A man is taken to a small clinic in Guam with mysterious bites on him. This sparks a search for what could have caused such wounds. A group of men and women fly to the island he lived on to... See full summary »
A large spider from the jungles of South America is accidently transported in a crate with a dead body to America where it mates with a local spider. Soon after, the residents of a small California town disappear as the result of spider bites from the deadly spider offspring. It's up to a couple of doctors with the help of an insect exterminator to annihilate these eight legged freaks before they take over the entire town. Written by
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When in the cemetery exhuming one of the bodies, the name of the grave in the background says MacNamara, which is also the surname of the actor Brian, playing Chris Collins. See more »
When Becky is in the shower, the spider slips down her cleavage. When she looks down and screams, you can see a flesh-coloured garment. See more »
Dr. Ross Jennings:
Milt, why don't you cover the living room.
Dr. Ross Jennings:
Chris, why don't you check out back. And uh Lloyd, take the kitchen. And I'll just uh, I'll oversee the uh, I'll just coordinate the uh, I'll just stay right here.
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Spielberg either hits or misses, there are few who fall through the cracks of the mediocre. This one was the exception, at least as far as box office response is concerned. It didn't bomb, but it failed to generate the deserving revenue.
Jeff Daniels had promise as a leading man, at the time this was filmed. That promise has since been broken with movies like Dumb and Dumber, 101 Dalmatians, and My Favorite Martian, but he still has what it takes in the Squid and the Whale, Gods and Generals, and Good Night and Good Luck. But then he goes and does something ridiculous like RV. Ah well. I digress.
When Arachnophobia was filmed, Daniels was a competent and talented leading actor. His performance is completely believable and actually lacks that feeling of being mis-cast as do his comedic roles. I do have to say that I prefer him as a serious actor to his comedic attempts.
This film, however, has been constructed in a less grand scale than Shatner's 1977 Kingdom of the Spiders. As a result, Arachnophobia is far more realistic than the overdone KotS. The antagonists exhibit realism, are not three stories tall, and the acting quality better reflects the talents of the actors involved.
All in all? This is pretty atmospheric and generates some great taut suspense. It's definitely a creature feature worth watching.
It rates an 8.4/10 from...
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