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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.

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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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Eight legs, two fangs and an attitude. 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 »

Goofs

After the photographer has been bitten by a spider, he lies down on his bunk and dies. He is lying on his left-hand side, dead, when a little blood dribbles out of the left corner of his mouth and runs down an inch or more onto his left cheek. When he is shown in his coffin a few moments later, he still has blood in the left corner of his mouth, but the bloodstain is much smaller and, instead of running across his cheek, it is pointing down - towards his chin. See more »

Quotes

Molly Jennings: I'm sure you knew exactly what you were doing when you took Margaret off those pills.
Dr. Ross Jennings: Like I knew what I was doing when I chose this town... with the country doctor from hell!
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Ewwww, Spiders...
13 February 2005 | by ryan_kuhnSee all my reviews

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.


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