Steve Guttenberg Talks Monsters, Heroes and Shakespeare

The star of Lavalantula Steve Guttenberg stopped by to talk about his new monster movie franchise, our need for heroes, and the difference between giants spiders that shoot lava and Shakespeare.

“It is very important to take the audience’s mind into an absurd place. That they know this is a movie. That they know this couldn’t happen, so you can have fun,” said Guttenberg. “You want them to take the leap of faith, but you want them to realize that it’s light on a sheet.”

Lavalantula gathered 1.44 million viewers and Syfy has greenlit the sequel 2 Lava 2 Lantula coming out in the summer of 2016.

Guttenberg defined the 80s with 19 films, including Diner, Police Academy, Short Circuit, Cocoon, and 3 Men and a Baby.

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What is Lavalantula?

Giant lava breathing tarantulas – Lavalantulas – erupt out of ancient volcanos in the Santa Monica Mountains, raining death and destruction upon Los Angeles, in the new Syfy Original Movie Lavalantula, premiering in Summer 2015.

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.

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Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.