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* BodyHorror: The condition of Jerry's corpse after the General drains it of all it’s blood.

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** Jerry Manley to a lesser extent, who is perpetually grouchy and refuses to listen to the advice of the natives to pay attention to his surroundings.


* TheCityVsTheCountry: Ross and his family move into a small town. The townspeople immediately resent him for being from the city.

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* TheCityVsTheCountry: Ross and his family move into a small town. The townspeople immediately resent him for being from the city.city, mainly because Dr. Metcalf slanders him out of spite and uses the string of mysterious deaths to make him look like a quack.



%%* CorruptHick: Sheriff Parsons.

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%%* * CorruptHick: Downplayed by Sheriff Parsons.Parsons, who mainly uses his authority to give people unjust parking tickets just to be an ass, but never abuses his power beyond that.
* DrJerk: Dr. Metcalf, who is utterly incompetent at being a doctor and cares more about public opinion than actually treating his patients.

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* FamousLastWords:
-> [[spoiler:'''Atherton''']]: Supper time. Come and get it.

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* IrrationalHatred: Dr. Metcalf hates Ross for daring to stay in town despite him deciding not to retire and immediately goes about slandering him... because Dr. Metcalf has neglected to tell him this until after Ross and his family had moved, quit their jobs, and bought an office.


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* ItsAllAboutMe: Dr. Metcalf. He has Ross replace him when he decides, then goes back on this on the fly and neglects to tell Ross until after he and his family have bought a house, he and his wife quit their jobs, and bought an office. Metcalf then gets extremely pissed that Ross has the ''gall '' to set up another clinic, and begins slandering him and blaming the rash of recent deaths on his incompetence and prevents any attempt Ross makes to examine the bodies to discredit him. He also cares more about public opinion than actually doing his job.


A [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror thriller/comedy]] (or "thrillomedy") film released in 1990, ''Arachnophobia'' starred Creator/JeffDaniels, Creator/JohnGoodman, and Creator/JulianSands, written by Don Jakoby and Wesley Strick, and produced by Creator/KathleenKennedy 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 Creator/JeffDaniels, Creator/JohnGoodman, and Creator/JulianSands, and Creator/PeterJason, written by Don Jakoby and Wesley Strick, and produced by Creator/KathleenKennedy 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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* ContrivedCoincidence.
** Manley just happened to live in the same town that Ross has just moved to.
** It was very unlucky for Ross that two of patients were bitten by one of deadly spiders shortly after being examined by him.


The film concerns about an unknown species of spider living in an isolated sinkhole within the South American jungle, which is discovered by entomologist James Atherton (Creator/JulianSands). These spiders operate with a hive mentality and carry a super-potent venom that kills in a matter of seconds. When one of the spiders, called The General, is accidentally transported to a sleepy California town from Venezuela in the coffin of its first victim and later mates with a common house spider, the hybrid descendants terrorize the town for weeks while the newly-arrived city-mouse family physician Ross Jennings (Creator/JeffDaniels) struggles to make sense of the mysterious deaths. Aiding him is the EccentricExterminator Delbert [=McClintock=], played by Creator/JohnGoodman in one of his more memorable roles. The film was a financial and critical success thanks to its mix of horror and humor.

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The film concerns about an A previously unknown species of spider is discovered living in an isolated sinkhole within the South American jungle, which is discovered Venezuelan jungle by entomologist James Atherton (Creator/JulianSands). These spiders operate with a hive mentality and carry a super-potent an extremely potent venom that which kills in a matter of seconds. When one of the spiders, called The General, spiders is accidentally transported to a sleepy California town from Venezuela in the coffin of its first victim and later mates with a common house spider, the hybrid descendants terrorize the town for weeks while the newly-arrived city-mouse family physician Ross Jennings (Creator/JeffDaniels) struggles to make sense of the mysterious deaths. Aiding him is the EccentricExterminator Delbert [=McClintock=], played by Creator/JohnGoodman in one of his more memorable roles. The film was a financial and critical success thanks to its mix of horror and humor.


->'''Molly:''' What is it?
->'''Delbert:''' It's hard to say... Would anybody object if I tore this floor out?
->'''Molly:''' I would.
->'''Delbert:''' False alarm then; lead on.

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->'''Molly:''' What is it?
->'''Delbert:'''
it?\\
'''Delbert:'''
It's hard to say... Would anybody object if I tore this floor out?
->'''Molly:'''
out?\\
'''Molly:'''
I would.
->'''Delbert:'''
would.\\
'''Delbert:'''
False alarm then; lead on.



A [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror thriller/comedy]] (or "thrillomedy") film released in 1990, ''Arachnophobia'' starred 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]].

The film concerns about an unknown species of spider living in an isolated sinkhole within the South American jungle, which is discovered by entomologist James Atherton (Julian Sands). These spiders operate with a hive mentality and carry a super-potent venom that kills in a matter of seconds. When one of the spiders, called The General, is accidentally transported to a sleepy California town from Venezuela in the coffin of its first victim and later mates with a common house spider, the hybrid descendants terrorize the town for weeks while the newly-arrived city-mouse family physician Ross Jennings (Daniels) struggles to make sense of the mysterious deaths. Aiding him is the EccentricExterminator Delbert [=McClintock=], played by Goodman in one of his more memorable roles. The film was a financial and critical success thanks to its mix of horror and humor.

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A [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror thriller/comedy]] (or "thrillomedy") film released in 1990, ''Arachnophobia'' starred Creator/JeffDaniels, Creator/JohnGoodman, and Creator/JulianSands, written by Don Jakoby and Wesley Strick, and produced by Kathleen Kennedy Creator/KathleenKennedy 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]].

The film concerns about an unknown species of spider living in an isolated sinkhole within the South American jungle, which is discovered by entomologist James Atherton (Julian Sands).(Creator/JulianSands). These spiders operate with a hive mentality and carry a super-potent venom that kills in a matter of seconds. When one of the spiders, called The General, is accidentally transported to a sleepy California town from Venezuela in the coffin of its first victim and later mates with a common house spider, the hybrid descendants terrorize the town for weeks while the newly-arrived city-mouse family physician Ross Jennings (Daniels) (Creator/JeffDaniels) struggles to make sense of the mysterious deaths. Aiding him is the EccentricExterminator Delbert [=McClintock=], played by Goodman Creator/JohnGoodman in one of his more memorable roles. The film was a financial and critical success thanks to its mix of horror and humor.



* AllForNothing: Minor example with the much-prized bottle of Chateau. After making a RunningGag of keeping it safe at all costs (even having Ross refuse to toss it when he's flinging bottles at The General in a desperate attempt to keep it away from him), neither Ross nor his wife manage to sip a single drop before an earthquake in San Francisco makes them go check if their kids are safe... and then an aftershock spills all of it.

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* AllForNothing: Minor example with the much-prized bottle of Chateau.Château Margaux. After making a RunningGag of keeping it safe at all costs (even having Ross refuse to toss it when he's flinging bottles at The General in a desperate attempt to keep it away from him), neither Ross nor his wife manage to sip a single drop before an earthquake in San Francisco makes them go check if their kids are safe... and then an aftershock spills all of it.



-->'''[[BadassUnintentional Ross]]:''' ''[after destroying the nest with his ImprobableAimingSkills]'' Thank God.
-->'''Delbert:''' Don't mention it.

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-->'''[[BadassUnintentional Ross]]:''' ''[after destroying the nest with his ImprobableAimingSkills]'' Thank God.
-->'''Delbert:'''
God.\\
'''Delbert:'''
Don't mention it.



* BrickJoke: [[spoiler: "Not the Chateau!"]]

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* BrickJoke: [[spoiler: "Not A RunningGag of the Chateau!"]]movie is Ross keeping his bottle of Château Margaux safe. It manages to survive the entire movie... only to get it all spilled by a random earthquake after he moves back to San Francisco at the end of the movie.
--> '''Ross:''' Not the Château!



* CorruptHick: Sheriff Parsons.

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* %%* CorruptHick: Sheriff Parsons.



* FanDisservice: There's a scene of a girl showering when one of the lethal, venomous spiders crawls out of the shower head. She remains oblivious as he gets washed off her body until she notices the spider disappearing down the drain.

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* FanDisservice: There's {{Fanservice}}: A young woman, Becky gets a scene of a girl showering when ShowerScene showing some ToplessnessFromTheBack and ShouldersUpNudity.
** FanDisservice: ... but unbeknownst to her,
one of the lethal, venomous spiders crawls out is crawling along her shower rod, before ''jumping onto her face'' and going down her body, including a [[MaleGaze close-up shot of the shower head. spider crawling between her breasts]]. She remains oblivious as he it gets washed off her body until she notices the spider disappearing down the drain.is on her feet and starts screaming.



-->'''Delbert''': I'm gonna go uncork the private stock.

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-->'''Delbert''': -->'''Delbert:''' I'm gonna go uncork the private stock.



* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler:Dr. Sam Metcalf discredits Ross's reputation and advises townsfolk to avoid consulting him. When Dr. Metcalf is bitten by a spider, he tells his wife to urgently call Ross.]]

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* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler:Dr.Dr. Sam Metcalf discredits Ross's reputation and advises townsfolk to avoid consulting him. When [[spoiler:When Dr. Metcalf is bitten by a spider, he tells his wife to urgently call Ross.]]



* ItsQuietTooQuiet: It's repeatedly mentioned that the main character doesn't hear crickets, despite living in the country. That's because [[spoiler: the main webs are in his barn and the spiders have easily destroyed the local population.]]

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* ItsQuietTooQuiet: ItsQuietTooQuiet:
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It's repeatedly mentioned that the main character doesn't hear crickets, despite living in the country. That's because [[spoiler: the main webs are in his barn and the spiders have easily destroyed the local population.]]



* {{Jerkass}}: Dr. Sam Metcalf arranges with Ross for him to take over his small town clinic when he retires. Then Metcalf decides on the fly to go back on his promise when Ross has already bought a home and settled his family in town. He views him with unjustified contempt as a big-city wig who looks down on the townspeople, badmouths him to the town, and berates his concern about the increasing sudden deaths largely out of spite.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Dr. Sam Metcalf arranges with Ross for him to take over his small town small-town clinic when he retires. Then Metcalf decides on the fly to go back on his promise when Ross has already bought a home and settled his family in town. He views him with unjustified contempt as a big-city wig who looks down on the townspeople, badmouths him to the town, and berates his concern about the increasing sudden deaths largely out of spite.


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* PsychoShowerMurderParody: The spider attacking Becky in the shower is an obvious comic nod to Hitchcock’s Psycho.


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* ShowerOfAwkward: When Becky has a FreakOut about the spider jumping on her while she's showering, her startled father and brother burst into the bathroom, which causes her to forget about the spider to have a NakedFreakOut instead, covering herself with the shower curtain while screaming at them.


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* UntrustingCommunity: Canaima is suspicious of outsiders like Ross who see him as a big-city wig and put their trust on [[DrJerk Metcalf]] over him.


* OhCrap: There are quite a few characters who at various points realize that they are in serious trouble.

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* OhCrap: There are quite a few characters who at various points realize that they are in serious trouble.OhCrap:

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* GonnaNeedMoreX: Once they discover the Queen's nest, Delbert realizes his homemade insecticide isn't going to be strong enough.
-->'''Delbert''': I'm gonna go uncork the private stock.


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* LockAndLoadMontage: Delbert gets one when preparing to face the Queen. "Rock and roll!"


** This is especially egregious, as the previous scene established [[spoiler: just ''how'' deadly the venom was. So, the world's leading arachnid specialist has just learned about a species that can kill you in seconds, and has no fear for humans or other larger animals. The conclusion? [[IdiotBall Let's go find it by ourselves with no backup or any sort of preparation!]] ]]

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** This is especially egregious, as the previous scene established [[spoiler: just ''how'' deadly the venom was. So, the world's leading arachnid specialist has just learned about a species that can kill you in seconds, and has no fear for humans or other larger animals. The conclusion? [[IdiotBall Let's go find it by ourselves with no backup or any sort of preparation!]] ]]

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->'''Molly:''' What is it?
->'''Delbert:''' It's hard to say... Would anybody object if I tore this floor out?
->'''Molly:''' I would.
->'''Delbert:''' False alarm then; lead on.


The film concerns about an unknown species of spider living in an isolated sinkhole within the South-American Jungle, which is discovered by entomologist James Atherton (Julian Sands). These spiders operate with a hive mentality and carry a super-potent venom that kills in a matter of seconds. When one of the spiders, called The General, is accidentally transported to a sleepy California town from Venezuela in the coffin of its first victim and later mates with a common House Spider, the hybrid descendants terrorize the town for weeks while the newly-arrived city-mouse family physician Ross Jennings (Daniels) struggles to make sense of the mysterious deaths. Aiding him is the EccentricExterminator Delbert [=McClintock=], played by Goodman in one of his more memorable roles. The film was a financial and critical success thanks to its mix of horror and humor.

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The film concerns about an unknown species of spider living in an isolated sinkhole within the South-American Jungle, South American jungle, which is discovered by entomologist James Atherton (Julian Sands). These spiders operate with a hive mentality and carry a super-potent venom that kills in a matter of seconds. When one of the spiders, called The General, is accidentally transported to a sleepy California town from Venezuela in the coffin of its first victim and later mates with a common House Spider, house spider, the hybrid descendants terrorize the town for weeks while the newly-arrived city-mouse family physician Ross Jennings (Daniels) struggles to make sense of the mysterious deaths. Aiding him is the EccentricExterminator Delbert [=McClintock=], played by Goodman in one of his more memorable roles. The film was a financial and critical success thanks to its mix of horror and humor.



** Another point in this favor is that the reason common arachnids and other creatures that use an exoskeleton are not the size of houses is that they would collapse under their own weight. The scene at the beginning where [[spoiler: the scientists use a numbing agent to collect specimans, would have resulted in quite a few spider bodies that were missing legs. Dropping a tarantula a distance of more than two feet causes it to shatter. These spiders fell from a tree easily one hundred feet tall. In short, none would have lived.]]

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** Another point in this favor is that the reason common arachnids and other creatures that use an exoskeleton are not the size of houses is that they would collapse under their own weight. The scene at the beginning where [[spoiler: the scientists use a numbing agent to collect specimans, specimens, would have resulted in quite a few spider bodies that were missing legs. Dropping a tarantula a distance of more than two feet causes it to shatter. These spiders fell from a tree easily one hundred feet tall. In short, none would have lived.]]



*** The General is only about the size of a goliath bird eater, one of the largest known Taratunla species, only beat by the huntsman in leg span, look up pictures.

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*** The General is only about the size of a goliath Goliath bird eater, one of the largest known Taratunla tarantula species, only beat by the huntsman in leg span, look up pictures.span.

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* ItCanThink: The General in particular is shown to be extremely intelligent in its actions, stowing away inside Jerry Manley's coffin after it kills him, [[spoiler:immediately killing Atherton when he tries to bait it out, and using its size and speed to always keep Ross on-the-fence during its final battle with him.]]

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