‘Arachnophobia’ still has lots of eek appeal

November 20, 2014 Review Print Print

It’s difficult for a horror movie to actually frighten me.

Creatures like ghosts, zombies and Freddy Kruger aren’t scary because they don’t exist.

But spiders, or as I like to call them, “Satan’s Eight-Legged Parasites,” do exist.

And I’m the type of person who can’t sleep at night knowing there’s one silently living underneath my bed.

If I see a spider, I have to kill it. There are no negotiations — it has to be destroyed.

And the only film to intensify my fear of spiders is the 1990 horror comedy classic “Arachnophobia.”

This movie is basically Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” but with spiders.

The story centers around a newly discovered spider being transported from Venezuela to a small American town.

The arachnid then produces a new race of deadly vermin which begin killing the town’s residents one by one.

The film stars Jeff Daniels, Harley Jane Kozak, Julian Sands and John Goodman.

It also was the directing debut for Frank Marshall, the producer of “Back to the Future,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Poltergeist.”

If you are remotely afraid of spiders, “Arachnophobia”  will make you panic and squirm.

From spiders falling into food, hiding in shoes and crawling out of dead people’s mouths, the ridiculous magnitude of shenanigans in “Arachnophobia” will amplify anyone’s fear of arachnids to extreme lengths.

The only downside to this movie is its weak first half.

By today’s standards, the beginning of this movie is kind of slow and boring.

Other than its slow escalation, “Arachnophobia” is a great family thriller/comedy kids can enjoy.

If you have spider-phobia and want to safely experience the terrifying sensation of looking at spiders, then you will enjoy this movie.

“Arachnophobia” is currently available on Netflix Instant.

Rating: B

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