Arachnophobia (1990)

Director: Frank Marshall
Actors: Jeff Daniels and John Goodman

Genre: Horror/Comedy


"Everyone is afraid of something…for 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 DVD Pacific

My oppinion:
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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