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Arachnophobia (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 18 July 1990 (USA)
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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Trivia

Brian McNamara, who plays Chris Collins, appeared in an episode of Family Ties called "A, My Name Is Alex" in 1987. In the scene where the Daniels' house is covered in spiders, the TV in the living room is playing an episode from Family Ties. See more »

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(at arouns 0h 19 mins) When the dog and cat use the pet door to run away from the spider, theere is a crew member pushing the fake spider out of the door before the crow lands to catch it. See more »

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Doctor James Atherton: [while drawing out the general spider] Suppers ready! Come and get it
[said general spider screeches and leaps onto his neck sinking it's fangs into his throat]
Delbert McClintock: [minutes later cries out as James drops from the rafters, cocooned and covered in spiders] They got the professor!
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Referenced in Home and Away: Episode #1.722 (1991) See more »

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Summer Wind
Written by Henry Mayer, Hans Brudtke and Johnny Mercer
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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It made my Skin Crawl
15 January 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

As a movie this isn't really all that great. The cast, the script and the direction are all adequate, and there's nothing really special about it as a movie. Yet i have scored it 7/10, seems weird; but let me tell you why.

If the bugs had been something other than spiders then i would have given this a 5 or 6, that is about the score it deserves as a movie, but if your like me, and your an arachnophobe then this movie surpasses this score significantly, it makes your skin crawl and has you thinking every shadow is a spider for weeks afterwards. Aside from scaring the s**t out of me it also made me laugh a lot.

For arachnophobes, who enjoy a fright this is the film for you

7/10


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