Camel Spiders Run Amok

Posted by: Monster Island News on June 18th, 2010

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: Tom Martwick / Robert Hood / Avery Guerra

Everyone probably vividly remember the images that came out of Iraq a few years back of what appeared to be some sort of giant arachnid (see bottom below). Those images became an instant Internet sensation, though it was soon revealed that what everyone was getting scared senseless about was actually two camel spiders hooked together, photographed close to the camera so that they appeared to be of gigantic size.

Regardless, those creepy crawlers are pretty nastey looking, gigantic or not.

But what if they did grow larger? and there were hundreds of them all around you?

The image is enough to make your skin crawl right?

In his new film, “Extraction” director Tom Martwick thought that a bunch of giant mutant, solpugids (camel spiders) would be just the ticket to scare up a fair amount of chills …….. and he was right.

In the film, a group of soldiers in Iraq fall prey to a new enemy that stalks them from below the ground. In a fight for their lives these poor souls not only have to try and survive the onslaught of dozens of mutant arachnids, but also live long enough to expose a government cover-up concerning them.

Sounds very interesting!

Martwick and IDX Studios have just put out a teaser trailer for “Extraction” (produced by Milko Davis and Russell Reed, with music and sound by Alvaro Morello) in hopes of getting the attention of potential investors.

You have to admit that the clip (see below) is rather impressive. I really liked the bit where a very unlucky soldier, that has just stepped on a land mine, has to choose between being blown up and being attacked by the spiders.

You’ll just have to see for yourself which one he chooses…..

If that doesn’t get someone to back the film, I don’t know what will?

Oh, and if you are interested in backing “Extraction” feel free to contact IDX Studios.

I have a feeling that we will be hearing more about Tom Martwick’s film in the future.

Hear is that trailer, plus some behind-the-scenes photos from its filming:

About Monster Island News
Founder of the popular monster and sci-fi blogs Monster Island News and Godzilla 3D News and Information. Ken Hulsey began his writing career in 2000 when he founded a popular site with fans of Japanese sci fi/monster movies (Godzilla, Gamera and the like) and other B movies. In 2008, he closed down his original site and created the blog "Monster Island News" a showcase for classic horror/monster films and independent/alternative cinema.

2 Responses to “Camel Spiders Run Amok”

  1. MattBille responds:

    It is well shot and directed. Need to change out that World War II tank (one of the very early short-barreled T-34’s, I think, before they got the 85mm guns around 1943 – Not even Iraqi army still had those antiques) and standardize some uniform items, but that’s a quibble at this point. Very nice model and stop-motion work, and it’s a good move to keep the critter’s size close to believable. THe trailer reminded me of the low-budget but wonderfully atmospheric horror film The Burrowers. Good luck with it!

  2. Kalashnikovnik responds:

    personally it seems a bit too similar to the infamous made for tv “sci-fi original” flicks to really pique my interest. the most glaring issues are the incorrect uniforms and weapons i.e the “chocolate chip” desert camouflage BDUs, which the US military stopped using sometime back in the early or mid 1990s, but i’m one of those people who dwells on details like that.

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