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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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Taglines:

Eight legs, two fangs and an attitude. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The production reached out to a Hollywood prop shop to build The General, a 15-inch mechanical Big Bob double; it was created by none other than future MythBuster Jamie Hyneman. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie, The Queen spider makes several squeals or screams. Such as when she lunges at the professor. Spiders do not make these sounds. Although some can make a hissing sound, But definitely not the sounds we hear. These are simply added for a dramatic effect, and for those who already knew this, a comedic effect. See more »

Quotes

Doctor James Atherton: In its original habitat it was confined by geography that isn't true here.
[the General spider is not from Canima]
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Soundtracks

Blue Eyes Are Sensitive To The Light
Written by Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly and Martika
Performed by Sara Hickman
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User Reviews

A lazy afternoon movie with poisonous spiders

I like Arachnophobia for different reasons than usual- I love its setting. Small town western coastal town, bathed in sunlight suddenly gets invaded by poisonous spiders from South America. This is a good enough film and Jeff Daniels is more than adequate as the lead everyday guy. Frank Marshall has an affinity with nature- He also directed Congo and Eight Below and this film suits his sensibility. I doubt if anyone except extreme arachnophobiacs would be scared. Go watch it for a good ride.


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