• Post category:Movies
  • Post last modified:June 13, 2021



arachnophobiaAfter moving to the small town of Canaima, California, hoping to open a practice, doctor Ross Jennings (Jeff Daniels) looks into a series of mysterious deaths that might be caused by spidersā€¦ Frequent Spielberg collaborator Frank Marshall made his directing debut with this loving, humorous homage to old monster B movies, starring a new species of fierce spiders running amok all over a small town. Just like those old films, this one wants to entertain with equal doses of comedy and horror. Full of Spielbergian touches, but also inspired by Hitchcockā€™s The Birds (1963). Easy to sympathize with Danielsā€™s character and his fear of spiders; John Goodman is fun to watch as a colorful exterminator.

1990-U.S. 109 min. Color. Produced byĀ Kathleen Kennedy. Directed byĀ Frank Marshall. Screenplay: Don Jakoby, Wesley Strick. Music: Trevor Jones. Cast: Jeff Daniels (Ross Jennings), Harley Jane Kozak (Molly Jennings), John Goodman (Delbert McClintock), Julian Sands, Stuart Pankin, Brian McNamara.Ā 

Trivia: Co-executive produced by Spielberg. Harmless Australian Avondale spiders are used as the killer arachnids in the film.

Last word:Ā “I had had a lot of experience with this kind of movie, this kind of situation where you’re dealing with sort of uncontrollable elements, like rats and snakes and whatever, from the ‘Indiana Jones’ days.Ā I also felt it was a movie I was capable of doing. It was an ensemble movie, one where the movie itself was the star. I wouldn’t have to deal with a major movie star. And several of the directors I’ve worked with, Peter Bogdanovich and Steven (Spielberg), for example, did a thriller as their first movie. Peter’s was ‘Targets’ and Steven’s was ‘Duel.'” (Marshall, Deseret News)



What do you think?

0 / 5. Vote count: 0

Got something to say?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.