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Fredrick is the main antagonist of the 2002 comedy/horror film Eight Legged Freaks.

He is an enormous female black widow spider from Brazil, and like all the other spiders, he belonged to a spider breeder before they all got exposed to noxious chemicals that made them grow to the size of a man, with some of them (like Fredrick) being even bigger.


SHe appeared at the beginning of the film where Joshua, the spider breeder, showed a kid named Mike his spiders, including Fredrick, who was being fed crickets by the female orb-weavers. After Mark leaves, Fredrick bites Joshua and kills him. The spiders then start to grow to the size of adults. He makes a slight appearance when Mark returns to find Joshua missing and discovers a broken leg of an Orb-Weaver spider.

Apparently unaware of their growth, the spiders start to prey on the residents of the town, with Fredrick staying in her lair while the other spiders bring him food, as if she is the queen. She then appeared when a teenager, Bret, got lost in the mines where the spiders live and sees Fredrick feeding on a human.

She doesn't appear again until the end of the film where he, along with a large group of other spiders, chases Chris and his aunt Gladys through the mines. However, before he can capture Chris, the mines blow up, and he and the other spiders are destroyed.


  • Male orb-weavers look nothing like Fredrick, with the female orb-weavers in the film actually resembling male orb-weavers more than Fredrick.

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