Rue Morgue contributors Mike Beardsall and Jessa Sobczuk check in with reviews of Toronto After Dark’s Friday-night selections.
BIG ASS SPIDER! (USA)
Dir: Mike Mendez
Just in case the title alone doesn’t explain enough of the story, Big Ass Spider! is centred around a genetically altered arachnid capable of growing to gigantic proportions in a matter of hours. It’s up to a blue collar exterminator and his security guard sidekick to stop the beast before it reproduces and consumes all of Los Angeles.
Modern ’50s-style monster movies are certainly something we’ve seen a lot of in the past few years, but Big Ass Spider! stands out amongst the crowd. It strikes a good balance between entertaining characters and a kick-ass monster, and the humour is almost always spot on. There are a few good jump-scares that fit nicely into the film (which is much more comedy than horror), and while it’s a little light on the gore side of things, it makes up for that with a high body count and cool visual effects.
Monster fans and anyone who enjoys a fun, fast-paced movie shouldn’t have to think twice about seeing this one. Arachnophobes need not apply.
Dir: SS Rajamouli
If you’ve been looking for a place to dive into Indian film, or if you’re in the mood for a good reincarnation/romance/revenge flick (the three essential Rs of Indian cinema), SS Rajamouli’s Eega is required viewing.
After pursuing his neighbour Bindu’s affection for two years, sweet and ambitious Nani finally wins her heart. But the happiness is short-lived when Nani is brutally murdered by one of Bindu’s suitors, a high-profile business man and womanizer named Sudeep. Fortunately this is India and ten days later Nani is reincarnated as a fly. His mission: reunite with his love and avenge his tragic death – often with hilarious and violent results.
Boasting gore, action and microscopic adventure, Eega is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Yes, there are musical numbers. Yes, it’s hilarious. Yes, there’s the best damn intermission screen you might ever see. A total crowd pleaser and the perfect entry for Toronto After Dark’s Bug Night.