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Spider Baby will give you nightmares forever! See more »
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A caretaker devotes himself to three demented adults after their father's death. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Lon Chaney Jr. ... Bruno (as Lon Chaney)
Carol Ohmart ... Emily Howe
Quinn K. Redeker ... Peter Howe (as Quinn Redeker)

Beverly Washburn ... Elizabeth Merrye
Jill Banner ... Virginia Merrye

Sid Haig ... Ralph Merrye
Mary Mitchel ... Ann Morris
Karl Schanzer ... Mr. Schlocker
Mantan Moreland ... Messenger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carolyn Cooper ... Aunt Clara (uncredited)
Joan Keller Stern ... Aunt Martha (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jack Hill 
 
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Jack Hill (written by)

Produced by
Gil Lasky .... producer
Marvin Levine .... associate producer
Paul Monka .... producer
Alan Riseman .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Ronald Stein 
 
Cinematography by
Alfred Taylor 
 
Film Editing by
Jack Hill (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Ray Storey  (as Ray Story)
 
Makeup Department
Elliott Fayad .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Bart Patton .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bart Patton .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John Broadrick .... sound
Lee Strosnider .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gilbert Haimson .... assistant camera (as Gil Haimson)
Carl Olsen .... key grip
Robert Pickering .... best boy
Dave Stern .... gaffer (as David Stern)
Frank Zuniga .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Keller Stern .... wardrobe (as Joan Keller)
 
Other crew
Barbara Bohrer .... script supervisor
Mike McCloskey .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"Spider Baby" - USA (short title)
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81 min
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Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Finland:K-18 (unrated) | Finland:K-14 (video premiere) | New Zealand:PG | UK:15 | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Quinn K. Redeker would sometimes sit in Lon Chaney Jr.'s trailer while Chaney told him stories and anecdotes about his films. Chaney would often be making his specialty - homemade mustard - while doing so.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The architecture of the Merrye house makes no logical sense; the actual layout of the rooms and floors as they relate to each other is impossible, something director Jack Hill later admitted.See more »
Quotes:
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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Spider Baby ThemeSee more »

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was a Fantomas song based on this movie
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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Creepy, funny, irregular, occasionally brilliant, 25 November 2004
Author: time_waster from Tucson, Arizona

At one point in this movie, Virginia (Jill Banner), the "Spider Baby" of the title, grabs a spider from the table and pops it into her mouth. Her sister Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn) quips, "Spiders don't eat spiders."

"Cannibal spiders do," retorts Virginia, and this scene sums up everything good about Spider Baby: twisted, funny, and possessing an internal logic that pretty much justifies anything it does, no matter how preposterous.

Originally funded by two real estate developers and locked away for years after a bankruptcy filing, Spider Baby hit the drive-in circuit, made its modest sum of money, and faded away--almost. Somewhere down the line, it developed a cult status despite only being available on low-quality, grainy video. It is now available on DVD in a restored cut that reveals strikingly beautiful black-and-white cinematography. Low-budget it may be, but it's gorgeous to look at.

Lon Chaney Jr. stars as a butler taking care of his deceased employer's children (Washburn, Banner and Sid Haig). The siblings suffer from a hereditary disease that leaves them intellectually childlike but also makes them casual murderers, a problem compounded when distant cousins (Quinn Redeker and the stunning Carol Ohmart) arrive with designs on taking over the estate. The plot is simple and the movie is short (only 81 minutes), but it wastes no time and delivers plenty of creepy thrills, among them cannibalism, implied necrophilia, and midnight chases through the woods.

The acting is a pleasant surprise as well. The entire cast does a convincing job of bringing these oddball characters to life. There are a few missteps here and there: a couple of moments, for instance, when Redeker addresses the audience directly, and it's hard to know if the humor is intentional or not. Overall, however, the quality of each performance is pretty high. Especially touching is a scene where Chaney's character realizes there will be no good end to the situation, and his obvious affection for these mad but dangerous children actually brings a tear to the eye.

Well worth checking out if you're into horror, grim humor, or very, very odd movies.

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