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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 audience, of course, knows that the culprits are those pesky South American spiders, which grow larger with each kill. To make matters worse, Jeff Daniels suffers from a profound case of arachnophobia. John Goodman supports the cast as a slovenly exterminator, and Frank Marshall, longtime producer of Steven Spielberg's films, makes his directorial debut in Arachnophobia. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 10, 1990


Jeff Daniels
as Dr. Ross Jennings
Harley Jane Kozak
as Molly Jennings
John Goodman
as Delbert McClintock
Julian Sands
as Dr. James Atherton
Stuart Pankin
as Sheriff Parsons
Brian McNamara
as Chris Collins
Mark L. Taylor
as Jerry Manley
Henry Jones
as Dr. Sam Metcalf
Peter Jason
as Henry Beechwood
James Handy
as Milton Briggs
Roy Brocksmith
as Irv Kendall
Kathy Kinney
as Blaire Kendall
Mary Carver
as Margaret Hollins
Lois de Banzie
as Henrietta Manley
Michael Steve Jones
as Irv's Assistant
Theo Schwartz
as Bunny Beechwood
Marlene Katz
as Shelley Jennings
Warren Rice
as Dick Manley
Valorie Massalas
Chance Boyer
as Bobby Beechwood
Robert Frank Telfer
as Mayor Bob
Cori Wellins
as Becky Beechwood
as Brandy Beechwood
Frances Bay
as Evelyn Metcalf
Nathaniel Spitzley
as Todd Miller
Mai-Lis Kuniholm
as Girl Friend
Jane Marla Robbins
as Edna Beechwood
Terese del Piero
as Mom
Mike Fenton
Garette Ratliff Henson
as Tommy Jennings
Judy Taylor
Jay Scorpio
as Mover
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc
as Reserve pilot


Frank Marshall
Robert W. Cort
Ted Field
Wesley Strick
Don Jakoby
Mikael Salomon
Jimmy Buffett
Pat Metheny
Trevor Jones
Composer (Music Score)
Johnny Mercer
Featured Music
Michael Kahn
James D. Bissell
Production Designer
Christopher Burian-Mohr
Art Director
Kathleen Kennedy
Don Jakoby
Richard Vane
William S. Beasley
Associate Producer
Frank Marshall
Executive Producer
Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer
Jackie Carr
Set Designer
Carl Stensel
Set Designer
Jennifer Parsons
Costume Designer
Ronald Judkins
Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Walas
Special Effects
Chuck Kristensen
Arnold Peterson
Al Williams
Short Story Author
David Quaschnick