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Arachnaphobia


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  Arachnaphobia Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
 
Average Rating
5.77 /10
 
Starring
Jeff Daniels , Harley Jane Kozak, John Goodman
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Directed by: Frank Marshall
Written by: Don Jakoby & Wesley Strick , from story by Don Jakoby, Al Williams

 
 
 
Released: 1990
   
Genre: COMIC STRIP
UNDERRATED
BLACK COMEDY
MONSTER
HORROR
THRILLER
FAMILY
COMEDY
   
Origin: US
   
Length: 109
 
 


 
Spiders threaten a small American town.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Jeff Daniels plays a young doctor, scared of creepy-crawlies, who ends up having to protect his all-American family and town from- what else? - a plague of Venezuelan killer spiders. Like Roy Scheider in Jaws, he has to contend with local scepticism and complacency. Like Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark, he is allowed to triumph only when he has come face to face with his phobia.

Formula stuff, perhaps, but both the two-legged and eight-legged supporting casts were terrific, especially John Goodman as a pest exterminator with a lower IQ than his adversaries. The screenplay, by Don Jakoby (who co-wrote Alien) and Wesley Strick (who went on to write Scorseseís Cape Fear), weaves a web of sophisticated variations around a pretty preposterous premise.

Director Frank Marshall was the second-unit director on Raiders, Back To The Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? His first solo effort is a top-class comic thriller, surprisingly unsuccessful at the box office (maybe people didnít understand the title) and underappreciated by critics who were too quick to dismiss it as a derivative, over-inflated B-movie.


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