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Arachnophobia (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Brocksmith ...
Mary Carver ...
Tommy Jennings (as Garette Patrick Ratliff)
Marlene Katz ...


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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Release Date:

18 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aracnofobia  »

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$31,000,000 (estimated)


$53,133,888 (USA)

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The action of the movie takes place in the fictional city of Canaima. But Canaima is the name of the Venezuelian National Park in which the beginning of the movie was shot. See more »


(at around 1h 27 mins) When the exterminator's truck stops between the barn the house, there is a crew member behind it, between the porch roof and the attic roof. See more »


Dr. Ross Jennings: [Dr. Ross Jennings has just informed his wife that Dr. Sam Metcalf has postponed his retirement, and that he is seeing his only patient Tomorrow]
Dr. Ross Jennings: We're gonna be fine, we'll be alright, just like you said.
Molly Jennings: With ONE patient?
Dr. Ross Jennings: Well, I mean, you know? Maybe I'll get lucky and all of her systems will be ravaged by disease. Ya know, kinda like having seven patients in one.
[scene changes to Dr. Jennings surgery where he has just completed his examination of Margaret Hollins]
Dr. Ross Jennings: Fit as a fiddle, not a damn ...
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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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