Ross Jennings (Jeff Daniels) and his family are completing their
move from San Francisco to Canaima, California to escape hectic
city life. Unfortunately, a deadly Venezuelan spider has also
made a move from South America to the Jennings' farmhouse. It
soon mates with a common house spider and the offspring are very
lethal and aggressive. I almost forgot...Dr. Jennings has a terrible
fear of spiders. The events that follow make up the movie Arachnophobia.
those of you who are looking for a serious animal-themed horror
movie such as Alligator or
Piranha, this is not the movie
for you. Director Frank Marshall intended to make this movie with
a lighter side.
is a lot of comedy throughout the film some of which can be seen
in the character Delbert McClintoch, the town's exterminator.
This character, played by John Goodman, is a blatant rip-off of
Bill Murray's groundskeeper from Caddyshack. The only difference
is that Goodman is far from the comedic genius that is Bill Murray.
entire film is the oldest of horror cliches. 1. Something is killing
people. 2. Nobody knows what/who is killing people. 3. One person
has an idea but no one listens because he is an outsider. 4. It
turns out he was right and is the hero. I've seen it a million
times and one million and one was miserable.
was ready to slam this film in my review until I realized that
this film can be used for good. For example, if you have a young
child that you would like to introduce to some elements of horror,
this would be a good film to use. It will put a little bit of
a fright into him/her but not enough to have them waking you in
the middle of the night with "scary dreams". However,
the seasoned adult horror watcher might want to skip this one.
*The largest spider in the world is the Goliath Birdeater. Native
to South America, these spiders can be as large as 12 inches in
*During an average life span, one person will swallow several
insects while in their sleep.
out of 10 pulsating spider nests