It ain't gonna trample Spider-Man at the box office, but the self-aware and self-effacing Eight Legged Freaks is the Scream of '50s-flavored big-bug flicks. When toxic waste accidentally spills into an exotic spider collection, it's not long before dimwitted rural townsfolk are getting squashed by mutated arachnids as a creepy version of "Itsy Bitsy Spider" plays in the background.
As the town's mayor, former AT&T pitchman David Arquette has found a perfect place to unleash his manic energy. And along with Doug E. Doug as a paranoid pirate-radio operator, they keep the project's tongue firmly in its cheek. The one-note joke does bug after awhile, but for a campy 'n' creepy good time, this flick's got your number.