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Referring to the fear of spiders, Arachnophobia features a particularly deadly species of spider that manages to make its way from the Venezuelan rain forest to a small California town, thanks to the many oversights of entomologist Julian Sands. Yuppie doctor Jeff Daniels, fed up with the dangers inherent in big-city living, has resettled in this town on the assumption that nothing untoward could ever happen here to himself and his family. Before long, however, Daniels is trying to make sense of a series of sudden deaths-and to figure out why each of the corpses has been drained of blood. The… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Frank Marshall's sophisticated feature directing debut never indulges in ultimate gross-out effects and carefully chooses both its victims and its means of depicting their dispatch."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"That sound you hear in the background is the ''ugh!'' heard round the world. Luckily, ''Arachnophobia'' will also be generating its share of boisterous, nervous laughter."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Fairly engaging."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Plenty of laughs, but the action scenes don't really generate much in the way of scares. Good enough for Sunday afternoon, though."
‑ Christopher Null,
"The creepiest, most entertaining insect invasion I've ever seen."
‑ Erik Childress,
"First-time director Frank Marshall has long been Steven Spielberg's producer, and he's learned the master's lessons well."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"It's a one-joke movie, a funhouse ride, the cinematic equivalent of having a rubber spider thrown in your lap. But it doesn't matter if you reject the wispy script or the plot, which has as much substance as a spider's web; you'll jump every time."
‑ Joe Brown, Washington Post
""Arachnophobia" is a notch or two above the typical creature horror movie, with solid special effects and a decent story that isn't just one "Boo!" after the other."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Spider terror -- overproduced and effects-driven, but adequate."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It didn't live up to the hype, but most anyone whose seen it has walked away at least a little more afraid of spiders."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Designed to reduce the audience to a squirming mass, the film yields plenty of grisly pleasures."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Frank Marshall, a constant Spielberg collaborator, makes his directorial debut in this genial horror movie, a sweet infestation that creeps and crawls but wouldn't scare anybody."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Preys upon that dread in a wonderfully cinematic manner, elegantly keeping the antics lighthearted enough to encourage a viewing, but eventually digging into spiderific panic -- pure candy to horror junkies on the prowl for the perfect thrill."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"A scary treat for the whole family!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Family-friendly bug invasion flick that's both spooky and amusing."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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