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Arachnophobia [1990] (1 disc)
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Director:Frank Marshall
Writer:Don Jakoby
Wesley Strick
Composer:Trevor Jones
Length:103 minutes
(1 hour 43 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
Sorting Category:Dark Comedy
IMDB Rating:6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:88%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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  • Dark Comedy
  • Drama
  • Suspense / Horror
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Synopsis: South American killer spider hitches a lift to the US in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.


Reaction: This dark comedy can be a bit hard for some, but if you can sit through it, it's not bad.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Frank Marshall => Director
Don Jakoby => Writer
Wesley Strick => Writer
Trevor Jones => Composer
Brandy Norwood => Brandy Beechwood (uncredited)
Brian McNamara => Chris Collins
Garette Ratliff Henson => Tommy Jennings (as Garette Patrick Ratliff)
Harley Jane Kozak => Molly Jennings
Henry Jones => Doctor Sam Metcalf
James Handy => Milton Briggs
Jeff Daniels => Dr. Ross Jennings
John Goodman => Delbert McClintock
Juan Fernández => Miguel Higueras (uncredited)
Julian Sands => Doctor James Atherton
Kathy Kinney => Blaire Kendall
Mark L. Taylor => Jerry Manley - a photographer
Marlene Katz => Shelley Jennings
Mary Carver => Margaret Hollins
Peter Jason => Henry Beechwood
Robert Frank Telfer => Mayor Bob
Roy Brocksmith => Irv Kendall
Stuart Pankin => Sheriff Lloyd Parsons

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The first film released under Disney's Hollywood Pictures label, which was also created so the studio could release more adult-oriented fare.
  • [Family Ties] is playing on the TV when spiders start crawling over the screen.
  • The small spiders used in the film were Avondale spiders (Delena Cancerides), a harmless species from New Zealand that were provided by Landcare Research in Auckland. Despite their fierce appearance, this spider is docile member of the crab-spider family and are, in fact, harmless to humans. They were not allowed back in New Zealand for quarantine reasons. The giant "spider" used in the film was a species of a bird-eating tarantula, which attains an 8" legspan or more. Those types of tarantula are not easy to handle and can give a nasty bite. The spiders in the film were managed and handled by famed entomologist [?] Steven R. Kutcher.
  • The sound of a spider being crushed by John Goodman was made by the foley artists crushing a couple of potato chips.