Arachnophobia is a 1990 American black comedy horror film directed by Frank Marshall and starring Jeff Daniels and John Goodman. It was the first film released by The Walt Disney Studios' Hollywood Pictures label, as well as being the directorial debut of Marshall. The film's story centers on a newly discovered prehistoric spider from Venezuela being transported to a small California town that produces an invasive species of deadly spiders, which begin killing the town's residents.


In the Amazon rainforest, entomologist Dr. James Atherton hopes to discover new species of insects and arachnids. In a Venezuelan tepui, he captures two of an aggressive new species of spider of a prehistoric origin, which are revealed to be lacking sex organs, thus, making them drones or soldiers - atypical in spiders. A fertile non-drone male of the same species bites bedridden nature photographer Jerry Manley, who has a massive seizure from the venom and dies. The scientists bring his body back to the United States, blaming his death on a fever - unaware the spider has crawled into the coffin.