Arachnophobia

Arachnophobia

One for spider lovers the world over this is an impressive fusion of genres which, unlike many other movies which use the same tactic, pays off. Funny, tense like Gremlins but scarier, especially if you’re afraid of the hairy little dudes, the story of a small town under attack by killer spiders is one which has never been explored better. Naturally the saviour is a man who has been terrified by spiders since childhood, and Daniels is perfect for the role, as both a father and reluctant hero. Goodman’s brief cameo is many people’s highlight, and the others are all good in tiny roles. The doctor who refuses to believe the story, Daniels’ wife etc all help to add to the small town double intrusion theme. Daniels’ family, like the spiders, are outsiders. Perhaps comparable to The Birds, in that the newcomer seems to herald the outbreak, although in this, we know the spider is brought via the corpse of a reporter. The spider effects are impressive, and the scene with the `spider’ on Daniels’ bedroom wall at night is a classic. So, if you haven’t seen it and are looking for a cheap, genuine laugh with a few scares, this is one of the best of the nineties.

For fans of the movie the DVD is poor, with no features whatsoever. Unforgivable in this day and age of added treats.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the movie, or your scary real life spider stories…

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