Back when I was a young boy of 10, my aunt and mother took me to the movies. We were seeing a double feature that day, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for me and Arachnophobia for them. It was an insanely memorable experience. I was a fanatic when it came to the turtles, as I think every kid my age was. But it was Arachnophobia that changed my life. As far as I can remember, it was my first horror movie and opened up a giant revolving door that is still spinning today.
First the tarantula builds a giant cluster of webs which isn’t something they do, then it magically gives birth to a completely different species – the common wolf spider. Biology isn’t important when it comes to spider movies and never has been. These wolf spiders start spreading around town, killing folks, and confusing everyone. The now infamous scene with the spider that jumps on a showering girl and slides down between her breasts is classic.
Jeff Daniels crashes from the upstairs through to the cellar. This is the queen spider’s nest and she isn’t happy to see ol’ Jeff. She jumps at him, runs at him, walks up slowly to him – all of the classic spider moves. Still, he is able to kill her – though it takes fire and then getting shot with some kind of nail harpoon gun thingy for it to work. I love how the spiders make that squeaky sound that makes no sense. It almost makes them cute.
For any fan of spider movies, this is obviously a must see. Despite all the silly, it can still make you check your sheets at night and your shoes before putting them on.
As always, feel free to comment below with any thoughts. As far as what is coming soon - I am working on a review for Pet Sematary, Would You Rather?, and Be Afraid.
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