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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ross Jennings
... Molly Jennings
... Delbert McClintock
... Dr. James Atherton
... Sheriff Parsons
... Chris Collins
... Jerry Manley
... Dr. Sam Metcalf
... Henry Beechwood
... Milton Briggs
... Irv Kendall
... Blaire Kendall
... Margaret Hollins
... Tommy Jennings (as Garette Patrick Ratliff)
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 »


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18 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aracnofobia  »

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Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$53,208,180
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Trivia

The production team painted purple stripes on the back of 'Big Bob' and added a prosthetic abdomen "to give him greater bulk". 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 »

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[last lines]
Doctor James Atherton: [while drawing out the general spider] Suppers ready! Come and get it
[said general spider screeches and leaps onto his neck sinking it's fangs into his throat]
Delbert McClintock: [minutes later cries out as James drops from the rafters, cocooned and covered in spiders] They got the professor!
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Referenced in The Larry Sanders Show: The Spider Episode (1992) See more »

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Goin' Ahead
Written and Performed by Pat Metheny
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Spiders!
20 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Arachnophobia deserves a much higher rating and a lot more attention and fame than it got. Jeff Daniels is fantastic in it and John Goodman steals the show as an exterminator who is in way over his head. Julian Sands is also great.

It's about super deadly killer spiders who kill a researcher in South America then hitch a ride in his casket back to the United States where they begin a killing spree.

This movie is very funny and also has a lot of great scares in it. If spiders make you feel icky and or shiver then this is the movie for you. The use of real non-CGI spiders and good practical effects make the spiders much more menacing.


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