By Steve Anderson | April 3, 2006

L.A. is under attack by giant spiders! Everybody run from the Attack of the

Antiquated Storylines!

So what we have here is a very familiar story. Giant spiders. Spiders as

“big as J. Lo’s a*s”–which is probably my favorite line in the whole sorry

mess. Created by various Secret Government Experiments in various Secret

Government Installations. And naturally, they’re going to get loose.

And what follows is almost ninety minutes of a truly awful movie.

And the reasons to hate “Creepies” start just as soon as you put the DVD in

your player. For some baffling reason, Maverick Entertainment / Creep FX has

decided to put trailers ahead of the movie. Which by itself would not be so

bad…except that there’s absolutely no way to skip them. Fast forward

doesn’t work. Track advance, ditto. Menu, title, nothing works. You are


But then we fire up the movie, and ohhhhh my. What we get are miniatures so

poorly constructed that they look like toys with the decals ripped off, CG so

blatant and poor quality that you can still see the polygons in some shots,

and a storyline so antiquated that most DTV stopped using it back around the

late nineties with “Spiders”.

The “Spider-vision” shots, first seen at two minutes and forty nine seconds,

are laughable at best–why a spider would have only three compoundings in its

vision, when it has eight or more eyes, is utterly beyond me.

And then, join me for some fun at the thirteen minute four second mark.

Start frame advancing from right there and watch the Amazing Changing

Handgun! Sergeant Benson (the character covered in spiders right here)

inserts a revolver into his mouth. But then, advance right on up to thirteen

minutes SIX seconds. What’s THAT?? No, not the dummy head exploding.

What’s that HANDGUN he’s holding?? That’s no revolver! Looking at the

underside of the grip shows–ta da!–a CLIP.

Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Not fifteen minutes in and already a stunt where the metaphorical wires are

plainly visible.

Even better is right around the fourteen minute mark where, in a sequence so

incredibly reminiscent of the Power Rangers, the tanks land. And please, for

the love of God, tell me that’s not an AMERICAN flag at the fifteen minute

mark. It’s got like EIGHT stars. We couldn’t afford the real thing, Creep


And then, the ignorant rocker girl slips out and starts killing a

beetle…all the while screaming about how she hates spiders. And that thing

you’re smashing? It’s a BEETLE.

A half hour in contains one of the strangest sequences I’ve seen from direct

to video fare in quite some time. The spiders…give SPEECHES. One spider

decides to “rally the troops” and give a speech about lousy cover bands and

the horrible music the humans can muster.

And yet, it is this truly awful quality that gives “Creepies” a little extra

respect. It’s LOUSY. But it’s so fantastically over the top that it can’t

help but elicit a little laughter at the cinematic tomfoolery running before

our eyes.

This movie is, in fact, so mind-alteringly lousy that I could actually (and

DID!) pick a sequence at random, mute the TV, and sing the “Attack of the

Killer Tomatoes” main theme and it would fit.

Worse yet, it DID fit! The spider battle at about thirty eight minutes

worked surprisingly well.

I can’t believe what I’m seeing. The cop at the forty three minute mark is

none other than lousy porn star Ron Jeremy! This is the SECOND Creep FX

movie he’s been in to date!

The ending is actually quite a surprise as an all-girl rock band manages to

destroy L.A. I’m laughing despite the mushroom cloud! At least until the

sequel gets set up….

The special features include Spanish subtitles and trailers for “The Evil

One”, “The Wickeds”, “Darkhunters”, “Side FX”, “Centipede”, and “Demons at

the Door”.

All in all, never mind that the plotline is so antique they stopped using it

seven years ago. Never mind that you’ve seen better miniatures at a

Warhammer tourney. Never mind that the spider effects are so fantastically

cheesy you could melt them for nachos. This is still pretty funny stuff, and

you should probably have a rental just to see the new bottom of the barrel.

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