Spiders II - Breeding Ground (2001) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Despite the title and a brief reference during the opening credits, this film manages to go 53 minutes before there is any mention of spiders!

Here's the deal. A man and woman are sailing their private boat in the Pacific when their craft is destroyed in a tropical storm. They are rescued by an old freighter which happens by. They are so grateful to be alive, that it takes some time before they realize that the ship seems to have no cargo, and just sails around in circles. The ship's physician, Bull from Night Court, is a big sinister guy who seems to have secrets. The doctor keeps giving shots to our hero, purportedly antibiotics or something to keep his shipwreck injuries from becoming infected, but our hero's health seems to keep disintegrating.

By the time 53 minutes have passed, you will think that you have placed the wrong tape in your VCR.

When they finally do get to the point of the film, it turns out that Bull "offers" people to giant, genetically engineered spiders, who use humans as "hosts" for their reproduction. The people eventually act as breeding chambers for the little baby spiders. The people explode when they are "giving birth". Yadda, yadda, yadda.


Stephanie Niznik does a brief shower scene behind a frosted glass.

Three of the victims are seen topless.

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This is yet another example of the seemingly infinite array of cheap straight-to-vid genre films produced in Eastern Europe, featuring 3-5 native English speakers who give the video box some marketing appeal. 

The Critics Vote

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The People Vote ...

  • IMDB summary. IMDb voters score it 4.9/10, which is too high.
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is an E. Meandering, grade-z creature movie. There is really no reason to watch it.

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