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Arachnicide is a 2014 Italian Action Sci-Fi Horror Made-for-TV Movie.

L9 Commando is an elite military task force sent to Albania to bust up a drug ring that's cornered the market with genetically-modified plants that maximize growth. They've gotten a lead on a greenhouse, and head out to destroy it. However, the cartel has gotten sick of their meddling and has set a trap. The soldiers now have to survive a sealed bunker with giant spiders stalking their every move.

This film contains examples of:

  • Action Prologue: L9 Commando stopping an arms deal.
  • Big Bad: The unnamed head of a drug cartel, who has set giant spiders on his enemies.
  • The Cartel: The secondary antagonists are a worldwide drug ring using genetic engineering to maximize crops.
  • Cobweb Jungle: The first sign L9 has that this isn't a normal mission is a room filled with cobwebs.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The spiders are killed and the survivors are rescued, but some mysterious men take the spider corpses for their own purposes.
  • Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: The spiders are made giant by genetic experiments to make plants yield massive crops. The process happens to make animals more aggressive.
  • Giant Spider: The main antagonists are a horde of giant, super aggressive spiders made by genetic engineering to destroy a commando unit for a drug cartel. However, because of their growth their aging was kicked into hyperdrive, which is what kills them in the end.
  • Kick the Dog: The cartel trapping L9 Commando to be eaten by giant spiders as opposed to a more practical way of killing them.
  • Portmantitle: "Arachnid"+"Homicide"
  • Rapid Aging: Turns out the spiders' aging process is sent into hyperdrive with their growth, which dispatches them by the end.
  • The Sociopath: The unnamed drug lord, who is positively chipper as he talks about having his enemies torn apart by giant spiders.