Spidarlings (2016) (Blu-ray Review)

Spidarlings (2016) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Salem Kapsaski
Starring: Sophia Disgrace, Rahel Kapsaski, Lee Mark Jones
Rated: UR/Region O/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Troma

Two lesbian, anarcho-punk lovers are in a battle with their greedy, cold-hearted landlord. As the couple struggles to make ends meet, a deranged serial killer terrorizes the sleazy nightclub they work at. With a vicious killer on the loose and their merciless landlord on their case, the lovers have nowhere to turn. That is until the arrival of their new mysterious pet spider.

Here we have a new Troma movie that has been met with such praise as being called a “queer body-horror punk rock musical with an anarchistic streak”. Spidarlings can be all of that and it is also a movie that seems to be influenced even a little by John Waters, but it is a movie that also packs soo much padding in spots that you feel you could almost make a pillow out of it. Now don’t go getting me wrong this is a movie that does a number of things right. But it is also a movie that seems to be trying really hard and at times too hard to reach a certain running time and it shows. This movie is two hours long, so you shouldn’t feel padding. If anything this movie needs stuff cut. I don’t mind the musical parts of it and I think the movie gets cheesy in a good way when the spider stuff comes into play, but it does seem to take some time to really get rolling.

Troma is really proud of this one, but I think the best thing they’ve released as of late is probably Rose and Viktor: No Mercy instead of this one. Yeah, I can see why they’d want to put a lot of push into the release of this one but I don’t think old school Troma fans are going to really latch on to it like they are hoping, as it feels Troma-ish, but also doesn’t seem to be as well crafted in the usual organized chaos style that most classic Troma films are. The movie does look nice in HD for MOST of the running time but even that can seem to be a bit spotty here and there as this one goes on. I love Troma and I love movies that just feel different, but this one takes too many missteps along the way to actually reach anywhere you want it to go.


– Introduction by Lloyd Kaufman
– Behind the scenes
– Interviews
– Original Theatrical Trailer

Quality of Transfer: 82%