Arachnid

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Arachnid (2001)

Arachnid is a 2001 English language production from producer Brian Yuzna (famous for such horror movies as Necronomicon and The Re-Animator film series). Since Yuzna is based out of Spain, most of his production is Spanish including many of his stars, however he does use American or British actors to secure international distribution. Arachnid is an average "B" Monster Movie, however, upon closer inspection, it has one of the most rapid breaks in gun continuity this side of an Uwe Boll Movie as characters are given one firearm at the beginning of the film and end up with another gun at the end.


The following weapons were used in the film Arachnid:

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Pistols

Colt M1911A1

Lauren's brother, Pilot Joey Mercer (Jesús Cabrero) aka Call Sign "Lightfoot" aims his Colt M1911A1 at a creature. Though he is wearing some strange looking Air Force insignia, in the story he is supposed to be a "Navy flier" who is piloting an F-117 Stealth plane when he crashes. I guess the screenwriter didn't know that the US Navy doesn't fly F-117 Stealth fighters, and the actor is wearing Air Force Style insignia.

Colt M1911A1 - .45ACP
Joey Mercer (Jesús Cabrero) aka "Lightfoot" looks on with horror at an alien attack as he aims his matte finish Colt M1911A1 pistol - .45 ACP. Note the oversized Airforce Wing patch with the name "JOE" over his left breast pocket. Usually American military pilots have their leather name tag with branch of service, name and rank embossed velcroed on to this part of the flightsuit.

Colt MK IV Series 70

Reyes (Luis Lorenzo Crespo) carries a bright blued Colt Series 70 M1911 pistol. Valentine carries a Series 70 M1911 as well but his pistol has offwhite stag horn grips.

Colt MK IV Series 70 - .45ACP
Reyes (Luis Lorenzo Crespo) aims his high polish Colt Series 70 M1911A1 pistol at Valentine (Chris Potter) - .45 ACP
Valentine holds his Series 70 with Stag horn grips - .45 ACP

Star Model Super

Bear (Watts Rockeford Allen) also has his own M1911 style pistol, but he uses a Star Model Super (chambered for the 9mm Largo round). The Star Model pistol is identifiable by the external extractor and the slightly longer slide (than the Model A or B).

Star Model B Super aka Star Modelo Super - 9x19mm
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Browning Hi-Power

Susana (Neus Asensi) carries and fires a Browning Hi Power pistol (or clone).

Commercial Browning Hi-Power Mark III - 9x19mm

* Looks like a Browning BDA

Susana (Neus Asensi) reacts to a monster attack with her Browning Hi Power - 9mm
Susana (Neus Asensi) watches the rooftops with her Browning Hi Power - 9mm

Submachine guns

Ingram MAC-10

Valentine (Chris Potter) is given a bright blued Ingram MAC-10 with a barrel extender at the beginning of the film. Using the barrel extender is recommended being that the MAC-10 has a high rate of fire and the extender allows the shooter to use both hands. Unfortunately Valentine rarely uses both hands to fire....

MAC-10 with detachable barrel extension - .45 ACP
Valentine (Chris Potter) is given a bright blued Ingram MAC-10 - .45 ACP. And ends up firing it cockeyed with one hand.
Valentine (Chris Potter) aims gangster style with his Ingram MAC-10 - .45 ACP.

IMI Uzi

Towards the end of the movie, Valentine's Ingram MAC-10 mysteriously changes into an Uzi 9mm Submachine Gun!

IMI Uzi with buttstock collapsed - 9x19mm
Valentine (Chris Potter) magically has an Uzi where he had a MAC-10 before.
Valentine (Chris Potter) readies with his Uzi . . . . . . . and ends up firing it cockeyed like he does throughout the movie.

Rifles

Colt AR-15 SP1 Carbine

In the beginning of the film Reyes (Luis Lorenzo Crespo) and Bear (Watts Rockeford Allen) are issued Colt SP1 Carbines with 16" barrels, however they change to 14.5" Colt Model 654 Carbines (the export model of the 653 with slab side receiver) constantly between shots. Both the 16" and the 14.5" versions are seen firing fully automatic in the film. This is the least obvious continuity error in this film. The SP1 Carbine is also used by Lauren Mercer (Alex Reid) throughout the rest of the film. The Colt Carbine that Lauren Mercer (Alex Reid) uses changes many times during the film, something which the actress seems to be acknowledging in the film. When the gun changes, the actress seems to look at the gun with perplexed look on her face, seemingly a nod to the fact that the armorer had a completely different gun for that shooting day.

Colt Sporter I Carbine - 5.56x45mm
Bear fires his SP1 Carbine and Reyes reacts to a sound. When examined carefully these guns have the 16" barrel which makes them the SP1 Carbine - 5.56mm
Mercer (Alex Reid) fusses with the telescoping buttstock of her SP1 Carbine - 5.56mm
Tribesman "Toe Boy" (Robert Vicencio) and Mercer (Alex Reid) help an injured Valentine (Chris Potter) while "Toy Boy" carries a Colt SP1 Carbine slung along with his spear.

Colt Model 654 Carbine

Using an armorer from Spain, the production apparently had access to the Colt model 654, the export model of the 653, which unlike the 653 has the slab side like the SP1 receiver. It appears upon close examination that these rifles have 14.5" barrels rather than the full sized 16" ones from the SP1 Carbine.

Colt Model 654 "M16A1 Carbine" - 5.56x45mm
Reyes (Luis Lorenzo Crespo) loads his 14.5" barreled Colt 654 carbine and fires it at a bug "gooney bird" style...
Bear (Watts Rockeford Allen) hip fires his 14.5" barreled Colt 654 carbine in the river - 5.56mm

Colt Model 765 Carbine

Lauren Mercer's gun changes again from a slab side SP1 to a carbine with an A2 rear sight, forward assist and brass deflector. The 765 Carbine is the closest candidate.

Mercer's gun has an A2 rear sight, forward assist and brass deflector.

Colt M16A1

Mercer's gun changes yet again to a Colt M16A1 with A2 handguards.

Colt M16A1 with A2 handguards - 5.56x45mm.
Continuity Error - Lauren Mercer (Alex Reid) now holds an M16A1 with A2 handguards as she talks to a dying Doctor Capri (Ravil Isyanov) who has been injected with spider venom - 5.56mm

Colt Model 733

Lauren Mercer's weapons changes yet again to a Colt 733 Carbine with a 11.5" barrel and A1 Style birdcage Flash hider.

Colt Model 733 "M16A2 Commando" - 5.56x45mm
Mercer (Alex Reid) with her Colt 733 Carbine or an M16 customized to resemble one - 5.56mm
Mercer (Alex Reid) looks for giant bugs with her Colt 733 Carbine - 5.56mm

Is it my imagination? or is the barrel slightly shorter in these shots? Thus indicating yet another weapon? Based on the off color of the barrel, it seems to be a commercial barrel cut down to resemble a Colt 733.

Mercer with a Colt 733 look a like - possibly an 11" versus an 11.5"
Mercer with the commercial barrel Colt 733 look a like - the barrel seems a hair shorter than the previous gun images.

Colt 733 Carbine with A2 Flash hider

Later in the film Mercer's 733 has an A2 flash hider instead of the previous A1 Birdcage.

Mercer fires, her 733 now has an A2 Flash hider - 5.56mm

Colt 733 Carbine with original M16 3 prong flash hider

Later in the film Mercer's 733 has the original three prong flash hider.

Mercer's gun now has a three prong flash hider - 5.56mm

Colt 733 Carbine with no flash hider

When Valentine fires the same gun, it has no flash hider at all.

Valentine (Chris Potter) one handed fires his 733 with no flash hider - 5.56mm

Trivia Special

Goofy firing stances

In this film, no one (except the pistol shooters) seems to aim at all. Everyone with a submachine gun or assault rifle fires 'underhand' like a softball pitcher and most of the time their guns are cock-eyed to one side. It was consistent throughout the film so it was a conscious directorial decision.

Why aim at all when you can hold your gun like a lawn hose and shoot up?



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