History Film / EightLeggedFreaks

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* DeathGlare: Combined with KubrickStare. [[UpToEleven Delivered with four big black-golden eyes at once!]] A visibly pissed-off jumping spider levels it at some escaping dirt bikers during the chase scene outside of town early on.
5th Jan '17 6:28:09 AM Sumatris
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* FreudianSlip: After not having seen each other for years, Chris' attempt at asking his childhood crush Sam for a chance to catch up leaves his mouth as a request to ''hook up'' instead. Fortunately for him, she seems to find his slip more amusing than anything else and readily agrees to go out with him.
4th Jan '17 8:40:42 AM Sumatris
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* BadBoss: The giant tarantula accidentally stomps one of her spider goons flat without even noticing while she's on her way to tear down the gate into the mall.
4th Jan '17 6:38:01 AM Sumatris
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* BadassNormal: The main cast can be considered this, and a couple of supporting cast members by extension -- just a bunch of regular people caught up in the middle of a mutant spider apocalypse, doing everything they can to make sure they and their loved ones live to see another day.



* ImprovisedZipline: Chris uses his jacket and a radio tower's anchoring cable to make a smooth escape from a bunch of persuing spiders climbing up behind him. One of them attempts to follow him the same way. HilarityEnsues.

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* ImprobableWeaponUser: Chris again. When a spider climbs into Ashley's room and begins to cover her in webbing, he tries to fend it off with a wooden chair. The chair looses, but points for trying.
* ImprovisedZipline: And another one for Chris -- he uses his jacket and a radio tower's anchoring cable to make a smooth escape from a bunch of persuing spiders climbing up behind him. One of them attempts to follow him the same way. HilarityEnsues.
4th Jan '17 6:32:34 AM Sumatris
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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Kari Wuhrer was 35 at the time of filming, but her character, Sheriff Samantha Parker, doesn't really look the part. It gets some explanation when her teenage daughter Ashley reveals during an argument with her that Sam got [[TeenPregnancy pregnant with her at age 16]].

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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Kari Wuhrer was 35 at the time of filming, but her character, Sheriff Samantha Parker, doesn't really look the part. It gets some explanation when her teenage daughter Ashley (played by then-18-years-old Scarlett Johansson) reveals during an argument with her between them that Sam got [[TeenPregnancy pregnant with her at age 16]].


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* DirtyCoward: Mayor Wade's approach to supporting his fellow citizens in defending the mall from the spider army? Sneak away to hide in the mines below the town and lock the door behind him.


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The predominant reaction throughout the movie whenever someone is faced with one or more giant spiders. By the time the critters make their presence "officially" known by means of their ZergRush on Prosperity, the whole town (or what's left of it) hauls ass as quickly as they can. Even those characters with guns or other weapons eventually follow suit due to the spiders' sheer numbers. Unfortunately, spiders this size can run ''a lot'' faster than humans, and jumping spiders this size can leap very long distances, so unless you managed to get into a car, you're screwed anyway.
4th Jan '17 4:21:26 AM Sumatris
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* ParentalNeglect: Bret obviously suffers from Wade's lack of interest in his son's life. When he tries to inform him that he's going out for the evening, not even quipping loudly that he might partake in an orgy and steal some cars elicits a noteworthy reaction from his father (who's arguing with his investors on the phone the whole time).
4th Jan '17 4:14:07 AM Sumatris
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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Kari Wuhrer was 35 at the time of filming, but her character, Sheriff Samantha Parker, doesn't really look the part. It gets some explanation when her daughter Ashley reveals during an argument with her that Sam got [[TeenPregnancy pregnant with her at age 16]].

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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Kari Wuhrer was 35 at the time of filming, but her character, Sheriff Samantha Parker, doesn't really look the part. It gets some explanation when her teenage daughter Ashley reveals during an argument with her that Sam got [[TeenPregnancy pregnant with her at age 16]].
4th Jan '17 4:13:24 AM Sumatris
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* TravelingPipeBulge: One of Chris' miners is hosing down a blast hole when the water suddenly stops coming. His solution to the problem is putting the hose to his mouth and sucking on it, all the while ''something'' can be seen moving ever closer through the otherwise slack hose. Needless to say his fate isn't pretty.
4th Jan '17 4:06:19 AM Sumatris
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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Kari Wuhrer was 35 at the time of filming, but her character, Sheriff Samantha Parker, doesn't really look the part. It gets some explanation when her daughter Ashley reveals during an argument with her that Sam got [[TeenPregnancy pregnant with her at age 16]].
4th Jan '17 3:46:46 AM Sumatris
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* AnalProbing: There's a bit where Harlan goes on a tirade about aliens and this very subject. "...I mean, what do they expect to find there? It's just wrong!"

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* AnalProbing: There's a bit where Harlan goes on a tirade about aliens and this very subject. "...Turns into a BrickJoke over the course of the movie.
--> '''Harlan''': ...
I mean, what do they expect to find there? It's just wrong!"wrong!



* TheCavalry: After Chris initially fails to convince the authorities of the graveness of the situation via 911, a small army of cops and firemen later waltzes in just in time to... do nothing - the spiders have already been defeated by that point.



* ConspiracyTheorist: Harlan, who believes the [[GiantSpider Giant Spiders]] are the alien invaders he has warned about his whole career.
-->You ain't getting that anal probe near me!

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* ConspiracyTheorist: Harlan, who believes the [[GiantSpider Giant Spiders]] are the alien invaders he has warned about his whole career.
-->You
career. Amusingly, the county's ''entire emergency service force'' is apparently an avid fan of his show, so they fall under this category as well.
-->'''Harlan''': You
ain't getting that anal probe near me!



* CoveredInGunge: Deputy Williams gets covered in increasing amounts of slimy greenish spider blood and intestines the longer the movie progresses.



* HeroicSacrifice: Subverted - twice. Both Pete and Harlan take it upon them to stay behind so others can escape the spider onslaught. Pete goes all OneManArmy on the critters and comes out unscathed (though CoveredInGunge); Harlan makes a mad dash through the milling hordes and disappears for an apparent OffscreenMomentOfAwesome to return alive and well after the movie's climax, and with the cops in tow to boot.



* ImprovisedZipline: Chris uses his jacket and a radio tower's anchoring cable to make a smooth escape from a bunch of persuing spiders climbing up behind him. One of them attempts to follow him the same way. HilarityEnsues.



* SpidersAreScary: For the citizens of Prosperity at least, and to most arachnophobes probably. To the remaining factions of viewers they're more likely to be adorable and funny instead of scary.

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* ShownTheirWork: Most spiders have poor eyesight despite their eight eyes, but they make up for it with the ability to sense even the slightest vibration, be it through the ground (like prey moving around) or through the air (talking and other sounds). They also tend to flee when faced with intense scents. Therefore the best way to hide from giant spiders would probably be to stay as quiet and still as possible, and even the idea with the perfume might have some merit in a situation like this. Of course, all bets are off when jumping spiders show up - their primary eyes are huge, movable and specifically evolved for identifying and tracking prey.
* SpidersAreScary: For the citizens of Prosperity at least, and to most arachnophobes probably. To the remaining factions portion of viewers they're more likely to be adorable and funny instead of scary.



* TemptingFate: After his cat got eaten, his wife left him, and his boss just crashed his after-work hours and instructed him to bring her every single gun the department has available, Deputy Williams just can't resist quipping that this situation couldn't possibly get any worse. The movie's grand finale commences shortly afterwards, naturally.



* ToxicWasteCanDoAnything: Spiders consume toxic waste. Spiders get taste for human and ability to grow far beyond their maximum size. The film gets a little slack as it has a strong comedic bent and doesn't take itself too seriously.

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* ToxicWasteCanDoAnything: Spiders consume toxic waste. Spiders get taste for human and ability to grow far beyond their maximum size. The very end of the movie shows that the stuff also makes Deputy William's bald patch grow some new hair. The film gets a little slack as it has a strong comedic bent and doesn't take itself too seriously.
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