On Wednesday, October 30, the Cambria Vets Hall will host a screening of the 1990 horror/comedy ARACHNOPHOBIA at 7pm. Steven Kutcher, the movie’s Supervising Entomologist will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions, and will be accompanied by several of his eight-legged friends.
This is the sixth event in the “SLO County on the Silver Screen” series, showcasing Hollywood movies filmed in San Luis Obispo County. A total of 20 films are being shown in the cities they were shot in from August 2013 to March 2014, to celebrate the SLOIFF’s 20th Anniversary, happening March 5-9, 2014. Presented by MidAmerican Solar, proud owner of Topaz Solar Farms, the fundraising series for the 2014 SLOIFF is also sponsored by Visit San Luis Obispo County & Film Commission; Cliffs Resort, Apple Farm, Sycamore Mineral Springs and SeaVenture Resort; Q104.5 and the New Times.
Disney’s ARACHNOPHOBIA was shot primarily in Cambria in 1990, in several locations. When Dr. Ross Jennings (Jeff Daniels) moves with his young family to a small town called Canaima, he gets a chilly welcome from the old doctor who isn’t really ready to retire. Meanwhile the family tries to adjust to the charming old farmhouse they now call home, but they are about to find out that the grumpy old doctor is the least of their problems. A killer South American spider has just arrived in Canaima and has made the ranch its new home too.
Directed by Frank Marshall, and produced by the dream team of Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, the movie also stars John Goodman, Julian Sands and Harley Jane Kosak. The movie was filmed partly in downtown and rural Cambria, as well as at Halter Ranch, outside Paso Robles.
Supervising Entomologist, Steven Kutcher, worked on the movie for nine months, as the insect consultant as well as being directly involved with the scenes involving live spiders. He is a renowned “bug expert” and since 1976 he has worked as an entomology consultant on over 100 feature films and commercials. He worked with mosquitoes and amber insects on the movie “Jurassic Park” and painted spiders on “Spiderman” (see film credits). Over 100 articles have been written about him in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Science World. He has appeared on many TV and radio programs including The Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman, The Garry Shandling Show and The Scoop GB (episode won a BAFTA award) and many international interviews. In 1990, The National Geographic did a short documentary on his work in education and the film industry.
Mr. Kutcher looks forward to coming back to Cambria to share stories about the filming of ARACHNOPHOBIA, which was shot before the more recent advances in computer animation that would now render real spiders unnecessary. He plans to bring a few of his favorite tarantula’s for photo ops after the movie. And, he will also bring some examples of his “bug art” – paintings created by…you guessed it…insects!
Tickets for ARACHNOPHOBIA are available online now for $10 general and $8 for students and SLOIFF Film Society members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Come early, have dinner in town and stroll through Cambria to enjoy their October Scarecrow Festival. Dozens of creative and humorous scarecrows are on display on both sides of town and the Cambria Vets Hall is located right in the middle at 1000 Main Street.
Lights, camera, spiders: Filming Arachnophobia in Cambria – Tribune, 10/18/13
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