This effects-filled sci-fi picture is the kind of gross-me-out production tou might get if you put a bunch of twelve-year-old boys in charge. The waters off Guam are rife with a new breed of pirates: At the behest of Dr. Grbac (Richard Moll), scurvy knaves kidnap recreational boaters as specimens for his genetic experiments. Jason (Greg Cromer) and his wife Alexandra (Stephanie Niznik) are blissfully ignorant of these goings-on when they come across a torched vessel that belonged to a group of Grbac's captives. Before they can report their discovery, a storm sweeps them off their craft. The couple is rescued by a passing ship, but they won't be thanking their saviors for long their benefactor is Dr. Grbac. He treats Jason's injuries with a serum that's not an antibiotic; instead, the nutty professor is prepping Jason to mate with the floating lab's special passenger a giant mutant spider. In addition, Grbac's captain, Jim Bigelow (Daniel Quinn), has taken a fancy to Alexandra and would love to get her husband out of his way. Jason becomes suspicious and starts snooping through the galley, where he finds a bunch of hanging corpses that will eventually become spider food. His next discovery is more appalling; the spider monster plants its egg inside a human host who's then sealed in a cryo-capsule until hatching time. Probably needless to say, the hosts don't survive birthing inter-species spiders. Grbac doesn't intend to allow Jason to impede his gene-splicing experiments and though Jason can't avert a spider baby implant, Alexandra discovers the nature of Dr. Grbac's experiments and sets out to save her man. Butt-kicker Alexandra dodges the spider and Grbac's sailors, but can she find an antidote in time to save Jason, especially after the spider's offspring infest the boat? Gore junkies will enjoy the digital rendering of the spider's acrobatics, but sci-fi buffs are likely to feel less charitable about this rip-off of ALIEN (1979) and other superior genre pieces.
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: R
- Review: This effects-filled sci-fi picture is the kind of gross-me-out production tou might get if you put a bunch of twelve-year-old boys in charge. The waters off Guam are rife with a new breed of pirates: At the behest of Dr. Grbac (Richard Moll), scurvy knaves… (more)