When we talk about spider movies, the discussion is generally focused on ‘Spiderman’. But no matter how much we love Spidey, he is more of a man than a spider. He may have webs shooting out of his wrists, but he is not the eight-legged creature that we try to stay away from. People with arachnophobia won’t run away from ‘Spiderman’! So, isn’t there any other spider movie that presents a perspective other than that of a superhero? If you’re looking for such a film, here is the list top spider movies ever you must watch, in case you want something different. You can watch some of these best spider movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu.
12. The Spider and the Fly (1931)
This short film is different because it doesn’t portray a giant spider ravaging a city. It is a cartoon film that tells the story of a spider who wants to trap the flies. So, he plays his web like a harp and captures one of the flies. The other flies work out ways to rescue their friend.
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11. Itsy Bitsy Spider (1992)
Jim Carey stars in this ‘Terminator’-ish film that tells the story of a spider named Itsy, who befriends Leslie, a city girl who takes piano lessons. When the piano instructor discovers the presence of Itsy in her house, she is frightened and calls an exterminator to kill her. While Itsy runs for its life, the exterminator adapts his killing methods.
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10. Son of Godzilla (1967)
Before you start judging(!), this movie came when CGI was still being perfected. Also, it has a cult status in a certain section of filmgoers. So, worth a try? As the name suggests, the film is centered on a baby Godzilla that hatches out when a radioactive weather balloon explodes. A chain of events leads to the awakening of a giant spider. A fight between the Godzilla and the Spider ensues.
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9. Eight Legged Freaks (2002)
This horror comedy is set in a small mining town of Prosperity. A truck carrying toxic waste meets an accident when the driver swerves the truck to save a rabbit crossing the street! Incidentally, one of the barrels crashes into a reservoir. A spider farmer catches crickets from that reservoir and feeds it to his collection of exotic spiders. The toxins from the reservoir are, thus, transferred to the spiders and they become enormously large. In addition to this, they gain an appetite that is not limited to animals. Also, the film has Scarlett Johansson!
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8. Buddy’s Bug Hunt (1935)
Buddy is a young bug-catcher. He goes around everyday catching bugs with his net and studying them under a microscope. One day, he catches a spider and puts it under the microscope. He uses ether to hold the spider down for proper examination. As he pours more and more ether, his mind begins to hover. He loses consciousness and starts dreaming. In the dream, the spider breaks free and releases all other bugs in Buddy’s bug house and then they all hold Buddy guilty of terrorizing them in the name of his experiment. As he dreams on, Buddy realizes it might not have been a dream, after all!
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7. Billy and Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen (2007)
One day, in school, everyone notices that the spiders have become commonplace. This coincides with the disappearing of the students. Billy finds out that a Spider Queen has amassed a large army of spiders, and with the help of the Dark Elves, is conspiring to take over the world. As the past connections of Grim come to light, Billy and Mandy have to make undesirable alliances to stop the Spider Queen.
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6. Charlotte’s Web (2006)
Based on the novel of the same name by E.B White, this live-action film tells the story of a young piglet, named Wilbur. Fern Arable begs her father not to kill the runt of the litter of newborn pigs. Bending to the pleadings of his daughter, the man allows her to keep the pig, whom she nurtures to health. But a time comes when she has to transfer Wilbur to her uncle’s farm. Afraid that he will soon be made into someone’s dinner, Wilbur seeks the help of a barn spider named Charlotte to help him.
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5. Mega Spider aka Big Ass Spider! (2013)
Alex Mathis works as an exterminator in Los Angeles. He is good-hearted but in constant need of cash. He offers to help a mortician who had been bitten by a rodent-sized spider that crawled out of a dead body and ran off after biting him. As Alex follows the spider, he finds out that this spider is unlike any other he has ever seen. With inflammable webs and continuously increasing size, the spider is becoming a bigger problem by the minute. Alex is joined by a military task force in order to hunt down the spider.
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4. Guardians of the Tomb (2018)
This Chinese-Australian film tells the story of a group of scientists who are in for “the discovery of the century”. As they venture into an ancient labyrinth, they find out the reason for their colleague’s death. and come face to face with forces that are beyond anything they have ever encountered. The labyrinth is infested with a swarm of spiders that not only have deadly powers but also seem to harbor intelligence.
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3. Tarantula (1955)
Way back when Stan Lee still hadn’t conceived the idea of a teenage boy bitten by a radioactive spider, people weren’t really fond of spiders. And ‘Tarantula’ added on that fear by showing a giant, venomous spider on a killing spree. A scientist is experimenting to create a super-nutrient that could become the never-ending source of food for humanity. But, this nutrient has a side effect, which shows in the animals that the scientist has been experimenting on. And one day, one of them is set loose.
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2. Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)
When the animals on his farm start dying mysteriously, a man from a small town in Arizona consults a vet. Unable to diagnose the problem, the vet sends some blood samples from the animals to a lab. A few days later, a scientist from the lab arrives telling the vet and the farm owner that the animals have been infused with a large quantity of spider venom. On further investigation, they discover massive spider hills near the farms. The spiders, feeding on the pesticides in the farm, have become much more dangerous than they’d normally be. And that doesn’t bode well, either for the animals or for the humans.
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1. Arachnophobia (1990)
An entomologist discovers a new species of spiders in the Amazon rainforest. Unaware of the lethal potency of the spiders, the research team, accidentally, transfers one of the spiders to America. There, the spider begins breeding and produces hundreds of offspring. The death of the people in the town catches the attention of a work-deprived doctor who decides to investigate the root cause.
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