At first glance Big Ass Spider! is just another cheesy Syfy Channel monster movie exclusive, and it certainly looks it. However, it’s probably more accurate to say BAS! is really more of a spoof of Syfy Channel monster movie exclusives.
As you can guess from the title, the movie is about a giant mutant spider that grows to epic proportions, and the efforts of a professional exterminator to kill it (with the help of the U.S. military 😉 ). The film quality is roughly equivalent to a Syfy Channel movie, maybe a touch better. You’ll recognize a couple of character actors in it, but not really any famous stars.
BAS! is a horror comedy, so it has equal parts humor and creepy spider-attacks. For a comedy it has a fair amount of gore and scary scenes, so probably not a good movie for the kids to watch. The story holds together fairly well, and the dialogue is decent, but not great. The best lines come from the interactions between the pest exterminator hero Alex Mathis (Greg Grunberg) and his Mexican-American security guard partner, Jose Ramos (Lombardo Boyar).
It’s a fun little movie, though if you go into it expecting a serious horror movie, or a major Hollywood production, you will be severely disappointed. If you don’t like spiders, you should probably skip this one. And as a source of inspiration for RPGs, I’m contemplating a “spider-pocalypse” (or maybe “bug-pocalypse”) setting, something a little different from the usual zombies, cannibals and mutants.
BAS! is available on Netflix, if you’re interested. Cheers.