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Arachnophobia (film)

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Arachnophobia is a 1990 film about a deadly giant spider from Venezuela making its way to a small unsuspecting California town.

10 out of 10 stars.  This is a great creature feature suitable for the entire family.

The film begins in the jungles of Venezuela where a photographer has been paid to come and take photographs of insects by a famous entomologist who is studying new species.  After getting there by boat he is taken by helicopter to the mountain site then has to climb down hundreds of feet to the bottom of the canopy.  Poisonous smokers are released which kill the insects who then drop into the catch basins the entomologist and his crew have left out.  Among the butterflies and other insects is a giant venomous spider previously unknown to man.  And that spiders’ buddies are watching this with vengeance on their minds (okay, maybe not, but it sounds good, right?).  One of these spiders hitchhikes a ride back to camp inside the photographer’s backpack then bites him as he lay sleeping.  He dies and that very same spider hitchhikes a second ride, this time inside the photographer’s coffin.  Mr. Venezuelan Spider ends up in…Kanima, California where the photographer lived with his parents.

Ross Jennings is a San Francisco family physician who gets a great offer to take over the practice of a retiring family doctor in Kanima, California.  He picks up and moves his entire family only to discover when he gets there that Dr. Metcalf has changed his mind and isn’t retiring after all.

Unfortunately for Ross, the locals start dying at the same time he arrives, not realizing there’s a deadly venomous spider about and he’s got hundreds of offspring.  Dr. Metcalf blames all of these mysterious deaths on Ross, as several of them were his few patients.

Ross is the one who discovers spider bites on his dead patients.  And Ross suffers from severe arachnophobia, the fear of spiders.  This makes for a very entertaining two hours of fright.

10 out of 10 stars.  This is the best spider creature feature ever made. 


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