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 Julian Sands in Arachnophobia (1990)
  • Jeff Daniels and Brian McNamara in Arachnophobia (1990)
  • Jeff Daniels and Harley Jane Kozak in Arachnophobia (1990)

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16 November 2002 | tayster12-5
Scariest Movie Ever!
I've seen a lot of movies in my life...too many movies some might say. I have never been so scared in a movie than I was with "Arachnophobia".

I'm terrified of spiders. I think everything about them is just evil. And don't give me that "They eat bugs" bull, I don't care, spiders are still evil. My wife kills the spiders in our home. I know that's pathetic, but she earned that duty.

See, I would've never seen "Arachnophobia" had it not been for my wife, then fiance.

While it was in theaters, my buddies all wanted to see it, but in fear of wetting myself in front of them, I told them that I had other plans.

Fast forward four years, my fiance & I were at our local Blockwood video store, looking for the perfect scary movie, and she finds "Arachnophobia", knowing darn well that I'm terrified of spiders.

She asks if we can get it, and I agree, trying not to look like a pansy in front of the girl I want to spend my life with. By the end of the movie, I was as white as a sheet and gripping her hand so tight, she couldn't feel anything in her hand. I seriously spent most of the movie with my eyes closed.

For that reason, she kills the spiders in our home. She felt so bad about scaring me like that.

I know that there are quite a bit of you that think this movie is too humorous to be scary. That's biggest load I've ever heard.

If you hate spiders, DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE!

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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 docile member of the crab-spider family and are, 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 attains an 8" legspan or more. Those types of tarantula 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.


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Dr. Ross Jennings: Easy, easy with that. Don't want to agitate the sediments. Chateau Margaux, 127 bucks a bottle.
Mover: Tasty, huh?
Dr. Ross Jennings: At that price, who can afford to drink it?


Goofs

After the photographer has been bitten by a spider, he lies down on his bunk and dies. He is lying on his left-hand side, dead, when a little blood dribbles out of the left corner of his mouth and runs down an inch or more onto his left cheek. When he is shown in his coffin a few moments later, he still has blood in the left corner of his mouth, but the bloodstain is much smaller and, instead of running across his cheek, it is pointing down - towards his chin.


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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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