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Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1967)

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A caretaker devotes himself to three demented adults after their father's death.

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Bruno (as Lon Chaney)
Carol Ohmart ...
Quinn K. Redeker ...
Peter Howe (as Quinn Redeker)
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Elizabeth Merrye
Jill Banner ...
Virginia Merrye
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Ralph Merrye
Mary Mitchel ...
Ann Morris
Karl Schanzer ...
Mr. Schlocker
Mantan Moreland ...
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Storyline

In a dilapidated rural mansion, the last generation of the degenerate, inbred Merrye family lives with the inherited curse of a disease that causes them to mentally regress from the age of 10 or so on as they physically develop. The family chauffeur looks out for them and covers up their indiscretions. Trouble comes when greedy distant relatives and their lawyer arrive to dispossess the family of its home. Written by D.A. Kellough <dkelloug@infinet.com>

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Savage hunger of a BLACK WIDOW See more »


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24 December 1967 (USA)  »

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Spider Baby  »

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$65,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Interior sets were erected on a soundstage in Glendale, CA. The same walls were moved and redressed to create the various rooms in the Merrye home. See more »

Goofs

As Virginia climbs onto Peter's lap and the camera pushes in on them, the shadow of a boom mic drops down the wall. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth: Spiders don't eat other spiders.
Virginia: Cannibal spiders do.
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Crazy Credits

As the film ends, "THE END" appears on the screen, then suddenly changes to "THE END ?". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Spider Baby Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Ronald Stein
Performed by Lon Chaney Jr.
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User Reviews

 
Strange And Original "Cult-Classic"
23 January 2006 | by (St. John's Abortion Clinic) – See all my reviews

Admittedly, I'm not as up-to-par on horror films of the 60's and older decades (other than some H.G. Lewis splatter) as I'm a child of the 80's and typically prefer blood, guts, tits, and ass over the black-and-white, "atmospheric" stuff - but I did really enjoy SPIDER BABY.

The basic story is about the remaining members of the Merrye family, and their caretaker, Bruno (played brilliantly by Lon Chaney Jr.), and their fight to stay secluded and together against the forces that would split up their "family". The Merrye's have a strange disease that causes them to act strangely (and sometimes murderously...), and some of their extended family want to cash-in on the estate of the now departed father of the family. The kids (including a VERY young Sid Haig) don't want to be separated from Bruno, and will go to any lengths to keep their little "unit" together...

SPIDER BABY is a strange, funny, touching, creepy film that really needs to be experienced as opposed to explained. The performances are all good, especially Chaney Jr., who really is "in character" in this one. Definitely nothing in the way of gore or nudity - but a quirky, interesting and entertaining film nonetheless. In fact, SPIDER BABY has piqued my interest in the films of this era, and I'll probably seek more out after having seen this. Definitely worth checking out - 8/10


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