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Arachnophobia (1990)

 -  Comedy | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  18 July 1990 (USA)
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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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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 Shaun Ouimette <xtreemshaun589@hotmail.com>

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The suspense of Alien! The excitement of Jaws! The fun of Back To The Future! See more »


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$31,000,000 (estimated)

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$53,133,888 (USA)
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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. See more »

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When Becky is screaming after seeing the spider in the shower, you can see her underwear in the mirror reflection. See more »

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Dr. Ross Jennings: Chris, I'm scared to death.
Collins: Yeah, we all are, but our brains secrete a neurotransmitter that enables us to deal with them.
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Slickly-made "scare comedy" has Spielberg's patented homey touch...
21 January 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Steven Spielberg produced this big-budget bug movie, yet it's got nothing on 1977's low-budget thriller "Kingdom of the Spiders", nor is it a cheesy excitement on the level of Bert I. Gordon's latter-day monster movies. Killer spiders from South America make it to the rural U.S., causing bland family man Jeff Daniels to call an exterminator (enter John Goodman, funny as a super-cool spider-killer, yet it's an intermittent cameo that calls too much attention to itself and sticks out obtrusively). There are some enjoyable, ingenious bits, yet nobody came up with a really novel way of introducing or disposing of the spiders. B-picture formula given high-tech treatment is mild fun for about ten minutes, tops. ** from ****


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