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Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told -- This highly influential cult classic from writer-director Jack Hill (Switchblade Sisters, Foxy Brown) tells the demented and darkly comic tale of the Merrye children -- Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn), Virginia (Jill Banner) and Ralph (Sid Haig)-- all of whom suffer from a rare genetic malady that causes its victims to mentally regress to a condition of "pre-human savagery and cannibalism."

The children live in the old family mansion, and though under the cautious guardianship of chauffeur Bruno (Lon Chaney Jr.), they manage to terrorize anyone or anything which passes through the gates. So when the family is visited by a pair of distant relatives and their greedy lawyer, a wild night of murderous thrills ensues.

Dark Sky Films proudly presents the Director's Cut of Spider Baby, transferred and restored in High Definition from the original 35mm negative under the personal supervision of Jack Hill and featuring previously lost footage.

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Director:
Writer:
Jack Hill (written by)
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Spider Baby will give you nightmares forever! See more »
Plot:
A caretaker devotes himself to three demented adults after their father's death. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Strange And Original "Cult-Classic" See more (86 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

Directed by
Jack Hill 
 
Writing credits
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 (director of photography)
 
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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Also Known As:
"Spider Baby" - USA (short title)
"The Liver Eaters" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
81 min
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Certification:
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:
The directorial debut for Jack Hill.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Peter reads the textbook's description of Merrye Syndrome the following text on the page is a random patchwork of unrelated paragraphs.See more »
Quotes:
Elizabeth:Spiders don't eat other spiders.
Virginia:Cannibal spiders do.
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Soundtrack:
Spider Baby ThemeSee more »

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was a Fantomas song based on this movie
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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Strange And Original "Cult-Classic", 23 January 2006
Author: EVOL666 from St. John's Abortion Clinic

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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