Arachnophobia released July 18, 1990
Arachnophobia is a 1990 American comedy horror film directed by Frank Marshall and starring Jeff Daniels and John Goodman. It is about deadly spiders infesting a small California town, with the title referring to the fear of spiders. It was the very first film released by Hollywood Pictures.
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.
The sound of a spider being crushed by John Goodman was made by the foley artists crushing a couple of potato chips.
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