30-Day Horror Movie Challenge: Day 20 – A Killer Animal…

movie poster Arachnophobia 1990

Tagline: Eight legs, two fangs and an attitude.

Synopsis: “A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.” source

Psst, Katherine, I promise I had this one planned for today before I read your post for Day 13.

Today’s prompt was difficult since I tend to block out movies with animal death. And, as a general rule, I don’t do movies with killer animals either. Mainly because if there’s an animal killing humans, it means said animal will most likely be killed during the climax, and I cannot stand to watch animals killed onscreen (or anywhere, obviously).

So, I went with ARACHNOPHOBIA because when I watched it for the first time, I was with my mom. A woman who is scared enough of spiders she told me she would move out of a house if the spiders were too plentiful or too big. Also, my mom is one of those people who instructs (read: yells at) people onscreen what they should and shouldn’t do; who jumps when, say, a spider leaps on a character; and, who, yes, even screams. It was a pretty fun experience watching her freak the eff out during this movie.

But the movie itself was also not terrible, in a cheesy kinda way. If I can still remember it almost 30 years later, it had to have done something right.

Check out ARACHNOPHOBIA on IMDb | Watch the trailer

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What’s your favorite horror film involving a killer animal?


3 Replies to “30-Day Horror Movie Challenge: Day 20 – A Killer Animal…

  1. I’m with your mom. A friend told me about his first night in Zimbabwe, sleeping in a room with three fist-sized spiders that were just…hanging out. My only thought was “Kill it with fire?” Despite that Arachnophobia has a soft spot in my heart… 😉

    1. Hmm, “fist-sized” may be outside my spider comfort zone. I’d find another room to sleep in 😁 Yes I realize the spiders were likely everywhere, but I’m a firm believer in, if I can’t see it, it’s not there. 🤣

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