Arachnophobia movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The huge webs, venomous spiders and deaths are all freaky features in this spectacular horror/comedy. Clearly, this movie is also something that’ll keep you cautious if you’re afraid of spiders.


A doctor and his family move to a small town and experience a series of mysterious deaths of the locals. Upon investigating, he uncovers that a flock of killer spiders from South America are responsible for the deaths.

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Movie details

Director: Frank Marshall
Cast: Jeff Daniels, John Goodman, Harley Jane Kozak, Julian Sands, Stuart Pankin, Mark L. Taylor, Roy Brocksmith
Writer: Don Jakoby, Wesley Strick
Release Date (Australia): 26 December 1990
Runtime: 109 minutes/1h 49m
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English, Spanish

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

Themes in the film include the deaths of several people who are bitten by a venomous spider and disturbing scenes including depictions of corpses.

Violence (PG)

The film includes depictions of small amounts of blood.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains use of the word “s**t”, in addition to use of the words “damn” and “hell”.

Nudity (G)

The edges of a teenage girl’s breasts are briefly viewed as she showers.

Sex (G)

The film includes very mild sexual innuendo.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The spiders are the ones doing most of the work for the film; attracting the viewers, inflicting a spider-slashing mystery and unquestionably… providing you with a higher sense of arachnophobia than what you already retained. It’s an ultimate match for arachnophobes in search for horror movies, especially with its additional humorous tone throughout.

It owns an engaging kickoff, which is what all horror-comedies should require, with our freaky and chilling killer murdering its first victim and cleverly hitching a travel to Arachnophobia’s main location. The excellent mystery will definitely entertain you until the reassuring conclusion. Arachnophobia is also great when it comes to providing laughs and creating senses in our body that cause us to just scan our surroundings, reassuring ourselves that there’s no creepy-crawlies preparing to launch at us.

Although this horror-comedy is set up fairly well, there’s maybe a little too much of an unnecessary focus on the lead character’s doctor life and it takes too long to position into the story. It also could’ve improved if the mystery was darker. It would simply be more appealing and would have you in real hysterics during the moments targeting the comical mood.

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