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Arachnophobia

4.4 out of 5 stars 315 customer reviews

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Hollywood Pictures and Amblin Entertainment deliver the year's most electrifying big-screen roller coaster ride of a movie! Everyone is afraid of something ... for Dr. Ross Jennings (Jeff Daniels), his phobia is downright embarrassing. But when he moves his family to a small town, the one thing that bugs him most is now harming the townspeople at an alarming rate. For this unlikely hero, overcoming a childhood fear of spiders might just save the community, but it may already be too late! Directed by Frank Marshall (Executive Producer, BACK TO THE FUTURE, Producer, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK) and also starring John Goodman, this critically acclaimed breathtaking hit entertains with its terrific mix of thrills, chills, and laughter!

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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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Production Featurette|Theatrical Trailer|Chapter Search

Product Details

  • Actors: Jeff Daniels, John Goodman, Roy Brocksmith, James Handy, Peter Jason
  • Directors: Frank Marshall
  • Writers: Don Jakoby, Al Williams, Wesley Strick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 1999
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IQC4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,809 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Arachnophobia" on IMDb

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By Kona VINE VOICE on January 19, 2005
Format: DVD
"Arachnophobia" is a clever comedy/thriller sure to scare the spider-phobes out there. Jeff Daniels and Harley Jane Kozak star as Dr. Ross and Molly Jennings, a young couple who have moved to the country to start his medical practice. Little do they know that a huge, deadly spider has arrived from South America and is reproducing - a lot! One by one, town residents start dropping like flies, until Ross figures out they were all bitten by spiders. This brings back memories of a childhood trauma that left him with a paralyzing fear of spiders - and the spider's nest is right in Ross' barn.

There are many creepy scenes of menacing spiders that will have you looking around to make sure none are near you. They must have used some robotic spiders, but they all looked very real to me. The idyllic rural setting contrasts nicely with the intensely scary stalking spiders. Daniels is perfect as the dedicated doctor, and John Goodman has a small but funny part as an exterminator. The movie may be too scary for very young children, but others will giggle a little and gasp a lot.

Kona
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Format: Blu-ray
Here we go, yet another "spider" movie unleashed onto the video home market. I remember going to see this when it came out in the theater in 1990. I found it not only entertaining, but quite good and still holds up today. I had this on VHS years ago, now I am quite happy having the Blu-ray version of this. The quality of the picture and sound are both outstanding. The movie is in widescreen. If you like spider movies, this is one you should get for your movie library.

Audio Setup: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired, French, Spanish, Portugese
Sneak Peeks are Disney's "Frankenweenie", The 25th Anniversary Edition of "Roger Rabbit", "The Avengers". "Once Upon a Time", "Missing", "Revenge", "The River", "Castle", "Grey's Anatomy", "Body of Proof", "Scandal", "GCB", "Desperate Housewives" TV series.

Bonus Features ~ Original Promotion Features: Production Featurette, Frank Marshall Featurette, Venezuela Sequence,
Original Theatrical Trailer (Not HD).

Jeff Daniels, the Doctor, and John Goodman, the Pest Control Fanatic, find themselves in the middle of a huge spider problem in Canaima, A small country town in CA. An Expedition to South America, Venezuela, turns to tragedy as a man on the team looking for rare specimens is bitten by a poisonous spider. The spider "hitches" a ride back in the coffin and when they make it back to his hometown, the spider sets out to be free and finds his new home in the new town doctor's country barn. Things get entangled from there as some of the established townsfolk fall victim to the new invader and his many offspring.

This is a fun movie, a "thrillomedy" as Frank Marshall says. I recommend it for everyone, but probably not for real young viewers.
For this entry into the genre, this movie was predated by the 1970s "Kingdom of the Spiders" with William Shatner.
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Format: Blu-ray
Arachnophobia, a very creepy unsettling film for people who are very scared of Spiders in General
incredibly brilliant Directing from Frank marshall who adds lots of suspense & terror
when the spiders are shown on screen along with Trevor Jones music score very creepy & Haunting
i had to fast forward/skip certain scenes actually

this is the 2nd reissue of Arachnophobia which happens to be blu-ray reissue
the film has not been given a proper widescreen ratio since it's very old DVD release which was only a 1:33:1 fullscreen release
plus the picture quality was terrible and the sound was no better either
the films Distributor Buena vista finally release this creepy horror/thriller on blu-ray with an all new remastered HD transfer
and i tell you Buena vista made the effort for the picture quality for sure
the new High definition transfer looks amazingly sharp & clear in 1:85:1 widescreen, not much Dirt & Grain hardly any
the first time this film has been in it's correct screen ratio since it's first DVD release
Massive big improvement over the old dvd version anyday
plus the sound quality has been remixed & boosted aswell to a new 5.1 Master audio mix
an excellent 5.
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I thought that archnophobia was a great movie. It was Thrilling and funny, and I recomend it to anyone who likes a good thriller. I think that the guy who gave it one star needs to get a life and stop taking things to seriously. He's a little too attached to spiders if you know what I mean.
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As far as gross out squirmy type movies...if you hate spiders, this is a good one to get you to squirm. You're not gonna confuse this for the Exorcist or Alien but it's a quick jaunt through a creepy crawling spider movie. I like John Goodman and he's good in this. The rest of the cast is fine even when hitting the predictable scary movie jumps.
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