its payload into the New York City subway.  The payload?  You guessed it, spiders which have had their DNA altered.  Of course, the Spiders nest and multiply and eventually make their way to the NYC (actually this was filmed in Bulgaria) streets.

This movie has a lot going for it, the creatures, whether CGI or puppet, are creepy and icky.  The NYC subway tunnels sets are good ones.  Lots of good weapons as, of course, the military is eventually called in.  The giant Spider, which you see on the DVD case, does indeed appear.

Though I liked this movie, I have two complaints.  There is a sub plot in which two children left on their own must avoid the horror.  When I sink into a B movie, kids are one of the things I want to escape.  Whether yelling at restaurants or vomiting on me on 7 hour airplane trips, I don't need them in my movies.  Complaint #2:  Jon Mack, a great horror movie actress, and lead singer of Auradrone ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0533023/?ref_=tt_cl_t4) is under utilized.  She was great in "Mandrake", "Camel Spiders", "Mongolian Death Worm", "Saw VI" and "Super Tanker".  When I saw her in the cast, I was excited.  Unfortunately, she is limited to one scene.

All in all, this is a movie which will be very pleasing to B horror movie fans.  Do yourselves a favor and check out Jon Mack's other films and of course the work of Auradrone!


 

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