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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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spider | doctor | death | venezuela | jungle | See more »

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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

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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[Flicks ant off of Manley's knee]
Doctor James Atherton: 24 hour ant.
Jerry Manley: They bite?
Doctor James Atherton: They kill, Mr. Manley, in sufficient numbers.
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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
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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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