While pest control technicians have always been heroes in our book, the profession is finally getting the Hollywood treatment it deserves. Opening in theaters nationwide in October, Big Ass Spider, is “a TREMORS-style creature feature about a towering mutant arachnid rampaging across Los Angeles” and the main character is a Western Exterminator technician. The film’s protagonist, Alex Mathis, played by Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Lost), is a clever exterminator determined to bring down the monster spider.
“We often receive calls from producers interested including Western Exterminator in their film and television projects. However, when I read the script to this movie, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the pest control technician was the movie’s star,” said Nancy Ringman, Vice President at Western Exterminator.
Being an LA fixture since 1921, it only makes sense that the film’s director, Mike Mendez, would choose to include Western Exterminator (a member of the Rentokil family of companies) in the plot of his ode to classic creature features. Western’s Mr. Little logo has been an iconic part of LA culture for 10 decades and counting. The Little Man has donned billboards and Western trucks for years, and was even featured on Van Halen’s 1984 Tour memorabilia (The Van Halen brothers grew up near the Western Exterminator sign at the head office). However, appearing in a full-length cult movie will take Mr. Little’s fame to a new level.
“It’s an LA movie and we’re an LA company,” added Ringman. “We were happy to lend the filmmakers Western Exterminator uniforms and a vehicle for the filming.”
The star of the movie, Greg Grunberg, is also an actual Western Exterminator customer and incorporated a few true-to-life details to his performance. For example, in one scene, Grunberg’s character answers a phone call using the greeting Western Exterminator customer service employees use when they answer incoming calls.
Terrific reviews are already pouring in for Big Ass Spider. The Epic Pictures-produced film was called “Hilarious and Wildly Entertaining” by CraveOnline, “Squirmy, hilarious fun” by the Village Voice and an “Oddly Satisfying B-Movie Romp” by Indiewire.
The critics seem to agree that if you’re a creature feature fan or just someone who wants to have a good time at the movies, Big Ass Spider is the perfect flick for you. A result of all the Social Media buzz around the film, the official trailer topped the iTunes movie trailer list this week despite going head-to-head with a host of big budget films.
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