DVD Arachnophobia [DVD] [1991] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 1367758),
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Arachnophobia [DVD] [1991] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • The real spiders in the film are actually South American tarantulas. The film had a team of five live-spider experts on hand. Steven Kutchner was the supervising entomologist, Jim Kundig was the live spider coordinator, and Chris Walas created the mechanical spiders. The crew also included 29 animatronic engineers who supplied the various creature effects. Film has many references to Hitchcock films, especially "The Birds," for its concentration on obsessed animals, and "Vertigo," with its main character's paralyzing phobia. It also includes a shower scene that makes reference to the shower scene in "Psycho." Shot in DeLuxe Color on location in Cambria, California, which is in Luis Obispo County. The other main location was in Venezuela. Directorial debut for Frank Marshall, who was previously a producer, but has gone on to other feature projects such as the 1992 film "Alive." The film's production company, Amblin Entertainment, is owned and operated by Steven Spielberg. It is also the first release Hollywood Pictures, a subsidiary of Disney. Film was shown at the 1991 Avoriaz Festival of Fantasy Film in France.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1709803

  • Credits
    Jeff Daniels, John Goodman, Julian Sands, Harley Jane Kozak, Harley Kozak, Stuart Pankin, Brian McNamara, Mark L. Taylor, Henry Jones, Peter Jason, James Handy, Roy Brocksmith, Kathy Kinney, Frances Bay
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Marshall shows a deft hand at mixing thrills and laughter....It creeps up on you..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...[A] very funny suspense comedy. It has the grace and airiness of a classic Hitchcock thriller..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...[A] funny-scary primal scream of a comedy....Genuinely frightening..."
    Los Angeles Times

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