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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Brocksmith ...
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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The suspense of Alien! The excitement of Jaws! The fun of Back To The Future! See more »


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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Canaima is the name of the avenging spirit of the Guyana Indians. It's also the name the area in Venezuela where the beginning of the movie was filmed and home to the world's tallest waterfall, Angel Falls. See more »


When the three girls are driving away after being warned about the spiders, one of them says "Yo, Dr.Death" yet none of their mouths move. See more »


Delbert McClintock: Would anyone object if I tore this floor out?
Molly Jennings: I would.
Delbert McClintock: False alarm then. Lead on.
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Referenced in Trapped in a Purple Haze (2000) See more »


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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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