"Everyone is afraid of something
Dr. Ross Jennings, 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!" - from
I remember seeing this movie as a young
boy. It really freaked me out at the time. Since then I've
never had a very good relationship with spiders, which is
rather illogical, as there's not one spider in my country
that's poisonous or that could even bite. I wouldn't go as
far as to say I've got Arachnophobia, but I certainly don't
like touching them.. The credit for that goes to this movie.
I hadn't seen it in years and I was a bit concerned that I
wouldn't find it to be as good as my memory would indicate.
I was glad to find out I still found it to be kind of disturbing.
It's not like it's "scary", it's more like the hairs on your
neck raising, kind of thing. Jeff
Bridges does a good job, and the
rest of the cast is also decent enough. It has it's humorous
moments and particularly, John
Goodman's character is really fun.
In a cinematic point of view it offers nothing special, but
to be honest, I don't really care, as it works for what it
is. What makes this creepy is that the spiders (and the story
behind them) are "real" (mostly..), and it doesn't
really sound like an impossible scenario. I've seen my fair
share of "Giant-spider" and other giant insect movies, and
they just come off as ridiculous, but this one doesn't. I
can't promise that everyone else would find this movie as
creepy as I do. The impact it had on me as a young boy obviously
stayed with me, and I loved that! So, I give it a top 5 skull
rating, for nostalgia!
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