Arachnophobia (1990)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Fantasy, Horror


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A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.


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  • Jeff Daniels in Arachnophobia (1990)
  • Jeff Daniels and Brian McNamara in Arachnophobia (1990)
  • Frank Marshall in Arachnophobia (1990)

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13 February 2005 | ryan_kuhn
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| Ewwww, Spiders...
Spiders are not a favorite of many people, something about eight legs does not appeal to the masses. The movie Arachnophobia plays on the fears of an audience, while mixing in enough humor to engage the viewer with a standard horror story. Jeff Daniels plays a big city doctor who moves out into the country to take over the practice of the soon-to-be retiring doctor who has served for about 140 years or so. The Daniels' character is also scared of spiders, so when killer spiders enter the town, we have the standard ingredients to the standard horror movie. The spiders look convincing enough to scare almost anybody, and the exterminator, played by John Goodman, offers enough jokes to lead to an entertaining movie. There is nothing Earth-shattering about the film, but for popcorn season, this movie will not disappoint.

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Trivia

The small spiders used in the film were Avondale spiders (Delena Cancerides), a harmless species from New Zealand that were provided by Landcare Research in Auckland. Despite their fierce appearance, this spider is a docile member of the crab-spider family and is, in fact, harmless to humans. They were not allowed back in New Zealand for quarantine reasons. The giant "spider" used in the film was a species of a bird-eating tarantula, which can attain a legspan of eight inches or more. Those types of tarantulas are not easy to handle and can give a nasty bite. The spiders in the film were managed and handled by famed entomologist Steven R. Kutcher.


Quotes

Delbert McClintock: Would anyone object if I tore this floor out?
Molly Jennings: I would.
Delbert McClintock: False alarm then. Lead on.


Goofs

When the spider attacks were being marked on the map, it suggested that the Jennings house was in the middle of town, but when the bird carried the General over to the house, you can see a mountain range in the background with no other houses in sight, suggesting it's in the middle of nowhere.


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Don't Bug Me
Written by
Jimmy Buffett, Mike Utley and Jay Oliver
Performed by Jimmy Buffett
Music: Trevor Jones
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
Through special arrangement with Elektra Entertainment
An ECM Production
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
Jimmy Buffett appears courtesy of MCA Records

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror | Thriller

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