Lavalantula DVD Review
“Lavalantula” is a standard low-budget creature feature.
In “Lavalantula,” a fading action movie star (Colton) becomes a real live hero as he tries to save his family and fellow Los Angeles citizens from giant lava spewing spiders.
Judging by the title alone, you pretty much know what to expect from this tongue-in-cheek creature feature movie. It’s an action heavy sci-fi-horror flick filled with death, chaos, cheesy f/x, destruction, goofy humor (much of which is pop culture references), and lots of nasty spiders. Basically, it is what it is. You can go with the flow or roll your eyes at the whole thing.
Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of “Lavalantula” is the cast. In addition to familiar faces such as Nia Peeples, Leigh Whannell (“Saw” co-creator), Ralph Garman (radio personalit/actor/and the other half of the hilarious “Hollywood Babble-On” podcast), Ian Ziering (who makes a quick “Sharknado” tie-in cameo), Patrick Renna (of “The Sandlot” fame), the movie boasts a mini “Police Academy” franchise reunion with Leslie Easterbrook, Michael Winslow (who makes plenty of noises in this too), Marion Ramsey and the main star of “Lavalantula”- Steve Guttenberg. Truth be told, it is nice to see Guttenberg on screen again and he seems to be having fun here. He’s the best part of the film without question.
Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? Since the film boasts slightly better production values than the usual SyFy fare, the picture quality is actually decent.
Audio Track: 5.1 Surround. How does it sound? It does the job.
The only extras are Alchemy trailers (including one for “Lavalantula”) and a featurette which contains film clips, cast and crew interviews, and plot discussions.
Overall Thoughts: If you love SyFy channel films, “Lavlantula” is for you.
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