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Two interesting things happen: the body of a photographer is sent home with a deadly south American spider hiding in the coffin and a doctor who has a deadly fear of spiders moves into the same small town. The spider begins to breed and the whole community is in danger unless the doctor can find out that the rash of deaths is caused by the young spiders and can convince the authorities in a sleepy little town to act before his own house and family are overrun.
Eight legs, two fangs and an attitude.
Release Date: July 18, 1990
Runtime: 103 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, Dolby SR
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Buried.com Rating: 7.2 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With A
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Jeff Daniels ...Dr. Ross Jennings
Harley Jane Kozak ...Molly Jennings
John Goodman ...Delbert McClintock
Julian Sands ...Doctor James Atherton
Stuart Pankin ...Sheriff Lloyd Parsons
Brian McNamara ...Chris Collins
Mark L. Taylor ...Jerry Manley
Henry Jones ...Doctor Sam Metcalf
Peter Jason ...Henry Beechwood
James Handy ...Milton Briggs
Roy Brocksmith ...Irv Kendall
Kathy Kinney ...Blaire Kendall
Mary Carver ...Margaret Hollins
Garette Ratliff Henson ...Tommy Jennings (as Garette Patrick Ratliff)
Marlene Katz ...Shelley Jennings
Jane Marla Robbins ...Edna Beechwood
Theo Schwartz ...Bunny Beechwood
Cori Wellins ...Becky Beechwood
Chance Boyer ...Bobby Beechwood
Frances Bay ...Evelyn Metcalf
Lois De Banzie ...Henrietta Manley
Warren Rice ...Dick Manley
Robert Frank Telfer ...Mayor Bob
Michael Steve Jones ...Irv's Assistant
Fiona Walsh ...Little Girl
Terese Del Piero ...Mom
Nathaniel Spitzley ...Todd Miller
Jay Scorpio ...Mover
Mai Lis Kuniholm ...Girlfriend
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ...Reserve pilot
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William S. Beasley
Robert W. Cort
"Blue Eyes Are Sensitive To The Light"
"I Left My Heart In San Francisco"
"Don't Bug Me"
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- Eight legs, two fangs and an attitude.
- The suspense of Alien! The excitement of Jaws! The fun of Back To The Future!
- [Flicks ant off of Manley's knee] Doctor James Atherton: 24 hour ant. Dick Manley: They bite? Doctor James Atherton: They kill, Mr. Manley, in sufficient numbers.
Dr. Ross Jennings: Respect is fine, but actually I've always wanted to be feared.
Delbert McClintock: Rock and roll!
Jerry Manley: So how long will it take us to get back to camp? Doctor James Atherton: What's the matter? You still worried about dinosaurs?
[noticing the dead spider Lloyd took out of the cereal box] Milt Briggs: What could have killed it? Dr. Ross Jennings: The shock of seeing Lloyd?
- The first film released under Disney's Hollywood Pictures label, which was also created so the studio could release more adult-oriented fare.
Canaima is the name of the avenging spirit of the Guyana Indians. It's also the name the area in Venezuela where the beginning of the movie was filmed and home to the world's tallest waterfall, Angel Falls.
The movie was filmed in Cambria, California. All the school scenes were filmed at Coast Union High School.
"Family Ties" (1982) is playing on the TV when spiders start crawling over the screen.
The small spiders used in the film were Avondale spiders (Delena Cancerides), a harmless species from New Zealand that were provided by Landcare Research in Auckland. Despite their fierce appearance, this spider is docile member of the crab-spider family and are, in fact, harmless to humans. They were not allowed back in New Zealand for quarantine reasons. The giant "spider" used in the film was a species of a bird-eating tarantula, which attains an 8" legspan or more. Those types of tarantula are not easy to handle and can give a nasty bite. The spiders in the film were managed and handled by famed entomologist Steven R. Kutcher.
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