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With: Brian Krause, C. Thomas Howell, Melissa Brasselle, Diana Terranova, GiGi Erneta, Jon Mack, Michael Swan, Hayley Sanchez, Kurt Yaeger, Corey Landis, Michael Bernardi, Matthew Borlenghi, Hugh Mun
Written by: "Jay Andrews" (Jim Wynorski), J. Brad Wilke
Directed by: "Jay Andrews" (Jim Wynorski)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 85
Date: 03/04/2011

Camel Spiders (2012)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Getting Some Legs Up

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Arriving in conjunction with a new documentary about producer Roger Corman, Corman's World, Camel Spiders is unfortunately not one of Corman's more notable movies.

It's yet another in a series of monster hybrid movies made for the Syfy Channel, but this one lacks even the benefit of a silly title. It's actually focused on a real creature, a huge spider-like creature that has been hassling soldiers in the Middle East. An army captain (Brian Krause) returns to the U.S. with the body of his fallen comrade. Unbeknownst to anyone, a couple of spiders have hitched a ride on the corpse. Within hours, they have multiplied and spread across the southwest, killing random batches of teens.

The captain and a local sheriff (C. Thomas Howell), accompanied by several travelers and waitresses, try to find places to hide and attack the beasties the best they can.

Co-written and directed by Jim Wynorski -- under one of his pseudonyms "Jay Andrews" -- the movie mostly suffers from insipid dialogue and paper-thin characters. The two big draws would otherwise have been the women and the beasts. While there are cute girls onscreen, there's no real sexuality or nudity, and the visual effects are incredibly cheap looking.

It's too bad Camel Spiders couldn't have been more fun, but at least it does contain some factoids about this real-life monster.

Anchor Bay released the Blu-Ray. Quality is excellent, but no extras.

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