2013 / Director. Mike Mendez.
The first script I ever wrote was a sequel to ARACHNOPHOBIA. I was 13 years old and pretty clueless. My story focused on the further adventures and exploits of John Goodman's character, the bug-buster Delbert. IF that movie had ever been made then BIG ASS SPIDER would have been it. Now here's a creature feature that puts others to shame. THIS is how it's done!! The film opens with a brilliant musical sequence with glorious slow motion mayhem surrounding the lead character as a colossal spider terrorises Los Angeles. Right from the get-go the movie is inspired and reassures the audience that they're in good hands. These types of schlocky B-movies have been done countless times but few have been as good as this. With a tight running time, excellent script and hilarious performances the movie has it's tongue planted firmly in it's cheek and it lets the audience in on the joke. What makes it a cut above the rest is that while very funny, it's also scary. The first act plays on the suspense with the spider still infant and easily concealed... and as the creature grows, the comedy unfolds and eventually morphs into a far-fetched, outrageous and action packed military blockbuster. I first saw it at MonsterFest and discussed it in my feature blogs. Watching it with an audience made for an awesome movie-going experience. People laughed, cheered and startled at the movie's trickery. The second time I watched it was at home on blu-ray and the experience was just as good. It plays just as well to a room of two people as it did to a cinema of 100. BIG ASS SPIDER made it to my top 10 movies of 2013 and I can't recommend it enough. A little bit creepy... a little bit thrilling.... and a whole lotta hilarious!!!