Arachnophobia is defined here as the deep-rooted fear of spiders, those creepy, crawly insects that give most of us a twinge of anxiety, if not pangs of out-and-out terror. Catering to this prevalent dread, Frank Marshall's directorial debut is a predictable formula film that also
panders to yet another basic psychological state, what might be called phobiaphilia
, the love of being scared. But as Steven Spielberg's longtime partner and executive producer of some of the most popular movies ever made (RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK; POLTERGEIST; BACK TO THE FUTURE), Marshall has
learned a few tricks along the way. Conventional though it may be, ARACHNOPHOBIA is almos...