Arachnophobia PG-13

Eight legs, two fangs, and an attitude.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 15, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1990
  • Label: Walt Disney Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada) Encoding
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Production Featurette
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User Ratings: 225,683
Rating: 7/10 -- "Arachnophobia" is a notch or two above the typical creature horror movie, with solid special effects and a decent story that isn't just one "Boo!" after the other. Full Review
Movie Metropolis
Sep 27, 2012
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Fairly engaging. Full Review
Creative Loafing
Oct 13, 2012
Rating: 3.5/5 -- That sound you hear in the background is the ''ugh!'' heard round the world. Luckily, ''Arachnophobia'' will also be generating its share of boisterous, nervous laughter.
New York Times
May 20, 2003
First-time director Frank Marshall has long been Steven Spielberg's producer, and he's learned the master's lessons well. Full Review
Apr 7, 2008
Designed to reduce the audience to a squirming mass, the film yields plenty of grisly pleasures. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
...[A] funny-scary primal scream of a comedy....Genuinely frightening...
Los Angeles Times
Jul 18, 1990
It's every bit as jolly and junky and scary as it wants to be. Full Review
Buffalo News
Apr 9, 2018

Product Description:

A deadly South American spider is inadvertently brought to the U.S. where it mates with one of the locals and spreads panic in a small California town. A big budget horror movie with a sense of humor.

Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:

Hollywood Pictures and Amblin Entertainment deliver the year's most electrifying big-screen roller coaster ride of a movie! Everyone is afraid of something ... for Dr. Ross Jennings (Jeff Daniels), his phobia is downright embarrassing. But when he moves his family to a small town, the one thing that bugs him most is now harming the townspeople at an alarming rate. For this unlikely hero, overcoming a childhood fear of spiders might just save the community, but it may already be too late! Directed by Frank Marshall (Executive Producer, BACK TO THE FUTURE, Producer, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK) and also starring John Goodman, this critically acclaimed breathtaking hit entertains with its terrific mix of thrills, chills, and laughter!

Plot Synopsis:

The film's opening moments picture an insect expert digging up and then tracking the travels of a poisonous male spider who has burrowed in the coffin of one of its victims from the Venezuelan jungle to California. Although the scientist knows they are deadly, he wants to pursue his research regardless of the danger.
Then the film cuts to a doctor and his wife leaving the hustle and bustle of San Fransisco and moving out to the country. When they arrive, he becomes the town doctor, but he soon earns the nickname "Dr. Death" because none of his patients survive. At first, he can't understand what's killing so many people; then he realizes the disease might be caused by a rare breed of spider. Not even the exterminator believes him -- until it is almost too late.


Production Notes:

  • The real spiders in the film are actually South American tarantulas. The film had a team of five live-spider experts on hand. Steven Kutchner was the supervising entomologist, Jim Kundig was the live spider coordinator, and Chris Walas created the mechanical spiders. The crew also included 29 animatronic engineers who supplied the various creature effects.
  • Film has many references to Hitchcock films, especially "The Birds," for its concentration on obsessed animals, and "Vertigo," with its main character's paralyzing phobia. It also includes a shower scene that makes reference to the shower scene in "Psycho."
  • Shot in DeLuxe Color on location in Cambria, California, which is in Luis Obispo County. The other main location was in Venezuela.
  • Directorial debut for Frank Marshall, who was previously a producer, but has gone on to other feature projects such as the 1992 film "Alive." The film's production company, Amblin Entertainment, is owned and operated by Steven Spielberg. It is also the first release Hollywood Pictures, a subsidiary of Disney.
  • Film was shown at the 1991 Avoriaz Festival of Fantasy Film in France.
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