Syfy today announced plans and unveiled the poster for a new original movie that unleashes giant lava-breathing tarantulas on Los Angeles. The movie, “Lavalantula,” sounds as though it could be terrifying enough to make viewers forget about the similar-sounding “Sharknado” movies.
The giant lavalantulas “erupt out of ancient volcanos in the Santa Monica Mountains, raining death and destruction upon Los Angeles,” the channel says in a press release announcing the project. The movie is set to premiere in summer 2015.
A number of “Police Academy” veterans are in the cast. “With the City of Angels on the verge of incineration, only a washed up ‘90s action hero actor, played by Steve Guttenberg (‘Police Academy,’ ‘Diner’) — joined by ‘Police Academy’ alumni Leslie Easterbrook (‘Police Academy’) and Michael Winslow (‘Police Academy: The Series’) — stand in the way of this monstrous swarm of bloodthirsty creatures who burn their victims alive,” the announcement adds.
The movie is currently in production in Los Angeles, with Nia Peeples and Ralph Garman also in the cast.
The director, Mike Mendez, knows the territory — he won a Saturn Award for “Big Ass Spiders.”