[[caption-width-right:350:''"What have you done?"'']]

->''"Mr. Clegg... How many shirts are you wearing? One, two, three... Four! Now really, is this absolutely necessary?"''
->''"Oh indeed it is, Madam. Clothes maketh the man; and the less there is of the man, the more the need for the clothes."''

''Spider'' is a 2002 psychological thriller from Creator/DavidCronenberg starring Creator/RalphFiennes, Creator/GabrielByrne and Miranda Richardson, [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on a book/screenplay]] by Patrick [=McGrath=].

It tells the story of a paranoid schizophrenic, the titular Spider (real name Dennis Clegg), who is released from a mental asylum into a halfway house in London. Here he relives his traumatic 1960s childhood as he tries to piece his life back together and come to terms with his madness.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AndYouWereThere: Eventually, all the women in Adult Spider's life [[spoiler: turn into his mother]].
* [[AndThatLittleGirlWasMe And That Little Boy Was Me]]: That we're seeing a FlashBack isn't made apparent until we see Adult Spider repeat and eventually pre-empt Boy Spider's lines.
* DoubleEntendre: A staple of Yvonne's [[SarcasmMode highly cultured conversation]].
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Spider is taken back to the asylum after nearly killing his landlady. But he appears to be starting to come to terms with the fact he killed his own mother.]]
* TheEndingChangesEverything
* FanDisservice: Pretty much any scene involving Yvonne. The base [[{{Squick}} squickyness]] of the scene under the canal bridge is one notable example. Also, seeing the normally dashing Fiennes as a mumbling madman with scraggly hair and hand-me-down clothes is pretty jarring.
%%* FlashBack: See PensieveFlashback
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Spider being afraid of the gas towers, staring at the canal under the bridge and crying in an allotment.
* FunnySchizophrenia[=/=]TheMentallyDisturbed: Averted; this is a ''very'' anti-Hollywood portrayal of mental illness.
* LimitedWardrobe: Spider seems to wear his entire wardrobe at all times. Lampshaded in a quip from Terrence:
-->'''Terrence''': Clothes maketh the man; and the less there is of the man, the more the need of the clothes.
** This might be an inside reference to ''Film/TheFly1986'', where Creator/JeffGoldblum's character's only clothes are multiple versions of the same suit, but he doesn't wear them all at once.
* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Spider characterizes women as either mother figures or whores [[spoiler:enough that a hint of any sexuality turns a woman into Yvonne in his head - even his mother]].
* {{Matricide}}: [[spoiler:Clegg is horrified to discover that he murdered his mother during one of his hallucinations as a kid. It's the reason he's been institutionalized ever since.]]
* MeaningfulName: Dennis Cleg is nicknamed 'Spider' by his mother because he likes to make webs with string. The movie is the story of his mental web being constructed and simultaneously unraveled.
* MindScrew: [[ForegoneConclusion It's a Cronenberg film]].
* PensieveFlashback: Much of the story is told through Spider's flashbacks where he watches himself as a young boy... [[UnreliableNarrator even of scenes he couldn't possibly have seen]].
* ReallyGetsAround: Yvonne. [[spoiler: Or so Spider thinks; bearing the UnreliableNarrator in mind, we actually know almost nothing about her.]]
* RummageSaleReject: Adult Spider appears to wear his entire wardrobe at the same time; several pairs of trousers, many shirts and a hulking great shabby overcoat.
* SignatureStyle: The (long) Rorsharch-esque [[ArtisticTitle opening titles]], crisp cinematography of mundane sets and mentally disturbed protagonists.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: TruthInTelevision to an extent; schizophrenia is still a poorly understood illness, and at the period this film is set Britain was busy releasing mental patients into the public with little or no assistance under its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Care_in_the_community Care in the Community]] programme.
* ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness
* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness: Spider, an institutionalized paranoid schizophrenic, has very poor personal hygiene. He also constantly wears at least five layers of clothing which he never seems to change.
* TheUnintelligible: As well as a bad case of the mumbles, [[TheIllegible Mr. Clegg writes constant gibberish in his journal]].
* UnreliableNarrator: The story is filmed from the perspective of a paranoid schizophrenic.
* WindmillCrusader