Arachnophobia

Arachnophobia

Frank Marshall (1990)

104min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Steven Spielberg's longtime producer Frank Marshall turned director for this tongue-in-cheek, creepy-crawly tale about deadly tropical spiders invading the small California town where phobic doctor Jeff Daniels has just started up a practice. Marshall shows much of his mentor's touch (Spielberg acted as co-executive producer with Marshall), spinning a tension-laden web full of solid scares and well-timed wit in what is virtually a version of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, only with eight legs. The black humour mixes with the black widows surprisingly well - John Goodman's exterminator provides some lovely moments - but the shudder content may well be too much for those who can't stand spiders.

Summary

A mild-mannered doctor sets up practice in a small town, but a cloud gathers over his career due to a series of unexplained deaths. Before long, he has to convince the locals that a horde of venomous spiders is responsible and confront his intense fear of arachnids into the bargain. Comedy horror, starring Jeff Daniels, John Goodman, Julian Sands and Brian McNamara.

Cast & Crew

Dr Ross Jennings Jeff Daniels
Molly Jennings Harley Jane Kozak
Delbert McClintock John Goodman
Dr James Atherton Julian Sands
Sheriff Parsons Stuart Pankin
Chris Collins Brian McNamara
Jerry Manley Mark L Taylor
Dr Sam Metcalf Henry Jones
Henry Beechwood Peter Jason
Milton Briggs James Handy
Margaret Hollins Mary Carver
Director Frank Marshall
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, edited for language. Available on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama