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Arachnophobia

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Production featurette; Frank Marshall featurette; Venezuela Sequence
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
This giggly big-budget horror film manages to mix thrills and laughs better than most and features nifty special effects from Chris Walas and Matt Sweeney. Arachnophobia is a fun throwback to the bug films of the 1950s and 1970s, but lacks either the Cold War paranoia of the former or the ecological awareness of the latter. Thus, the film blissfully stays at the creepy-crawly level without even the rudimentary depth of the classic ecokill movies. It may not be as campily enjoyable as Kingdom of the Spiders, but it has its moments. Director Frank Marshall and the cast (especially John Goodman as a gung-ho exterminator) are obviously having fun with the material, and the photography is marvelous. This is a great movie for Halloween, and, despite some mild gore, it is fun for children as well. This is the scariest spider movie ever made, however, so if you have a weakness for furry eight-legged horrors with sharp venomous fangs, be forewarned.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2012
  • UPC: 786936826623
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Restored / Enhanced / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 30,964

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Daniels Dr. 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
Brandy Brandy Beechwood
Mike Fenton
Valorie Massalas
Judy Taylor
Terese del Piero Mom
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc Reserve pilot
Marlene Katz Shelley Jennings
Jane Marla Robbins Edna Beechwood
Theo Schwartz Bunny Beechwood
Cori Wellins Becky Beechwood
Chance Boyer Bobby Beechwood
Frances Bay Evelyn Metcalf
Lois de Banzie Henrietta Manley
Warren Rice Dick Manley
Robert Frank Telfer Mayor Bob
Michael Steve Jones Irv's Assistant
Fiona Walsh Little Girl
Nathaniel Spitzley Todd Miller
Jay Scorpio Mover
Mai-Lis Kuniholm Girl Friend
Garette Ratliff Henson Tommy Jennings
Technical Credits
Frank Marshall Director, Executive Producer
William S. Beasley Associate Producer
James D. Bissell Production Designer
Jimmy Buffett Songwriter
Christopher Burian-Mohr Art Director
Dee Campbell Costumes/Costume Designer
Jackie Carr Set Decoration/Design
Robert W. Cort Producer
Ted Field Producer
Eric Goldstein Camera Operator
Don Jakoby Co-producer, Screenwriter
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Kahn Editor
Tom Kelly Songwriter
Kathleen Kennedy Co-producer
Chuck Kristensen Consultant/advisor
Steven Kutcher Consultant/advisor
Matt Sweeney Special Effects
James McCoy Makeup
Pat Metheny Songwriter
Jennifer Parsons Costumes/Costume Designer
Arnold Peterson Consultant/advisor
David Quaschnick Makeup
Mikael Salomon Cinematographer
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Billy Steinberg Songwriter
Carl Stensel Set Decoration/Design
Wesley Strick Screenwriter
Richard Vane Co-producer
Chris Walas Special Effects
Chuck Waters Stunts
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 4, 2013

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    pretty good movie if you can't stand spiders!

    pretty good movie if you can't stand spiders!

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

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    Maybe just a One-Timer, but when my wife and I saw this movie, w

    Maybe just a One-Timer, but when my wife and I saw this movie, we were living in a small hick town and could identify every person and thing in it, even the frightening spiders. Take my word for it, watch carefully, then never move to a small back-country town!

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