Giant lava breathing tarantulas – Lavalantulas – erupt out of ancient volcanos in the Santa Monica Mountains, raining death and destruction upon Los Angeles. With the City of Angels on the verge of incineration, only a washed up ‘90s action hero actor (Steve Guttenberg) stands in the way of this monstrous swarm of bloodthirsty creatures who burn their victims alive.
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When a devastating series of volcanoes erupts in Los Angeles, an over- the-hill action movie star gathers his friends in the industry and leads them against the appearance of fire-spitting spiders ravaging the city and save his family.
This was quite a thrilling and enjoyable effort that really offers plenty to like about it. What really works here is the fact that this one tends to really focus quite well on the action within this, making for quite a fun time here as this one goes through the numerous attacks here. The first half here is played off as a disaster movie which allows for plenty of fun here with this one managing to work the disaster on the freeway for a fine opening as the erupting volcano and destruction of the surrounding mountains leads into the assault on the freeway as the exploding spores produce the spiders and leads the fine attacks on the tourists rather nicely, while the resulting lava flows and earthquakes produce more fun throughout here with these leading into more fun with the complete confusion and panic on the residents in the area signalling more fun to come along. That fun is brought along by the numerous chases that emerge throughout here, with the chase on the tour bus resulting in some rather nice fun, the attack on the main tourist street having some nice cheesy fun with the spiders attacking the different mascots on the street and the chase into the movie warehouse which is pretty fun and thrilling here managing to get some suspense with the spiders closing in and their obstacle race to get to safety as well as the intermediate attacks on the other citizens along the way that gives this one some fun and rather nice gore. The military intervention allows for some more fun with the ambush along the evacuation route as the soldiers get picked off one-by-one, while the museum scenes offer a lot of fun with the larger spider leading the attack alongside the smaller ones offering plenty of cheesy times with the spiders attacking the skeletons set up and the race to get to safety while also offering up enough plot points to finally get a handle on how the situation started and lays the groundwork for the final manner of overcoming the creatures which is a thoroughly ingenious-made plan with some smart execution brought about it. The rescue attempt on the son furthers the fun and smarts to come along for the finale by finally putting all the pieces into place and brings some fine action along the way, and the big battle at the end is just all sorts of cheesy fun with the fantastic brawl taking place throughout the streets and getting in some fun along the way. Coupled with the decent back-story of the spiders and fine cheese elsewhere in the running news broadcasts of the even along the way, this was quite fun and really only had the usual flaws associated with it. The spiders are fine in brief spurts or some quick shots, but the more they're on film the less realistic they look and the less believable they seem with the usual behavioral patterns on display. Still, this one was a ton of fun with a lot to like about it.
Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence and Language.