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.
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- Frank Marshall
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
A lovely widescreen, with sound in DD 5.1 and English subtitles. There's a production featurette and the original trailer. This is a nice enough treatment.
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.
- 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.
- "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.
- 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 kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it