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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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Eight legs, two fangs and an attitude. See more »


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$31,000,000 (estimated)

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$53,133,888 (USA)
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Trivia

The spider goes from South America to California needed to measure about one foot across. There was only one such spider in the U.S. Frank Marshall named the spider 'Big Bob' after director Robert Zemeckis. See more »

Goofs

After the Margaret's party where Doctor Jennings (Daniels) is introduced to village residents there is a shot of Margaret's feet as she enters her house followed by a spider. There is a noticeable 'Wobble' and the camera position shifts slightly as the frame is cut after the actress passes before the spider enters. (The spider would have been filmed separately then the shots spliced together.) See more »

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[last lines]
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 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) 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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Ewwww, Spiders...
13 February 2005 | by (King of Prussia, PA) – See all my reviews

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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