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Arachnophobia 1990

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Referring to the fear of spiders, Arachnophobia features a particularly deadly species of spider that manages to make its way from the Venezuelan rain forest to a small California town, thanks to the many oversights of entomologist Julian Sands. Yuppie doctor Jeff Daniels, fed up with the dangers inherent in big-city living, has resettled in this town on the assumption that nothing untoward could ever happen here to himself and his family. Before long, however, Daniels is trying to make sense of a series of sudden deaths-and to figure out why each of the corpses has been drained of blood. The audience, of course, knows that the culprits are those pesky South American spiders, which grow larger with each kill. To make matters worse, Jeff Daniels suffers from a profound case of arachnophobia. John Goodman supports the cast as a slovenly exterminator, and Frank Marshall, longtime producer of Steven Spielberg's films, makes his directorial debut in Arachnophobia.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Starring:
Frances Bay, Jeff Daniels
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Frances Bay, Jeff Daniels, Henry Jones, Julian Sands, Harley Jane Kozak, Brian McNamara, Peter Jason, Stuart Pankin, Kathy Kinney, Roy Brocksmith, James Handy, Mark L. Taylor, John Goodman
Director Frank Marshall
Genres Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Rental release 22 January 2001
Main languages English
Dubbing Italian, French
Subtitles French
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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The directorial debut for friend of Steven Speilberg Frank Marshall is a very good one, the taught atmosphere, witty dialogue and tense moments are all reminiscent of Spielberg's other films, though it is clear he has not directed. The theme of spiders will put a lot of people off watching this film and i can't blame them, having arachnophobia i found watching this at times very uncomfortable and tense, particualrily because real spiders are used for most of the scenes making the experience even more realistic and chilling. Jeff Daniels is a little miscast here but he fares well enough as the main character who has a paralysing fear of spiders and ends up having to face them in the films excellent climax. John Goodman is very funny as the exterminator and his role livens the film up. Julian Sands is a bad actor and his part as the spider expert is wooden and unrealistic. The film doesn't take itself seriously, a mistake a lot of creature features make, and as a result the experience is more enjoyable and the laughs and chills are mixed equally enough to make it bearable and enjoyable. If you do have a fear of spiders then walk on because this definitley will make you check the bath before you get in and have you keeping the windows closed at all times.
The only negative is the poor animatronic spider seen in quite a few shots, bearing in mind this film is twenty years old there not that bad but comapared to special effects of Jurassic Park which was released close to this the animatronic spiders are clearly fake.
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By A Customer on 4 Nov. 2000
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What? You've never seen Arachnophobia? I don't believe you! I'm pretty sure everyone in the world has seen and been chilled to the bone by this film... the first time I saw it, it scared the crap out of me and has haunted me ever since - I still look up at light fittings and shower heads on entering the bathroom!
This is a must for your collection, whether you buy loads of DVDs or are just looking for something to try out your new piece of kit. ...you'd be hard pressed to get a better deal! Buy this one now!
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I love everything about this film and it matures like a fine wine.

Tried it out on kids who were the age I must have been when I first saw it, and they followed exactly the same curve from 'What is this cheese?, through 'actually this is rather cute and funny, it's better than I expected' to 'aaargh, spiders nooooo!" And finished with "Delbert was just awesome, wasn't he?!'

Complete vindication of my film choice for the evening, and the baton handed on to a new generation: my work here is done :-D
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this is a great copy of this movie,nothing was wrong. I also have a copy from region one, both seem to be the same. this copy seems to be a little better in sound,great job. this copy should be in your collection, great price. I like the rating on front of the dvd. about the movie, the spider is a terror, acting is top notch. my order came in on time and was very well packed,it came from Australia, and they did a top notch job on the dvd. you will enjoy the movie, the price it right.
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if your a fan of "spielberg" movies then this will be a great night in movie....a doctor has to establish how the townsfolk are dying suddenly in his small town;only to find out its a large amount of killer spiders on the loose(the thing is the good doc is afraid of spiders)...a great thriller/comedy/horror...!10/10
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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Jan. 2005
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"Arachnophobia" is a clever comedy/thriller sure to scare the spider-phobes out there. Jeff Daniels and Harley Jane Kozak star as Dr. Ross and Molly Jennings, a young couple who have moved to the country to start his medical practice. Little do they know that a huge, deadly spider has arrived from South America and is reproducing - a lot. One by one, town residents start dropping like flies, until Ross figures out they were all died of spider bites. This brings back memories of a childhood trauma that left him with a paralyzing fear of spiders. And the spider's nest is right in Ross' barn.
There are many creepy scenes menacing spiders that will have you looking around to make sure none are near you. The idyllic rural setting contrasts nicely with the intensely scary stalking spiders. Daniels is perfect as the dedicated young doctor and John Goodman has a small but funny part as an exterminator. The movie may be too scary for very young children, but others will giggle a little and gasp a lot.
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Ah, Summer 1990 - what a time to be a kid, or even just a film fan in general. There were so many classics out that summer (Gremlins 2, RoboCop 2, BTTF 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Arachnophobia wasn't one of them but I was excited by the trailer (which used a weird, alternate version of the Gremlin Rag) and I was a fan of John Goodman and Julian Sands, having recently seen Raising Arizona and Warlock at the time. I didn't actually get to see the movie until the next summer when it was on in a bar in Gran Canaria though. On my way back to the hotel I ran up some steps, which made a tassel from my shorts flip up into my face. I thought it was a spider. I freaked.

Many people are afraid of spiders, actually. Including you. There's probably a spider in your bed right now. That tickle on your arm a minute ago - that was probably a spider. You know that packet of grapes you've been munching on? I think maybe an exotic arachnid hitched a ride here from some far off land in it. I'd sleep with your mouth closed tonight if I were you.

A fear of spiders has been in our blood since cave man days. It's a common sense in our DNA that won't go away. They have made easy villains in movies for many years, from the awful Tarantula to the awful Kingdom of the Spiders (which is still a very enjoyable film) and the overlooked Eight Legged Freaks. Frank Marshall tackled the er...eight-legged freaks before the advent of CGI, when creature effects were brought to life with puppetry and animatronics (done here by Chris Walas who seems to have retired now that his craft is obsolete) and it helps the movie feel real and tangible, but it's just not creepy or disgusting enough.

Jeff Daniels plays an affable GP who moves to sleepy rural Canaima, California to escape the city life.
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