Camel spiders can move at a speed of over 30 miles per hour, screaming while they run. They can be as large as a frisbee. Their venom is just like an anesthetic numbing the prey. Camel spiders can jump 3 feet high. They were named this way because they eat the stomachs of camels.
Do you believe that? None of the aforementioned facts are true! However, many people believe them, so this is how a bunch of myths about the camel spider led to the release of the movie Camel Spiders. Most of the myths surrounding camel spiders come stem from a photograph of two solifuges stuck to each other and held in the foreground of the photo, therefore making them appear huge.
This is how wildly inaccurate facts got to be. In reality, camel spiders only measure up to 6 inches and their bite is not venomous. Not to mention that they rarely attack humans, anyways. This has not stopped the producers of the movie to mislead the public by making people think that camel spiders are hideous creatures that persecute the US soldiers and forces in the Middle East.
In the movie, these creatures have started to invade the southwestern deserts of the United States, freely hunting for prey. The movie presents camel spiders as fearless and fierce predators in front of which no one stands a chance. The tagline of the movie is They really get under the skin. How could this be the tagline when it has nothing to do with the movie or the reality?
The worst part is that after watching this movie, people will actually think that a camel spider bite can be lethal. With such a bad subject and story, no wonder that the movie was an epic fail. The movie is directed by Jim Wynorski, who has almost as many aliases as he does directing credits. Jeez, if all his movies are like this one, I wonder why he wants to go by so many aliases!
Cast members include Brian Krause, C. Thomas Howell, Melissa Brasselle, Diana Terranova, Jon Mack, Michael Swan, and several other no-name actors. I do not blame them, since they probably thought they have won the lottery with this movie. After all, the movies with Iraq soldiers, killer spiders, horror and drama have always been successful. It’s just that mixed together do not work…
Here is the trailer of Camel Spiders, the movie: