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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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!
"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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"Arachnophobia" is a supposed "horror-comedy" but it falls flat compared to cult classics such as "Tremors", "Beetlejuice" and "Evil Dead II". Read morePublished 14 months ago by S
A good addition to those collectors who prefer not-so-scary scary movies.Published 20 months ago by kris
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
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 morePublished on Feb. 12 2013 by GinBooks
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 morePublished on Dec 30 2005