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

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 24 December 1967 (USA)
A caretaker devotes himself to three demented siblings after their father's death.




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Complete credited cast:
Bruno (as Lon Chaney)
Peter Howe (as Quinn Redeker)
Ann Morris
Karl Schanzer ...


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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So shocking it will --- sliver your liver! See more »


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24 December 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cannibal Orgy, or The Maddest Story Ever Told  »


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$65,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


For the scene in which Ralph climbs down the house and peers in the window, Sid Haig had a rope tied around his feet and was lowered in front of the window. Pressure built up behind his eyes and he panicked, so this footage was shot very quickly. See more »


When the window comes down on the back of the messenger you can see a hand at each side of the window holding it down from the outside. See more »


Virginia: I caught a big fat bug right in my spider web and now the spider gets to give the bug a big sting. Sting! Sting! Sting! Sting! Sting!
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As the film ends, "THE END" appears on the screen, then suddenly changes to "THE END ?". See more »


Referenced in House of 1000 Corpses (2003) See more »


Spider Baby Theme
Written by Ronald Stein
Performed by Lon Chaney Jr.
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Strange And Original "Cult-Classic"
23 January 2006 | by 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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