History Film / Arachnophobia

25th Sep '17 9:59:55 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: As Scott "El Santo" Ashlin eloquently points out in his review of the film on ''[[http://www.1000misspenthours.com/reviews/reviewsa-d/arachnophobia.htm 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting]]'':
-->Leaving aside its patently impossible ability to breed with spiders of other species and assimilate them to its own characteristics, [the film's Venezuelan species] exhibits a range of qualities which are not just odd, but completely unheard of. So far as is known, there is not nor has there ever been a fully eusocial arachnid on Earth; a spider that formed colonies of congenitally asexual workers devoted to the service of a single breeding pair would be as shocking a discovery as a ''bird with gills'' or a ''fish with mammary glands''. Male-dominated eusociality, meanwhile, is unknown even among insects termite colonies do have kings, but the queen is still the paramount concern of the hive.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: As Scott "El Santo" Ashlin eloquently points out in his review of the film on ''[[http://www.1000misspenthours.com/reviews/reviewsa-d/arachnophobia.htm 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting]]'':
-->Leaving aside its patently impossible ability to
The breed with of giant super-spiders is pure Hollywood fantasy.
** There are no known
spiders of other species and assimilate them to its own characteristics, [the film's Venezuelan species] exhibits a range of qualities which are not just odd, but completely unheard of. So far as is known, there is not nor has there ever been a fully eusocial arachnid on Earth; a spider that formed colonies of congenitally asexual workers devoted to the service of a single breeding pair would be as shocking a discovery live as a ''bird with gills'' or colony, much less a ''fish with mammary glands''. Male-dominated eusociality, meanwhile, is unknown even among insects termite colonies do have kings, but the queen is still the paramount concern of the hive. male-dominated colony.
19th Sep '17 3:33:09 PM randomguy399
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Chris disappears after trying to pull Ross out of the house near the end.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Ross' friend Chris survives the spider infestation and manages to escape from the house with the family; he is last seen trying to pull Ross out of the house on a ladder but is knocked over. He is never seen again after that.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Ross' friend Chris survives the spider infestation and manages to escape from the house with the family; he is last seen trying to pull Ross out of the house on a ladder but is knocked over. He is never seen again after that.
3rd May '17 1:52:50 PM gjjones
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-->'''[[BadassUnintentional Ross]]:''' (After destroying the nest with his ImprobableAimingSkills) Thank God.

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-->'''[[BadassUnintentional Ross]]:''' (After ''[after destroying the nest with his ImprobableAimingSkills) ImprobableAimingSkills]'' Thank God.



* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:Ross destroys the second spider nest by using a nail gun on The General, who is literally on fire]].

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* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:Ross destroys the second spider nest by using a nail gun on The General, who is literally General after setting the latter on fire]].



** Ross again when he encounters the General in the wine cellar.

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** Ross again when he encounters the General in the wine cellar.
3rd May '17 11:03:32 AM CosmicFerret
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A [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror thriller/comedy]] (or "thrillomedy") film released in 1990, ''Arachnophobia'' starred Jeff Daniels, Creator/JohnGoodman, and Creator/JulianSands, written by Don Jakoby and Wesley Strick, and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Richard Vane, with Creator/StevenSpielberg as executive producer. This was the first film directed by Frank Marshall. It was also the first film released under {{Creator/Disney}}'s [[Creator/HollywoodPictures Hollywood Pictures label]].

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A [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror thriller/comedy]] (or "thrillomedy") film released in 1990, ''Arachnophobia'' starred Jeff Daniels, Creator/JeffDaniels, Creator/JohnGoodman, and Creator/JulianSands, written by Don Jakoby and Wesley Strick, and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Richard Vane, with Creator/StevenSpielberg as executive producer. This was the first film directed by Frank Marshall. It was also the first film released under {{Creator/Disney}}'s [[Creator/HollywoodPictures Hollywood Pictures label]].
24th Jan '17 5:19:58 AM gjjones
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: James Atherton's discovery of the Venezuelan spiders leads to Jerry's PlotTriggeringDeath and one of the spiders gets inadvertently transported to California, setting the whole plot in motion.



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: James Atherton's discovery of the Venezuelan spiders leads to Jerry's PlotTriggeringDeath and one of the spider gets inadvertently transported to California, setting the whole plot in motion.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: James Atherton's discovery of the Venezuelan spiders leads to Jerry's PlotTriggeringDeath and one of the spider gets inadvertently transported to California, setting the whole plot in motion.
15th Nov '16 9:07:43 PM gjjones
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* BigBad: The General, a Venezuelan GiantSpider who serves as the film's main antagonist.

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* BigBad: The General, a Venezuelan GiantSpider who serves as from Venezuela and the film's main antagonist.


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* {{Leitmotif}}:
** Trevor Jones's main theme is featured in the opening and ending credits, and make prominent appearances during the film.
** Delbert's theme features a saxophone, harmonica and piano.


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** Ross again when he encounters the General in the wine cellar.
15th Nov '16 9:06:06 PM gjjones
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A [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror thriller/comedy]] (or "thrillomedy") film released in 1990, ''Arachnophobia'' stars Jeff Daniels, Creator/JohnGoodman, and Creator/JulianSands, written by Don Jakoby and Wesley Strick, and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Richard Vane, with Creator/StevenSpielberg as executive producer. This was the first film directed by Frank Marshall. It was also the first film released under {{Creator/Disney}}'s [[Creator/HollywoodPictures Hollywood Pictures label]].

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A [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror thriller/comedy]] (or "thrillomedy") film released in 1990, ''Arachnophobia'' stars starred Jeff Daniels, Creator/JohnGoodman, and Creator/JulianSands, written by Don Jakoby and Wesley Strick, and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Richard Vane, with Creator/StevenSpielberg as executive producer. This was the first film directed by Frank Marshall. It was also the first film released under {{Creator/Disney}}'s [[Creator/HollywoodPictures Hollywood Pictures label]].



* AerosolFlamethrower: Towards the end of the film, Ross uses an aerosol can and a lighter in an attempt to burn down The General.

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* AerosolFlamethrower: Towards the end of the film, Ross uses an aerosol can and a lighter in an attempt to burn down The General. It doesn't work.



* AnswersToTheNameOfGod

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* AnswersToTheNameOfGodAnswersToTheNameOfGod: During the finale of the film.



* BigFun: Delbert [=McClintock=], despite being a heavy guy, is an affable and quirky exterminator.



* EvilDetectingDog: Both a cat and a dog can sense that the General is, if not technically evil, than certainly not to be messed with. A crow does not realize this in time.

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* EvilDetectingDog: Both a cat and a dog can sense that the General is, if not technically evil, than certainly not to be messed with. A crow does not realize this in time.



* HighVoltageDeath: Ross kills [[spoiler:the queen]] by throwing her into a fuse box.

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* HighVoltageDeath: During the end of the film, Ross kills [[spoiler:the queen]] by throwing her into a the fuse box.box with a shovel.



** Also, Ross and the other are informed that they'll recognize the "nest" where the Queen and "general" are because it'll be dark, moist, and no matter how many thousands may be outside, there will be ''absolutely no spiders'' there because the Queen won't let potentially cannibalistic workers near her babies. Sure enough, [[spoiler: in the climax the house is overrun by spiders, but when Ross crashes through the floor into the basement, not one of the spiders goes down after him.]]

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** Also, Ross and the other are informed that they'll recognize the "nest" where the Queen and "general" are because it'll be dark, moist, and no matter how many thousands may be outside, there will be ''absolutely no spiders'' there because the Queen won't let potentially cannibalistic workers near her babies. Sure enough, [[spoiler: in the climax the house is overrun by spiders, but when Ross crashes through the floor into the basement, wine cellar, not one of the spiders goes down after him.]]



* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:Ross destroys the second spider nest by using a nail gun on The General after setting the latter on fire]].

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* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:Ross destroys the second spider nest by using a nail gun on The General after setting the latter General, who is literally on fire]].



* {{Leitmotif}}:
** Trevor Jones's main theme is featured in the opening and ending credits, and make prominent appearances during the film.
** Delbert's theme features a saxophone, harmonica and piano.



* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Frank Marshall named the goliath birdeater tarantula who played the General "Big Bob," after director Creator/RobertZemeckis.

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* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: [[WordOfGod Frank Marshall Marshall]] named the goliath birdeater tarantula who played the General "Big Bob," after director Creator/RobertZemeckis.



* OhCrap: Done by several characters in the film.

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* OhCrap: Done by several characters in the film.OhCrap:



** Ross again when he encounters the General in the wine cellar.



* SpiderSwarm: Played UpToEleven. The Venezuelan spider species presented in the film consists mostly of drones that lack sex organs, and they have a hive with a queen similarily to bees or ants. It is implied that if let to breed freely, the spiders would eventually give birth to a new queen capable of birthing fertile offspring, eventually leading to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the whole world being overrun]] by the extremely aggressive and venomous strain of spiders.

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* SpiderSwarm: Played UpToEleven. The Venezuelan spider species presented in the film consists mostly of drones that lack sex organs, and they have a hive with a queen similarily similarly to bees or ants. It is implied that if let to breed freely, the spiders would eventually give birth to a new queen capable of birthing fertile offspring, eventually leading to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the whole world being overrun]] by the extremely aggressive and venomous strain of spiders.



* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Atherton's the foremost spider expert in the country, and he's been extensively informed how dangerous the new breed of spiders are. He sees no problem however in investigating the huge spider's nest in the barn all by himself, with no protection whatsoever. And then deliberately twanging the spider's web, apparently to get it to show its face. Predictably, he dies within minutes]].

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* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Atherton's the foremost spider expert in the country, and he's been extensively informed how dangerous the new breed of spiders are. He sees no problem however in investigating the huge spider's nest in the Ross's barn all by himself, with no protection whatsoever. And then deliberately twanging the spider's web, apparently to get it to show its face. Predictably, he dies within minutes]].
15th Nov '16 7:35:46 PM gjjones
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* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:Ross destroys the second spider nest by using a nail gun on The General, who is literally on fire]].

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* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:Ross destroys the second spider nest by using a nail gun on The General, who is literally General after setting the latter on fire]].
15th Nov '16 6:45:12 PM gjjones
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* OhCrap:

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* OhCrap:OhCrap: Done by several characters in the film.
15th Nov '16 6:44:49 PM gjjones
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** Ross again when he encounters the General in the wine cellar.
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