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Frank Marshall

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About the Movie

Hollywood Pictures first theatrical release. An unexpected guest lives in the barn of a quiet, picturesque community overlooking the Pacific Ocean and causes a web of chaos.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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, Jun 1, 2011

Fresh: It gives you the willies in a cheery, presentable way. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 1, 2011

Fresh: 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, Jun 1, 2011

Fresh: First-time director Frank Marshall has long been Steven Spielberg's producer, and he's learned the master's lessons well. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Jun 1, 2011

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Customer Reviews


i love this movie! make this for sale and i will buy it!

Best Movie

This movie is awesome, and my personal favorite. Although people who suffer from real-life arachnophobia may classify this as a horror film due to its extensive portrayal of spiders in a threatening way, I prefer to think of this movie as more of an adventure or comedy. I love spiders, so I cannot say I was particularly terrified by the Amazonian killer tarantula-House spider hybrid, but I do appreciate the sense of adventure as a doctor learns of what is killing his patients and sets out to exterminate them. I also got a laugh or two or three out of the movie, particularly from John Goodman, who plays the bold exterminator who takes his job very seriously. All in all, this movie is nearly perfect in every aspect.

What Jaws did for swimming...

What Psycho did for showers, this movie does for spiders. I never was scared of spiders till I saw this movie. The movie shows almost every scenario where one could be bitten by a spider, every little daily activity one partakes of and somewhere just outside of sight there's a spider waiting to creep up and sink it's fangs in. Great movie that scarred me for life.

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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 1990

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