Written by: BlackTequilaKiss
This movie scares me big time! There is a universal theme of fear among people and yes you have stumbled upon mine. I have a crippling TERROR of spiders. Their creepy crawly legs crawling, the eyes staring at you I have had this fear since I was young and this is the film that started it all. That being said this is effective in that it corners in on this fear of mine. The one of few horror movies that actually make me turn away at certain scenes.
This is creepy crawling at its best.
Plot: A large spider amid South America's jungles is accidentally transported in a crate containing a dead body which is on its way to America. On its travels the spider mates with a local spider. It comes to rest in a small California town where a new young doctor has moved to with many ambitions. It is up to him, an exterminator and some other doctors to annihilate the hairy critters before they take over the entire town.
I don't watch a lot of horror/ thrillers regarding spiders as you can understand.
Arachnophobia was the first creepy crawly movie I saw at a tender age and it had such an effect that I will not forget for the live-long years. The sight of the eight legged creatures, the stark colouring of the movie set it all and set my heart fluttering, hairs standing on end. This is creepiness at a level I shall never see in a long while to come.
The CGI effects are nothing to write home about and the last part of the film, the finale, did in my opinion seem slightly over the top and was actually the point my fear of spiders dissipated into laughter at how OTT it became. For the most part however there were many and various scenes that gripped my attention. Anything associated with the namesake of the movie and in particular the barn scene covered in spider webs was one of the moments that sent a shiver up my back, it was beautiful the way they convened the soft of the sun against the dark gloom of the barn. Now that was just stunning.
Mirror between the day and night is done in a subtle but beautiful way and was a grace in the movie.
Frankly I could spend the next hour doing an essay on Arachnophobia and finding every quibble the movie incorporates but it would be in bad taste and truthfully if you do not fear spiders you cannot begin to understand the extent to which it terrifies people like me. To some it might seem hokey-pokey, to others an unintentionally good laugh but to me this is the stuff of nightmares and the one arena in movies I dare to tread,
Can I deal with Slashers? Yes. Blood and Guts? Yes. Monsters? Yes. The Dark? Yes. Spiders? No and I never shall that is why despite this movie honing in on a vulnerability of mine it remains a favourite and reminds me that the world is not all that dark.
A great movie with a beautiful cast this is a movie worth checking out, just be prepared if you hate spiders. Definitely worth a gander. Oh and one last thing if spiders EVER do take over the world, I'm gonna trip ya all and keep running, I'll have no mercy! Hehe, peace everyone as my wonderful friend would say ;) 8/10