Lavalantula (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Comedy
83 minutes /

User Score: 58/100

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Lavalantula Review


Volcanic eruptions in Los Angeles unleash a swarm of gigantic, lava-breathing tarantulas.

Lavalantula (2015) is an American science fiction horror film that contains humongous spiders. Director and editor Mike Mendez (The Gravedancers (2006), Tales of Halloween (2015), Big a** Spider! (2013), Masters of Horror (2002)) did it again with delivering a beautiful spider based movie. Mike Mendez shines when it comes to giant spiders movies with a little bit of comedy, fun characters, monster action and stupidity thrown in. It is sad to say that Mike tweeted that Syfy cut a lot of stuff/shots from what he originally shot including a few impressive death scenes and comedy scenes that were not aired. I wish that I had seen the entire movie that he shot instead of the cut version.

Lavalantula revolves around Colton West (Steve Guttenberg - Police Academy (1984), Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985), Short Circuit (1986), Diner (1982)) who had his day planned but had a drastic, unexpected interruption. Colton was on the set of a movie that he is doing and just wanted to get his son and take him to a baseball game. His son was disappointed when he figured out that his father was not going to make it in time for them to go to the game and went to hang out with friends instead. Colton’s wife is angry at him for missing the opportunity to be with his son again and is home. The film switches from Colton’s son story to his wife’s story and then to the main story, continuously revolving until… A volcano suddenly erupts unleashing several human-sized angry lava-breathing spiders/tarantulas, called Lavalantula that were born out of molten lava. Colton had no choice but to hijack a Hollywood tour bus to escape and save his family who is still angry at him.

The special effects department did a fabulous job creating the fire breathing spiders to look like a cool giant monster instead of something cheesy, laughable, and unbelievable. I enjoyed this movie immensely and had seen it more than once because my three boys love it. The actors did a fantastic job with their roles, especially the few cameo appearances. Overall the film was exceptionally good and worth seeing by all types of fans, well except for those that do not like large hairy creatures.

About Lavalantula 2015

Title: Lavalantula
Year: 2015
Runtime: 83 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.9/5 stars from 12 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 12
Starring: Leigh Whannell, Ruben Pla, Noel Jason Scott, Ralph Garman, Nick Principe, Leslie Easterbrook, Michael Winslow, Danny Woodburn, Frank Powers, Ian Ziering, Pat Jankiewicz, Jon Mack, Jennifer Wenger, Time Winters, Steve Guttenberg, Bill Millsap, Alexandra Fritz, Gonzalo Robles, Ben Maccabee, Michael Varrati, Malani Coomes, Arnold Chun, Diana Hopper, Leeann Tweeden, Erand Hoxha, Shannon Robles, Christopher Wolfe, Allison Mosier, Jon Edwin Wright, Carlos Bernard
Writers: Neil Elman, Mike Mendez, Ashley O'Neil
Director: Mike Mendez