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Arachnophobia, Dr. James Atherton (Julian Sands)

Site Rating: 60%
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Writeup Rating: 80%
(ratings: 3)
Film: Arachnophobia (1990)
Deceased Character: Dr. James Atherton (Julian Sands)
Killed with: Spider

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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 31st Mar 2006

Kindly submitted by Rick

Dr. James Atherton is a specialist in plants, insects and spiders, and he is ready to identify new species. When on patrol in Venezuela, he discovers a new species of spider, from which one bite of it is fatal to humans. One of these spiders inadvertently hitches a ride in the coffin of its first human victim, the photographer Jerry Manley, and arrives in the town Canaima, where it mates with the common House Spider, creating a new species of spider, just as lethal as their South American relative.

Atherton managed to locate the first American 'settlement' of these spiders by a photo of a square-like orb web, which is discovered in the barn of the new doctor, Ross Jennings, who is afraid of the spiders. Atherton enters the Spider's den, between the webs, and sees different animals, like a rat, tightly spun and stone dead in the webs. Atherton is an expert in spiders, but intruding into a spider's area, especially this kind, is something he should not have done. As he touches a wire, which is connected to ALL the webs, he says:
"Supper's ready... come and get it!"

The resident spider replies to this by jumping from a beam near the roof while releasing a high-pitched screech. Atherton finally notices the spider but is too late to move away. He screams in fear as the spider lands on his left shoulder and bites him in the neck. His dead body is found later in the film by Delbert McClintock, the town's bug exterminator, who says: "Oh my god, they got the Professor!"

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This review has 2 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Rick' (reply to this comment)
I reviewed that death scene again, and I found out that there was also a cat trapped in the webbing.
Comment 2 by 'helen carberry' (reply to this comment)
i hope that is right
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