It’s time to adjust my trusty top hat and get the tuxedo out of the closet and head to the theater for another movie premiere, but this time where yours truly has a starring role.
Yes, my speaking lines were dropped in editing (I’m sure that has happened to Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks too!) but my pal and Western customer Greg Grunberg is the star. And, you will see plenty of my likeness throughout Big Ass Spider, an 90 minute comedy/sci-fi thriller where a giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and unleashes a rampage on the city of Los Angeles.
The plot thickens when a massive military strike fails and it falls to a team of scientists and one clever Western Exterminator technician to kill the creature before the entire city is destroyed.
The movie stars veteran character actor, Greg Grunberg, as a wise-cracking and fast-thinking Western Exterminator service technician named Alex Mathis whose job is to protect Los Angeles from this killer arachnid that no one can stop. His sidekick is bumbling but very sincere security guard, Jose Ramos, played by Lombardo Boyer whose comedic pratfalls and fear of insects in general and spiders in particular add levity to the film.
Big Ass Spider has been shown at the SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival, where it earned Official Selection status; Imagine Film Festival in the Netherlands, the U.K.’s Dead by Dawn Film Festival and the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and continues to receive positive reviews from critics.
Online movie review site FEARnet had this to say:
“Call it slight or silly, but don’t call it stupid. The slick and satisfying Big Ass Spider ranks surprisingly high partially because a lot of those moves stink, but mainly because this one does not. If you like giant spider movies, you will definitely dig Big Ass Spider.”
The brainchild of director Mike Mendez and writer Gregory Gieras, Big Ass Spider reminds me of the old King Kong movies where the guerilla climbs the Empire State building in New York City.
In this 21st century horror film our arachnid villain climbs atop and over the famed Los Angeles city hall, snares iPhone picture taking picnic goers with its deadly web maker that shoots like a missile from its legs, and chases the Western Exterminator service vehicle through the Hollywood Hills.
It is the movie’s special effects that I really enjoyed and found fascinating. The Big Ass Spider special effects gurus created a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade sized spider that readily eats unfortunate Los Angelinos and wreaks havoc on Southern California smashing and flipping cars along the way.
While I won’t give away the ending I can tell you that the green and yellow shines brightly and that my trusty mallet once again comes to the aid of Southern California consumers that are faced with unwanted pests – fortunately none the size of Big Ass Spider!
For a quirky evening of fun I absolutely recommend heading to your local theater or ordering through video-on-demand, ordering up some buttered popcorn and taking in Big Ass Spider.
Until next time, thanks for making Western Exterminator “The Final Word in Pest Control®”
See you at the movies!
Have a pest free day!