What evil lurks in the heart of Lavalantula? Guys, I’m afraid of spiders. Spider movies are one of the only Animal Attack subsets that freaks me out to the point of giving me solid heebie jeebies for an entire evening as well as preventing me from sleeping. The larger the spiders get, the more petrified I become. Of course there is a limit. I think back to movies like Big Ass Spider, Camel Spiders, Giant Spider Invasion and for the most part those just make me laugh or… make me wish we used better computer generation in our creature creation. I suppose that begs the questions, did Lavalantula scare me or did it make me laugh?
Let’s be clear about one thing. Lavalantula is with SyFy CG spiders set on fire (or covered in lava). These aren’t the tarantulas of King of the Spiders or the strange hybrids from Arachnophobia. These spiders are huge, computer generated to the max and they do some pretty funny things. Perhaps the best thing to look out for when watching Lavalantula is to enjoy how the spiders don’t seem to be walking on the ground. We should probably disclaim all of this by saying that you don’t watch a movie like Lavalantula for its realism. You watch it for the former actors of Police Academy being killed and running away from a fairly hilarious giant monster in the Hollywood hills.
Of course there is a softer side to this creature feature movie. Steve Gutenberg’s performance is quite touching. It’s those damn eyes! He’s still got it; that same emotive expression that locks you into falling in love with him just as he had in the Police Academy series. It was great to see various members of the cast reunite to die at the hands of completely outlandish perpetrators.
Lavalantula was the immediately follow up to Sharnado 3 in the SyFy channel lineup that went over extremely well. While it isn’t my favorite of the SyFy channel’s monster mashup movies, it has heart, humor and is a fun time. That doesn’t mean it’s a great movie, but if you enjoy the SyFy channel’s output of computer generated monster movies, this one will definitely resonate well.
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