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I have seen this movie a lot since it came out and everytime I still don't get bored with it, Jeff Daniels as Dr. Ross Jennings is great, lots of cool stuff in this movie and especially if you like those spiders. John Goodman was awesome as Delbert McClintock the local exterminator, this movie will keep you at the edge of your seat. Arachnophobia is a must see for horror and spider fans, its a nice piece of movie making.
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.
"Arachnophobia" is a very entertaining horror movie produced by Steven
Spielberg. It's takes the fear of spiders to the next level. The film opens
with an expedition in South America where a very deadly tarantula puts the
bite on an American photographer, killing him in the process. Just before
the body gets transferred back to the U.S., the spider sneaks into the
coffin. Once in the states, the tarantula quickly mates with a domestic
house spider and that creates the ultimate nightmare. Before you know it, a
new strain of spiders have been born, that these little creepy crawlers are
just as lethal! Jeff Daniels is excellent as the new doctor in town who
hates spiders. He begins to realize something strange is happening. A couple
of deaths occur, and the doc feels that these unexpected demises might be
spider related. And man it's a scary ride to the finish. "Arachnophobia"
literally gave me the creeps. And it's also funny. Many of the film's comedy
is provided by John Goodman as the town exterminator. He's literally a hoot.
The thing about this movie that surprised me is that I was pulled into the
story right from the beginning and it kept my attention all the way to the
end. "Arachnophobia" was directed by Frank Marshall, Spielberg's long time
collaborater, in his directorial debut. Marshall did a very good job his
first time out helming a film which looked like a promising career move at
first. He made his second film, "Alive" a few years later (I've not seen
this one yet). Then he made "Congo", which was one of the worst movies of
1995, and hasn't directed another movie since (at least not to my
knowledge). But "Arachnophobia" was an above average debut for Marshall.
He's got good potential as a director. This isn't a brilliant movie, but a
good one. And it's lots of fun. One word of warning: if you have a fear of
spiders, don't watch this. You'll probably hate it. Don't say I didn't warn
*** (out of four)
I've seen a lot of movies in my life...too many movies some might say. I
have never been so scared in a movie than I was with "Arachnophobia".
I'm terrified of spiders. I think everything about them is just evil. And don't give me that "They eat bugs" bull, I don't care, spiders are still evil. My wife kills the spiders in our home. I know that's pathetic, but she earned that duty.
See, I would've never seen "Arachnophobia" had it not been for my wife, then fiance.
While it was in theaters, my buddies all wanted to see it, but in fear of wetting myself in front of them, I told them that I had other plans.
Fast forward four years, my fiance & I were at our local Blockwood video store, looking for the perfect scary movie, and she finds "Arachnophobia", knowing darn well that I'm terrified of spiders.
She asks if we can get it, and I agree, trying not to look like a pansy in front of the girl I want to spend my life with. By the end of the movie, I was as white as a sheet and gripping her hand so tight, she couldn't feel anything in her hand. I seriously spent most of the movie with my eyes closed.
For that reason, she kills the spiders in our home. She felt so bad about scaring me like that.
I know that there are quite a bit of you that think this movie is too humorous to be scary. That's biggest load I've ever heard.
If you hate spiders, DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE!
Arachnophobia is a great spider film that stars Jeff Daniels,Harley Jane Kozak,John Goodman, Julian Sands, and Peter Jason. The film isn`t really scary but its the creepyness that gets to you! Arachnophobia has good acting and it has a great beginning! Good music too! I recommend Arachnophobia to all creature and horror film fans alike!
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. ***
Making a comedy about killer spiders is a pretty ambitious plan, because killer spiders (even fictional breeds) make me feel somewhat uncomfortable. Just look at the popcorn scene and you'll know what I'm talking about, that's just incredibly creepy. The weird scientists and the goofy exterminator give some kind of comic relief but argh, there are the spiders again. The best scene in the entire movie is probably the showdown between our main guy (a rather bland Jeff Daniels) and the villains, because that's the scene where they actually start doing something about them. That's pretty much my pet peeve with this movie, there isn't really that much action, and eventually it feels like it's over before it has started. Nobody bothers to fight the spiders until the last ten minutes, which tends to make the movie a tad boring. Very creepy though.
I did not start watching "Arachnophobia" expecting to like it. I was
surprised to find that it was really quite enjoyable and kept your
attention. It sounds like just another stupid take off of "The Birds
(1963)" and something not really worth your time.
I think what made this movie work was that it had lots of humor and the spiders did not seem too unbelievable. It had lots of shadows from the spiders on the walls and behind the curtains which has an eerie effect on the audience.
I would recommend renting this movie. Watch it with an open mind and try not to think, "This is stupid."
What is the difference between this movie and woofers in the tradition of "The Giant Spider Invasion" ? MONEY ! It seems that if somebody made a 50 millions $ remake of "Robot Monster", everybody would find it great. Here, after a very beautiful and imaginative prologue, we're in for Disney cute-clean fodder, young-couple-settles-in-a-new-home-but-some-monsters-lurks trifle where the cliffhangers (first death, second death, false scare) seems be straight out of a scriptwriter's manuel ("scriptwriting for doofs" ?) And it is almost as scary as a rerun of "Little house in the prairie". Fortunately, John Goodman was in it, in another one of his gigantic performance. This guy could play any role and still be fascinating (well. except Superman, maybe.)
Formulaic fright film that has such a sweet TV look and feel that there
are very few scares and a lot of silly sitcom humor. The next movie
mortician or coroner that shows up with face full of food should die
from clichéd caused heart failure.
For that matter there seems to be a lot of emphasis here on plump people and their fixation for food and it has nothing to do with the story. It does present the arach-attack quite seriously but the webbing surrounding the rest of the film is so lame, lighthearted and stereotypical that if you listen closely you might hear a laugh-track.
Kids and non concerning adults who like their serving "lite" might find some entertainment value here, but just don't expect anything remotely resembling a real Horror or Sci-Fi movie.
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