Arachnophobia (1990) -Review, Rating and Synopsis

Arachnophobia (1990)

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  • Release Date:  1990
  • Genre:  Animals & Nature
  • Director:  Frank Marshall
  • Screenwriter:  Al Williams, Don Jakoby, Wesley Strick
  • Cast & Crew: Jeff Daniels, Harley Jane Kozak, John Goodman, Julian Sands, Stuart Pankin, Brian McNamara, Mark L. Taylor, Henry Jones, Peter Jason, James Handy, Roy Brocksmith, Kathy Kinney, Mary Carver, Garette Ratliff Henson, and Marlene Katz.

Arachnophobia (1990)Rating:

  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.4/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 5.4/10.

Arachnophobia (1990) Synopsis:

A rare species of South American spider is accidentally shipped to a small US country village, leading to a deadly spider invasion.

Arachnophobia (1990) Review:

Arachnophobia is your typical animal-horror telefilm. In many cases that would be a bad thing, but here it ends up being something really enjoyable. The movie gained a certain notoriety in horror circle, something understandable since it really stands out of the lot of other animal movies.

First of all, the cast is huge: Jeff Daniels, Harley Jane Kozak, John Goodman… Secondly, the action scenes are noticeably bad, but strangely entertaining, make the overall movie something really fun to watch. Apart from a few clever scenes using real spiders, most of the death scenes are similar: a real spider is shown walking somewhere, hiding in shoes or caps, and people suddenly screaming and dying. This bad repetition is complemented from time to time by the appearance of the ridiculous plastic spider. But strangely, the magic of the movie works out. I am not talking about “so bad that it is good” horror here. Arachnophobia is truly creepy, especially for the one half of the population who, like me, tend to fear those eight-legged monsters. Each scene, whether they look credible or not, will make your hair rises and yourself smile in disgust.

In the end, the movie is everything but a clever one but remains an entertaining experience. Watching these spiders invading and attacking people is so much fun that I can’t do anything but warmly recommended it.

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