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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 siblings 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
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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)

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Trivia:
Directorial debut of Jack Hill.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:
Schlocker:This has gone well beyond the boundaries of prudence and good taste.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Spidarlings (2016)See more »
Soundtrack:
Spider Baby ThemeSee more »

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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