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(1990)

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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.
The anamatronic General Spider seen at the film's climax was one of the earliest prop jobs done by Mythbusters' Jamie Hyneman.
The sound of a spider being crushed by John Goodman was made by the foley artists crushing a couple of potato chips
The first film released under Disney's Hollywood Pictures label, which was also created so the studio could release more adult-oriented fare.
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.
Brian McNamara, who plays Chris Collins in Arachnophobia, was actually on an the episode of Family Ties entitled "A, My Name Is Alex", from 1987. The TV is playing an episode from Family Ties in the scene the house is covered in spiders.
The movie was filmed in Cambria, California. All the school scenes were filmed at Coast Union High School.
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.
According to Sheriff Lloyd Parsons, the house Dr. Ross Jennings now occupies is 'the old Daniels place'. Dr. Jennings is played by Jeff Daniels.
The production team painted purple stripes on the back of 'Big Bob' and added a prosthetic abdomen "to give him greater bulk".
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When in the cemetery exhuming one of the bodies, the name of the grave in the background says MacNamara, which is also the surname of the actor Brian, playing Chris Collins.
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Released exactly five days after Ghost (1990) was.
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The spider goes from South America to California needed to measure about one foot across. There was only one such spider in the U.S. Frank Marshall named the spider 'Big Bob' after director Robert Zemeckis.
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Finnish Censorship visas " 96861 delivered on 10-4-1991 (theatrical) and # T-96861 delivered on 4-9-1990 (VHS).
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French visa # 75453
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When in the morgue,the coroner is examining the last victim on the beds which is the American football player and he said that there's a bite behind her ear
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In the film the species of spider are Eusocial (Division of labour, division of reproductive labour, overlapping adult generations and cooperative brood care) but in reality most species of spider are solitary and aggressive to other spiders. The social species just live communally and don't show all the traits of Eusociality.
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