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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 siblings after their father's death. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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)
 
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Additional Details

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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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Finland:K-18 (2011) (DVD) (self applied) | Finland:K-14 (1996) (VHS) | New Zealand:PG | UK:15 | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Notorious plagiarist Lianne Spiderbaby took her writing pseudonym from the title of this film.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: As Virginia and Elizabeth run down the stairs from the second story of their house, the silhouette of a crew member can be seen walking around the room to the left of the staircase.See more »
Quotes:
Bruno, The Chauffeur:Just because something isn't good doesn't mean it's bad.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Lolita (1962)See more »
Soundtrack:
Spider Baby ThemeSee more »

FAQ

was a Fantomas song based on this movie
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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Apparently you either love this film or hate it. I happen to love it., 31 May 2001
Author: reptilicus from Vancouver, Canada

I am amazed at some of the earlier comments on this board concerning this picture. One wonders why the people who hate it with such a passion bothered to contribute to the comments at all? This film is an acquired taste to be sure but I happen to like movies of this sort.

Admittedly Lon Chaney did very few things in the 60's that could be called "memorable". THE HAUNTED PALACE and WITCHCRAFT are the only things that come to mind. (Let us forget about FACE OF THE SCREAMING WEREWOLF entirely and that story about Edward D. Wood directing the scene of Chaney climbing the outside of the building is probably hooey.)

Any movie that opens with Lon singing the title song (it was released as a .45 with Bobby Pickett's 'Monsters Holiday' on the "A" side)moves on to a cameo by Mantan Moreland who pops up long enough to get himself killed and which quickly segues to Chaney as surrogate patriarch to a totally insane family can't be all bad. The Merrye Family is definitely one that you would not want to live nextdoor to. I get the feeling Rhoda Penmark from THE BAD SEED would enjoy hanging around with the 2 sisters (Beverly Washburn and Jill Banner) and Ralph (Sid Haig) can cause shudders just by entering a room.

Is this movie a cult classic? Yes! Some people will not take to it right away (qv, some of the other comments on this board) but if you go into it expecting black comedy you will not be disappointed. Sure go ahead and rent this one. It may take more than one viewing but I think, if you keep an open mind, you might learn to like it.

PS: If you want to catch one of Beverly Washburn's earliest performances check out SUPERMAN AND THE MOLE MEN. She is the little girl whose home is visited by the creatures from beneath the Earth. If you want to see more of Jill Banner, start watching reruns of 'Dragnet'.

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