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Jack Hill (written by)
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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

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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 
 
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 believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Spider Baby" - USA (short 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:
Interior sets were erected on a soundstage in Glendale, CA. The same walls were moved and redressed to create the various rooms in the Merrye home.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:
Elizabeth:Spiders don't eat other spiders.
Virginia:Cannibal spiders do.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)See more »
Soundtrack:
Spider Baby ThemeSee more »

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was a Fantomas song based on this movie
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7 out of 9 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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