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Lavalantula (2015)

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

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Mike Mendez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Guttenberg ... Colton West
Nia Peeples ... Olivia West
Patrick Renna ... Chris
Carlos Bernard ... Interrogator
Michael Winslow ... Marty
Marion Ramsey ... Teddie
Leslie Easterbrook ... Doris
Ralph Garman ... Pirate Jack
Danny Woodburn ... Arni
Noah Hunt Noah Hunt ... Wyatt West
Diana Hopper ... Jordan
Time Winters ... Dr. Eric Von Struble
Ian Ziering ... Fin Shepard
Leigh Whannell ... Director
Zac Goodspeed Zac Goodspeed ... Travis
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Storyline

With the old days of glamour long forgotten, Colton West, the once-popular movie star and action hero from the 90s, is now reduced to acting in low-budget movies about horrific bugs. But when suddenly, a swarm of earthquakes hits Southern California, a string of unprecedented events, chaos, and lava will give birth to a new breed of lava-breathing arachnids, forcing Colton to find his family before it's too late. Once more, this intrepid man of action will have to do what he knows best, armed only with a shotgun and the will to survive. However, what can a single man do against an endless army of monstrous Lavalantulas? Written by Nick Riganas

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Fire Burns... Lava Bites!


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lavalantula See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinetel Films, Syfy See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Trivia

Steve Guttenberg's character poking one of the lavalantulas in the eye is a reference to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), when Sam does the same thing to the spider Shelob in order to save Frodo. See more »

Goofs

During one of the news scenes detailing the bus explosion, they show fire trucks in front of a multi-story building. This scene appears to be from an east-coast city such as New York, based on the trees and lack of foliage. See more »

Quotes

Colton West: Look, you gotta get off the streets. There's giant spiders everywhere.
Fin Shepard: I'd love to help you, but I got shark problems right now.
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Connections

Followed by 2 Lava 2 Lantula! (2016) See more »

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THIS is how a SyFy movie should be done!
30 March 2016 | by Seth_Rogue_OneSee all my reviews

I have no idea what other reviewers are complaining about, have they not seen a SyFy movie before? Did they expect a new 'INDEPENDENCE DAY' or what? This is a TV movie okay, you can't expect 100 million dollar special effects in a TV movie by SyFy.

So yes the effects are not that great BUT that's a big part of the charm with these kind of movies, and it's most definitely one of SyFy's better efforts, cheesy good fun.

For Police Academy fans it's a extra special treat because the lead is none other than Steve 'Mahoney' Guttenberg and not only that there are smaller roles by 3 other Police Academy actors: Marion 'Hooks' Ramsey, Leslie 'Callahan' Easterbrook and Michael 'Larvell Jones' Winslow.

And there are also multiple Police Academy references which observant fans will get and of course Michael Winslow gets to make a lot of funny noises which is his trade.

And co-starring with Steve as his wife is Nia Peeples who was 53 when the movie was filmed but looks more stunning than most actresses half her age.

So yeah, if you like these sorts of 'so bad it's good' movies plus the Police Academy films then I don't see how you could not enjoy this movie if just a little.

The rating I gave it might seem a little high, and perhaps it is BUT really come on people when it comes to SyFy TV movies this is about as good as it gets.


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