Arachnophobia - Blu-ray
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Get caught in a web of laughs, thrills and chills with ARACHNOPHOBIA from legendary Executive Producer Steven Spielberg -- now available for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring an all-new digital restoration with enhanced picture and sound. Jeff Daniels and John Goodman star in this creepy comedy, crawling with the perfect mix of fun and fright. Everyone is afraid of something, but when Dr. Ross Jennings (Daniels) moves his family to a quiet place in the country, the one thing that bugs him most is terrifying everyone in town. For this unlikely hero, overcoming a childhood fear of spiders might just save the day. Enjoy the hair-raising entertainment of ARACHNOPHOBIA like never before on Blu-ray!
Most horror movies depend on giant monsters; Arachnophobia gets just as many thrills out of creatures only a few inches long. A scientist (Julian Sands, Warlock, A Room with a View) who's hunting a vicious new species of spider in Venezuela unknowingly ships one back to the U.S. It ends up in a small town where a new doctor (Jeff Daniels, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Something Wild) is trying to establish a practice. When his patients start suddenly dying, Daniels suspects spiders--but no one takes him seriously because he's had a phobia about spiders since childhood. Arachnophobia builds a slow but relentless sense of menace and creepiness, mixed with a sneaky satire of small town life. If you're squeamish about spiders, this will get under your skin. Also featuring the ever-dependable John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink) as a comically zealous exterminator. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
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This movie's fundamental flaw is its own premise. Spiders pose a negligible threat to humans. The vast majority of alleged "spider bites" are actually misdiagnosed fungal or bacterial infections and only a tiny handful of spider genera have medically significant venom (and even then they don't go out of their way to attack humans and their bites are rarely fatal.) Tarantulas are incredibly fragile and can crack open like a furry egg from a waist-height fall. "Arachnophobia" has to go so far as to invent a species of fictional exotic super-tarantulas with insta-kill venom that can leap through the air, survive in a temperate climate, and somehow crossbreed with a common house spider. (To get an idea of how stupid this is, tarantulas and house spiders aren't even part of the same family; it'd be like an elephant mating with a human and giving birth to hybrid humaphant babies.) But even the biggest, baddest, most venomous spider ever could still be crushed underfoot by a toddler, so on top of all this the spiders are eusocial, like ants or bees. When your monster can only pose a credible threat in huge numbers then you've created a crappy monster!
There's no semblance of suspense or consistent internal logic. It relies entirely on convenient acts-of-plot to advance its narrative and the horror counts on predictable jump-scares and the audience's own presumed arachnophobia.Read more ›
Cast: Jeff Daniels, John Goodman, Harley Jane Kozak.
Running Time: 110 minutes.
Rated PG-13 for arachnid violence and language.
In true Spielberg-formula fashion, director Frank Marshall (who produced many of Spielberg's works during the 1980's) creates a tense, atmospheric thriller that has enough scares and laughs for two movies. A deadly South American spider is accidentally braught to a small, country town--the spider proceeds to kill of many of the inhabitants and gives birth to hundreds of venomous spawn. Small-town doctor Jeff Daniels, who happens to be horrified of the eight-legged beasts, must conjure up enough strength to save his community, and more importantly his family from the threatening bugs.
John Goodman is down-right hilarious as the Rambo-esque terminator, using a splendid script to invoke many laughs throughout the picture. Daniels is equally good as the tormented M.D., running around like a petrified girl scout at the beginning of the film, but ultimately encounters the mother-spider for the showdown of all man vs. spider showdowns. A fun, exciting scare fare that is actually viewable for most of the family due to its fairly low amounts of violence and profanity.
In this case, a species of spider from South America hitches a ride aboard a ship and ends up breeding with the domestic house spiders in the United States and the hatchling spiders start killing residents of a small California town and time is running out to stop the spiders from spreading and breeding with more domestic house spiders and enabling this dangerous species to spread all over the United States.
This is a really terrifying and very well thought-out movie of immense proportions. It truly demonstrates why it's a very bad idea to bring 'alien' species to other lands other than their own native habitats.
Go and get this movie if you want a scary but fun ride. Arachnophobes though should steer clear. For everyone else, welcome aboard!
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Funny and creepy! I love this movie, I watched it as a kid and loved it and love it as an adult too!Published on Nov. 23 2013 by Kate
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this got a 4 outta 5 stars ONLY because the dvd was an original recording and it almost comes out sort of 'pixelated' on my flatscreen, but as far as the seller goes? Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2013 by S. J. B.