Toronto After Dark 2013 Review: Big Ass Spider

Big Ass Spider review

Exterminator Alex Mathis (Greg Grunberg) is making a routine call when he’s bitten by a spider and has to head to the hospital. While waiting to pay his bill, a morgue attendant appears and tells the hospital director that he was bitten by something that looked like a spider. Alex jumps into action, taking security guard Jose (Lombardo Boyar) with him, but the men are unaware that the insect they’re looking for is an enormous spider that’s only getting bigger. When the Army arrives, Lieutenant Karly Brant (Clare Kramer) drags Alex and Jose with her, as they hunt down a spider that is quickly growing to monstrous proportions. Will Alex be able to do what the Army can’t, and stop this giant spider before it destroys all of Los Angeles?

Fans of giant monster movies are in for a treat as Big Ass Spider screens at the 2013 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. With the same spirit as popular creature features like Sharknado, Big Ass Spider delivers some truly gruesome moments, one huge, city destroying spider, and two hilarious characters in Alex and Jose. In fact, the bug busting duo are the real highlight of the film, providing more entertainment than any venom spitting monster could.

Although some of the monster effects can be questionable, you can’t ignore how much fun there is to be had here. From the ridiculous origin of the giant spider, to the way a regular exterminator can manage to outsmart the entire Army, nothing in this film is meant to be taken seriously, and that’s precisely how a monster movie like this should be. You’ll never look at a spider web the same way again.

Is Big Ass Spider essential Toronto After Dark viewing?

The title is enough to tell you what to expect here, but for anybody on the fence, rest assured that there’s enough face melting for the horror fans, and plenty of laughs to lighten the mood.

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Raised on a healthy diet of Star Wars and every horror film on a video store shelf, Will has been watching movies since before he was able to talk. Inspired by an ever growing passion for film, and the occasional mind control experiment, Will began writing film review on his personal blog, The Film Reel. When the mind control experiments actually worked, he was able to secure a position with Toronto Film Scene. He now waits patiently in the TFS basement for October to come every year, when his love for horror films finally pays off.

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