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Arachnophobia [Blu-ray]

Jeff Daniels , John Goodman , Frank Marshall    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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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

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4.0 out of 5 stars Arachnophobia (1990) May 25 2004
Format:DVD
Director: Frank Marshall
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying movie! March 31 2004
Format:DVD
I still get the heeby jeebies when watching this movie even after so many years after first seeing it and having horrific nightmares for days afterwards even though I've grown to appreciate spiders more nowadays. The reason this movie is so able to scare is because of it's suprisingly realistic nature of dangerous spiders with extremely toxic venom being able to be transported to different countries.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The best horror comedy movie in years June 13 2003
Format:DVD
Out of all the movies that have been re-released out on DVD, this has to be one of the ones I'm most grateful for. It's been years since I saw this movie last, but when I saw it for sale, I could not resisit the urge to buy it. This film is fantastic. Jeff Daniels is surprisingly good, and helps to carry the movie along well. The entire cast is rather zany, and that really makes it a great movie to watch. The plot revolves around incredibly venomous spiders from Argentina who have cross-breeded with a common house spider here in America. Jeff Daniels plays a doctor who suffers from arachnophobia. Hence you can see where this is going. Daniels ineviatbly has to face his fear and the results are funny, tense, and frightening. If you are afraid of spiders, I wouldn't watch this movie, it seriously can frighten you. But, John Goodman appears as Delbert to liven things up and make the atmosphere more humerous. Topped off with a very good soundtrack, this movie is far beyond your average horror flick. Sit back and enjoy this one, it's excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best horror comedy movie in years June 13 2003
Format:DVD
Out of all the movies that have been re-released out on DVD, this has to be one of the ones I'm most grateful for. It's been years since I saw this movie last, but when I saw it for sale, I could not resisit the urge to buy it. This film is fantastic. Jeff Daniels is surprisingly good, and helps to carry the movie along well. The entire cast is rather zany, and that really makes it a great movie to watch. The plot revolves around incredibly venomous spiders from Argentina who have cross-breeded with a common house spider here in America. Jeff Daniels plays a doctor who suffers from arachnophobia. Hence you can see where this is going. Daniels ineviatbly has to face his fear and the results are funny, tense, and frightening. If you are afraid of spiders, I wouldn't watch this movie, it seriously can frighten you. But, John Goodman appears as Delbert to liven things up and make the atmosphere more humerous. Topped off with a very good soundtrack, this movie is far beyond your average horror flick. Sit back and enjoy this one, it's excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good News: This Movie is the Best of its Kind! May 28 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Bad News: this kind of movie isn't typically very good. If you like semi horror/suspense movies, it's great. Just be aware that it's that kind of movie.
"Arachnophobia" is a suspense movie with all the elements of a classic horror movie: a small town, a Bad Thing happening, a local hero (Jeff Daniels) that nobody wants to believe, a wise professor to help him out, a jolly fellow for plucky comic relief, and a man vs. beast showdown at the end. But instead of trying to scare you with an extremely scary monster or super-human psychopath, this movie uses more tactfull suspense (and a more realistic enemy--there are some pretty nasty real spiders out there). Everyone shakes in their boots waiting for the venomous spider to bite the old guy's toe, because they just KNOW it's going to happen.
If you only buy movies that are really good and plan to watch 100 times, just rent this one. If you are even the slightest sort of movie buff and have ever bought a movie to fill a "gap" in the collection, Arachnaphobia is a fun, ocasionally funny, and creepy movie that uses classic elements with style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
Funny and creepy! I love this movie, I watched it as a kid and loved it and love it as an adult too!
Published 10 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiders
Have seen this movie many times, even when it first came out on tape. It is one of those hidden dark-comedy gems and Jeff Daniels is brilliant. Read more
Published 19 months ago by GinBooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased...
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 more
Published 20 months ago by S. J. B.
3.0 out of 5 stars black comedy=love it
THIS MOVIE IS MORE OF A COMEDY THAN A HORROR. JOHN GOOODMAN IS SO FUNNY. THERE ARE SOME JUMPY MOMENTS WITH THE LITTLE KILLER SPIDERS, BUT FOR THE MOST PART, IT IS JUST A GOOD OLD... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars lives up to its name
If ever a movie deserved the title arachnophobia, it is definitly this one. I saw this when I kid, and still have a huge fear of spiders, thanks to this movie. Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by patrick trudel
4.0 out of 5 stars Seriously creepy if you are an arachnophobe
This is a solid piece of quality filmaking and i believe it presses all the right buttons, if not being exactly spectacular. Read more
Published on April 17 2003 by G Gilbert
4.0 out of 5 stars My Spider Sense is Tingling...
Although I am, for the most part, not fond of Tarantulas or any spiders, I do find them "cool". This movie was cool, and scary for a spider movie. Read more
Published on March 15 2003 by C. Conard
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Eight-Legged Freaks
Forget that David Arquette movie, "Arachnophobia" will make you laugh and get an upset stomach. A mysterious species of spiders have made their way from Venezuela to a Northern... Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2002 by Timotee
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