Arachnophobia

Arachnophobia (1990)

11 mistakes since 18 Aug '21, 08:36

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Revealing mistake: At the end when the dock 'kicks' the king spider off him into the fire, we hear it scream like a stuck pig. Then additional screams from the 'burning' spider's inside the pulsating nest, and when the doc torches both the king spider afterwards.

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Revealing mistake: Toward the end when the doctor climbs up and throws the alcohol on the pulsating egg sack to torch it, the fake king spider suddenly "pops' up on its hind legs, like a Halloween special effect.

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Suggested correction: Spiders can stand on their hind legs in real life, so this isn't a mistake.

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Visible crew/equipment: Near the end when the doctor and his family are getting attacked by the spider's, half are CGI and the others fake as you can see the Tech wires making them move. Then when he's lying on the floor collecting himself, there's a pulsating sack in the corner, with a fake spider leg sticking out.

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Visible crew/equipment: When the explorer goes up into the loft to find the king spider, he taps the fake web string, says 'suppers ready" and then the fake spider shoots from a tech wire 'screaming" and attacks him. (01:49:24 - 01:49:50)

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Revealing mistake: When Margaret (the blood pressure lady?) gets settled for the night, one of the baby spiders is crawling toward the couch where she's sitting. In the very next shot that same spider is suddenly 'hiding' inside the lampshade above her and bites her.

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Visible crew/equipment: Near the beginning when the men are hauling the equipment to their camp, you can see a crew members hand in the bush literally toss the fake giant spider on top the passing equipment. (00:13:10)

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Other mistake: The king spider moving up the docs leg at the end is animatronic, considering the way it moves, like a typical Halloween effect. But understandably because it was too risky to use a real one.

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Continuity mistake: It's way obvious that the king spider attacking the doc at the end is animatronic or CGI as it's appearance changes. In the far shots the legs are wide spread and it's a purplish color. But in the closeups it's black and half the size.

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Other mistake: Near the end when the doctor is pursuing the fake king spider moving along inside the pipes, it makes loud tapping sounds. Then "jumps" out at him from the end pipe and attacks.

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Other mistake: Every time the fake king spider is in a scene the, tech department adds a hissing sound for dramatic effect.

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Suggested correction: Some species of spider do in fact hiss, and since this is a brand-new species of spider made up for the film, it too can hiss if the writers so desire.

Phaneron Premium member

Factual error: The shadow of a spider climbing up the window makes a 'tick' as it moves, when spiders don't make sounds.

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Trivia: Near the start of the film, when Atherton is examining the spider after returning from the valley, several butterflies are seen pinned up in front of him. Several of these are not South American butterflies - the top left one (blue with long tails) is Papilio Ulysses, a species of tropical Australia, and the big green-and-black one near the bottom right is Ornithoptera priamus or O. euphorion. Whether this qualifies as a mistake, I don't know - Atherton is supposed to be an expert, so they may not be the most geographically accurate 'colourful' butterflies to use.

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Question: Are the small spiders in the movie an actual type of spider? If so, what are they called?

Answer: The small spiders are Avondale spiders from New Zealand. They are totally harmless to humans.

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