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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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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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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 (unrated) | Finland:K-14 (video premiere) | New Zealand:PG | UK:15 | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
During the filming of "Spider Baby" (originally titled "Cannibal Orgy"), director Jack Hill wrote a treatment for a sequel called "Vampire Orgy," which followed Peter and Ann on their honeymoon.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Peter says, "This is thing isn't dressed," he has carving utensils in the dinner entrée. In the following shot no utensils are visible when Ralph grabs the meat.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 »

FAQ

was a Fantomas song based on this movie
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Memorable, original, and unique, 29 September 2007
Author: ametaphysicalshark from prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com

"Spider Baby" is weird. It's demented. It's insane, and it's easily one of the creepiest movies you'll ever come across. Here's one movie that never comes up in discussions of low budget horror films, but really should. There are virtually no effects, few 'boo' moments, instead relying on classic methods like an intimidating house, creepy shadows etc.

The movie has a simple plot: a couple of distant relatives and their lawyer arrive at a spooky old house with a bad reputation to take control of the estate only to find three teens with 'Merrye' syndrome, a bizarre disease named after the family caused by generations of inbreeding. When the caretaker loses control of the three siblings horrific and hilarious results follow. The buildup is excellent, including the highlight of the film, a hysterical and very creepy dinner scene with several unorthodox menu choices.

The characters are memorable. Lon Chaney Jr. is great as usual in the role of the dangerous children's caretaker, but Sid Haig easily steals the show with a bizarre performance as the spider-like and mentally disturbed Ralph, who does a lot of fun stuff over the course of this movie, like passing off cat as rabbit. The ending shot is quite excellent as well.

All in all this is pretty much the definition of cult classic. It's fun and creepy and hysterical and though it has a following it hasn't suffered from overexposure. No, it's not the best film ever made on a technical or narrative level, but it's wicked fun and it's very, very unique. Enjoy!

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