Not gonna lie: I was kinda-sorta traumatized during my
misspent youth when I witnessed a humongous arachnid attack rock-‘n-rollin’
teens in “Earth vs. The Spider.” Indeed, I vaguely recall screaming out loud and
running into the lobby of the theater during a matinee screening of that
infamous ’50s cheapie-creepie — and refusing to be coaxed back inside the
auditorium even after “Revenge of Frankenstein,” the second feature on the double
Ever since then, I’ve had slight aversion — to put it mildly
— to sci-fi flicks involving giant-sized bugs of any sort. And I don’t think
I’m alone in this regard. In fact, I’m absolutely convinced that “Eight-Legged
Freaks” was a box-office under-achiever a few years ago because arachnophobia is
much more widespread than the producers of that movie expected.
So why I am actually looking forward to seeing something
called “Big Ass Spider!” next week at SXSW?
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