July 18th, 1990



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South American killer spider hitches a lift to the US in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 6.2/10 (26,430 voted)

Director: Frank Marshall

Stars: Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands, John Goodman

A large spider from the jungles of South America is accidently transported in a crate with a dead body to America where it mates with a local spider. Soon after, the residents of a small California town disappear as the result of spider bites from the deadly spider offspring. It's up to a couple of doctors with the help of an insect exterminator to annihilate these eight legged freaks before they take over the entire town.

Writers: Don Jakoby, Al Williams

Jeff Daniels - Dr. Ross Jennings
Harley Jane Kozak - Molly Jennings
John Goodman - Delbert McClintock
Julian Sands - Doctor James Atherton
Stuart Pankin - Sheriff Lloyd Parsons
Brian McNamara - Chris Collins
Mark L. Taylor - Jerry Manley - a photographer
Henry Jones - Doctor Sam Metcalf
Peter Jason - Henry Beechwood
James Handy - Milton Briggs
Roy Brocksmith - Irv Kendall
Kathy Kinney - Blaire Kendall
Mary Carver - Margaret Hollins
Garette Ratliff Henson - Tommy Jennings (as Garette Patrick Ratliff)
Marlene Katz - Shelley Jennings

Taglines: Eight legs, two fangs and an attitude.

Release Date: 18 July 1990

Filming Locations: Angel Falls, Canaima National Park, Estado Bolívar, Venezuela

Box Office Details

Budget: $31,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $53,133,888 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

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.

Revealing mistakes: In the shot were the flaming General is hit with the nail from the nail gun, you can see the wire that's attached through the spider and to the nail. Also, in the following scene, the general goes in a straight line to the nest, diagonally from about floor level, across the room to the ceiling, defying the laws of physics.

Molly Jennings: What's wrong?
Dr. Ross Jennings: Metcalf - he's having a seizure.
Molly Jennings: Thank God you didn't examine him this morning.

User Review

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Rating: 7/10

I have seen this movie a lot since it came out and everytime I still don't get bored with it, Jeff Daniels as Dr. Ross Jennings is great, lots of cool stuff in this movie and especially if you like those spiders. John Goodman was awesome as Delbert McClintock the local exterminator, this movie will keep you at the edge of your seat. Arachnophobia is a must see for horror and spider fans, its a nice piece of movie making.


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