Five Things #48

“A film equal parts horror and comedy and one that would fall flat if either side hadn’t been up to muster. In that sense it’s wholly unique and might be better off staying that way.” Jack Beresford looks back at how Arachnophobia became the perfect creepy crawly horror comedy.

Solid reasoning is difficult and logical fallacies abound to trip us up and send us down, often insane, rabbit holes. Mark Manson has a refreshingly direct list of 8 logical fallacies that mess us all up, and why they matter.

From its name, to its hazy origins, to its drug interactions, there’s a lot going on beneath that thick rind. Dan Nosowitz explains why grapefruit is one of the weirdest fruits on the planet.

Another Brexit deadline is missed and Johnson blusters some more. Chris Grey notes that, regardless of the outcome of the current negotiations, there will be more because Britain is in for the long haul.

Andrew Anthony goes walking in an autumn wonderland and finds awe in deepest Surrey.

Arachnophobia

Arachnophobia I remember seeing Arachnophobia way back in the 1990s. In the cinema. And I really enjoyed it. What’s not to enjoy when killer spiders find their way to small-town America and start doing exactly what you expect killer spiders to do.

The film is a lot of fun for a spider invasion flick, due in no small part to the presence of John Goodman as the friendly neighbourhood pest exterminator.

I am grateful, therefore, to Alex Wild of Myrmecos for noting that the entire film can now be found on YouTube.

Here’s the trailer