Arachnophobia

1990 PG-13 1h 49m DVD

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Arachnophobia

1990 PG-13 1h 49m DVD
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When Dr. Ross Jennings moves to a small California town, people mysteriously start dropping dead all around him -- and the killer just might be a rare arachnid imported in a coffin from Venezuela.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
None
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
  • Jeff Daniels
  • Harley Jane Kozak
  • John Goodman
  • Julian Sands
  • Stuart Pankin
  • Brian McNamara
  • Mark L. Taylor
  • Henry Jones
  • Peter Jason
  • James Handy
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Reviews

age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this horror-comedy features spider-bite-seizure deaths of likeable characters, including grandparent-ish types and imperiled house pets, and there is one particularly hideous corpse. Dialogue includes swearing (at the PG-level), and there is some naked female anatomy strategically revealed in a shower sequence. Needless to say, young (and old) viewers with a morbid fear of spiders may find some of the visuals uncomfortable or nightmare-inducing. There is the use of a nail gun as a weapon that may encourage unwise copycat behavior among kids.

Sexual Content

No full toplessness, but female flesh as a spider in a shower crawls between a girl's exposed cleavage. Science discussion of the sex organs possessed by the species of spider involved. Suggestion that (married) humans and (unmarried) spiders are about to have sex.

Violence

Spider bites, a few in closeup, resulting in seizures and death. A sight of hideously withered human and animal corpses. Spiders are squashed and burned; human victims include a nice old lady and a high school athlete. Climactic incendiaries and explosions, and even a projectile weapon.

Language

"Damn," "hell," the s-word, "SOB," "God-damned."

Social Behavior

Though the superficial message is Dr. Jennings facing his worst phobia and triumphing, some might detect a sub-theme: a sardonic portrayal of "peaceful" small-town USA as more treacherous, small-minded, and mean-spirited than the major metropolitan communities.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some social drinking. A luxury wine collection in a cellar ends up being key to the climax.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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