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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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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 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 »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double for Ross during the falls in the house and the barn. See more »

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Doctor James Atherton: What's your specialty, Manley?
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highly recommended
1 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

Dr. Ross Jennings is a renowned doctor from the big city who relocates to a small town in the country. Not only does he not fit in with the local residents, but he also has an uncontrollable fear of spiders which are prevalent in the surrounding area. To make matters worse, a new, lethal breed of spider has made its way from South America to their hometown, and produced a far more deadly breed that's slowly taking over their once peaceful little community. Exciting, creepy thriller with first-rate special effects, hair-raising chills, and an excellent cast. Not for the squeamish or anyone with the titular fear, especially at the film's nail-biting finale. ***


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