BIG ASS SPIDER Review for Syfy Telecast


As you may or may not know, Big Ass Spider will be premiering on a Syfy Saturday night movie on April 19th, 2014.

And to be honest, I think once you watch the telecast, you may very well come away thinking it will be one of the better Saturday night movies you've ever seen on Syfy.

OK, it's all personal taste, and my review process didn't include endless Syfy channel ads, but none-the-less...

When a giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages across the city of Los Angeles, it is up to one clever exterminator and his security guard sidekick to kill the creature before the entire city is destroyed. "Big Ass Spider," (aka "Mega Spider").

Directed by: Mike Mendez

Starring: Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Ray Wise, Clare Kramer, Lin Shaye, Patrick Bauchau

Production company: Epic Pictures Group

Big Ass Spider is a cross between Arachnophobia, Aliens, Species, and Starship Troopers riddled with some pretty cute humor.


The movie starts with Alex Mathis (Greg Grunberg) waking up in the street, he's a mess, people are running all about in a helter skelter sort of way, and police are shotting at something, something big above them.

All this in pace to a mellow sort of musical piece, like one of those great video game ads.

And then we see it... the Big Ass Spider, clinging to a skyscraper, taking out helicopters. And oh yes, it's big.  Bigger than any shoe might be able to take out.

We jump to 12 hours earlier, in a calmer time of his life, when Alex is helping an elderly woman remove a rodent from her cellar.

She see's a spider on his shirt, a Brown Recluse.  She wants to kill it, he's telling her to remain calm, they're only poisonous when provoked.  She smacks the thing, and our next scene, we're watching a body bag being rolled through a hospital.

Psych!  That's a body, but it's not Alex.  He's in the next room watching it being rolled by.

And that's how we roll in this film.


But there was more to that body bag, than meets the eye.

Something comes out of the bag, and the power to the room, the morgue, fluctuates, as 'it' comes out of the body bag.

Then the military, led by Ray Wise, shows up.

Remember how Arachnophobia started out, when a spider arrived in the small town, via being inside a body?  Yep, this is how the star of the movie arrives, inside that body!


"It was 20 inches long and black!"  No, no no....  that was a description of a spider.  Serious!  But how it's delivered, well, OK.  Just maybe.

Don't mistake my initial take on the film, this is a "B" movie, but B at it's best.  It's riddled with a cast that carries this story nicely. The spider effects are better than most Syfy movie telecast effects.  The humor is well timed and well placed, subtle and sometimes not.

It's fun watching Grunberg, the exterminator, deal so smoothly with the military when they move in to take over the extermination of this big ass spider.

All in all, if I had watched this on Syfy, I would have fully enjoyed the film.  Sure, on IMDb, users have given the film a 5.2... but think about it... a Syfy movie rated at 5.2!  That's big!  As in Big Ass Spider big!

I'd say check it out and see what you think.

Oh, Grunberg's character has a Twitter account:

And the movie has a Facebook page:

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