Christchurch-born and raised, Ellory Elkayem began making films as a teen. After his 13-minute, spider monster movie homage Larger than Life won solid international sales, Roland Emmerich (Independence Day director) invited him to expand his spider tale into $30 million Hollywood feature: Eight Legged Freaks. Since then Elkayem has specialised in horror. Future projects include films and a series of interactive e-books.
Now here is Eight Legged Freaks, which has laughs, thrills, wit and scary monsters, and is one of those goofy movies like Critters that kids itself and gets away with it. Roger Ebert, 17 July 2002
In Larger than Life Jo (Rebecca Hobbs, star of horror tale The Ugly) discovers her new house is inhabited by an array of mutant arachnids, each larger than the last. Kiwi writer/director Ellory Elkayem cleverly melds puppetry and digital effects to give his spiders maximum yuck factor, while the violin-fuelled soundtrack pays spirited homage to the 50s monster movies (Them!, Tarantula) which inspired the whole enterprise. After the success of this spider tale, Hollywood called: Elkayem answered with bug tale They Nest, and comical spider epic Eight Legged Freaks.