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Arachnophobia (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 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.

Director:

Frank Marshall

Writers:

Don Jakoby (story), Al Williams (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Ross Jennings
Harley Jane Kozak ... Molly Jennings
John Goodman ... Delbert McClintock
Julian Sands ... Dr. James Atherton
Stuart Pankin ... Sheriff Parsons
Brian McNamara ... Chris Collins
Mark L. Taylor ... Jerry Manley
Henry Jones ... Dr. Sam Metcalf
Peter Jason ... Henry Beechwood
James Handy ... Milton Briggs
Roy Brocksmith ... Irv Kendall
Kathy Kinney ... Blaire Kendall
Mary Carver ... Margaret Hollins
Garette Ratliff Henson ... Tommy Jennings (as Garette Patrick Ratliff)
Marlene Katz Marlene Katz ... Shelley Jennings
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aracnofobia See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$53,208,180
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The safety of the spiders was paramount throughout the entire production, so for one scene where McLintock (John Goodman) had to spray an arachnid with insecticide, then squash it with his boot, the production went to extreme measures: first, a dummy spider was sprayed. then Goodman donned special boots with a hollowed out sole for the squash shot, so that the spider would just curl up inside and wait for the next take. See more »

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When Becky is in the shower, the spider slips down her cleavage. When she looks down and screams, you can see a flesh-coloured garment. See more »

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Dr. Ross Jennings: In my opinion...
Margaret Hollins: In my opinion, Dr. Metcalf isn't aware of the difference between his ass and a hole in the ground
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Needed to be darker
3 February 2007 | by gcd70See all my reviews

Director Frank Marshall brings us this movie about a South American deadly spider wreaking havoc in a small American town. The plot from Don Jakoby and Al Williams has its share of scares, but I have to say, not much more.

John Goodman is quite funny as local exterminator Delbert McClintock, but others, including Jeff Daniels as Dr. Ross Jennings and Julian Sands as Dr. James Atherton, are just there for the ride.

This Steven Spielberg project, on which he shared executive production duties with director Frank Marshall, was one of his dreams come true. "Arachnaphobia" needed a darker approach, even a darker humour.

Saturday, February 23, 1991 - Knox District Centre


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