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Arachnophobia

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6.51 h 49 min1990X-RayPG
An unexpected guest causes a web of chaos.
Directors
Frank Marshall
Starring
Jeff DanielsJohn GoodmanBrian McNamara
Genres
SuspenseComedyHorrorAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Harley Jane KozakJulian Sands
Producers
Kathleen KennedyRicahrd Vane
Studio
Hollywood Pictures
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4.5 out of 5 stars

3023 global ratings

  1. 70% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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BobbityBobBobReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Gain a lifelong fear of spiders in 103 mins
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Amazingly this is only a PG, so great for instilling a fear of spiders into any children who have yet to inherit arachnophobia from the adults around them.
I watched this weeks ago and I'm still jumping at even the smallest bit of fluff on the carpet. I really should hover to be honest.
Easy to assemble and great value for money, highly recommend.
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M J.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 September 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Edge of your seat stuff
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Good movie, would not reccomend to those who really dont like bugs ,spiders etc, but if you can get over this its good family movie.
The moral of the story.... mans intellectual vanity gets in the way of common sense. The lesson learnt is things are best left alone where they should be left alone, and there it is...
Spike OwenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 February 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
The itsy-bitsy spider crawled up the water spout; down came the rain and washed the spider out.
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When a photographer is bitten and killed by a spider in the Venezuelan jungle, his body is shipped back to his home town of Canaima in California. Unfortunately something has hitched a ride in his coffin......

Mixing B movie conventions with modern day fun, Arachnophobia sees Frank Marshall direct and Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands, John Goodman and Harley Jane Kozak line up in the cast. Tho horror and comedy on the surface doesn't seem to be a that hard to blend together, it's surprising over the years just how few horror comedy movies can claim to be successful and have been able to to win over a like minded audience. In fact, if we move away from the likes of Sean Of The Dead, the B movie creature feature, especially in modern times, has few offerings of worth. We can certainly mention the awesome (and best of the modern bunch) Tremors, which turned a small Worldwide profit, and then we turn to Lake Placid and Arachnophobia. Both of the latter made considerable amounts of cash (for the genre) and are propelled by a degree of star wattage. What was in Arachnophobia's favour too, was that spiders strike the fear of god into many people, thus, as Marshall said himself on the publicity junket, "People like to be scared but laughing at the same time". Arachnophobia achieves this in spades, mixing real spiders (Avondale breed) with model and magnet work, the effect achieved is nervy giggles coupled with creepy goose flesh putting in an appearance.

The cast work hard to make it work. OK, Sands remains as wooden as he always is, but in this case his pompous bug professor calls for it. Daniels as the modern doctor hoping to start a new life in the country, is an excellent lead, a fine actor who's no show on the A list of Hollywood remains an utter mystery. But it's with the big jolly blunderbuss that is John Goodman that Arachnophobia gets its frothy B movie fun. His inept, half witted but knowing pest controller, Delbert, engages in that small town Americana way. An innocence to the terrors of the world that makes for a nice play off with the Arachnophobic Dr. Ross Jennings (Daniels). Nicely shot around Cambria, California, to fully realise the small town under arachnid siege, Arachnaphobia is the perfect comedy creeper for all the family. Enjoy: even if you have to watch from behind your hands. 7/10
4 people found this helpful
RaccyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 November 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Silly fun film
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Although I was pretty disapointed in the main spiders who looked sweet and harmless, rather than scary.
The queen spider was more the thing, even though it was obviously a model.
Good to see Julian Sands as a louche spider expert...
A. WarrenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good quality.
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I’ve always enjoyed this film, even though I’m very wary of spiders. It was on one of the pay channels earlier in the year and we used to watch it quite often. We (me and my husband) find these ‘blockbusters’ ideal for relaxing at the weekends. We both work full time. So we decided when it disappeared from the pay channels to buy a copy. This arrived promptly, it plays and we can start relaxing again.
One person found this helpful
Sue's musicReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Sound and vision not quite in sync
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Film streamed half way through with a delay between speech and vision just like you see on those Japanese series of monkey. Otherwise a good film to watch on my 8ft projector screen. Not for the faint hearted if you don't like spiders.
K. BartonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
John Goodman's finest hour
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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
3 people found this helpful
PAUL JR.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 March 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
spider
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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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