|Directed by:||Frank Marshall|
|Written by:||Don Jakoby, Wesley Strick|
|Cast:||Jeff Daniels, Harley Jane Kozak, Harley Jane Kozak, Julian Sands|
One of the biggest phobias ever is spiders. I always find it pretty funny that so many people are so afraid of these teeny tiny little creatures that for the most part could never cause any harm to people. So why it took so long for Hollywood to make a killer spider movie, by which I mean a killer spider movie in which the spiders are not gigantic creatures that are far bigger then us. So in 1990 director Frank Marshall brought us with Arachnophobia which seems like a true no brainier.
After an extra deadly, seemingly extra evil Venezuelan spider catches a ride on a plane to North America, specifically a small Californian town, once there it naturally breeds with a local spider to create a new type of deadly poisonous spider that then goes on to terrorize a the town killing person after person.
Jeff Daniels is great as Dr. Ross Jennings who of course suffers from Arachnophobia and discovers the reason people are dropping like flies is because of spider bites. After that he must conquer his fear of the minuscule creatures and eventually come face to face with the Venezuelan spider that started it all in a fight to the death to not only save his family but indeed the entire town. John Goodman is also particularly good and even threatens to be the show stealer as Delbert McClintock a exterminator sent in to take care of the spiders. McClintoick is an epically fun character to be sure as he has a damn fun time at his job killing the spiders with absolute glee.
All and all Arachnophobia is a very fun movie for whats its worth and is a nice little gem that has seemingly been lost in the shuffle and forgotten these days but I suppose the movie is twenty years old and without a sequel is probably easily forgotten which is a real shame. I recommend it to anyone who likes a lighter take with there horror or is maybe just now dipping their toes in the horror water because as far as horror movies go this is a pretty good one to help you get started in the genre. I give it a 7 out of 10.