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Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told (1967)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 24 December 1967 (USA)
A caretaker devotes himself to three demented siblings after their father's death.

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Jack Hill

Writer:

Jack Hill
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Bruno (as Lon Chaney)
Carol Ohmart ... Emily
Quinn K. Redeker ... Peter (as Quinn Redeker)
Beverly Washburn ... Elizabeth
Jill Banner ... Virginia
Sid Haig ... Ralph
Mary Mitchel ... Ann
Karl Schanzer ... Schlocker
Mantan Moreland ... Messenger
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Storyline

In a dilapidated rural mansion, the last generation of the degenerate, inbred Merrye family lives with the inherited curse of a disease that causes them to mentally regress from the age of 10 or so on as they physically develop. The family chauffeur looks out for them and covers up their indiscretions. Trouble comes when greedy distant relatives and their lawyer arrive to dispossess the family of its home. Written by D.A. Kellough <dkelloug@infinet.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spider Baby See more »

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Budget:

$65,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Lasky-Monka See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was adapted as a stage musical in 2004. See more »

Goofs

As Virginia climbs onto Peter's lap and the camera pushes in on them, the shadow of a boom mic drops down the wall. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth: What's it gonna do, Bruno?
Bruno, The Chauffeur: Well, it's gonna it's gonna make a big flash and go bang!
Virginia: Oh boy!
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Crazy Credits

As the film ends, "THE END" appears on the screen, then suddenly changes to "THE END ?". See more »

Alternate Versions

2007 Director's Cut runs 84 minutes and includes one extended scene in which Bruno reveals more about the Merrye family and Schlocker reveals his intentions for the Merrye estate. See more »

Connections

References Black Widow (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Spider Baby Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Ronald Stein
Performed by Lon Chaney Jr.
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User Reviews

Wonderfully creepy and mad!
11 September 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Spider Baby' is a wonderfully inventive and original b-grade movie full of mad fun. Writer/director Jack Hill began as a Roger Corman protege, co-writing 'The Terror' and also working on Coppola's underrated 'Dementia 13', before striking out on his own with 'Spider Baby', a movie which became embroiled in a legal dispute and took four years to get released. Hill went on to direct Pam Grier movies and the trash classic 'Switchblade Sisters' in the Seventies, but it's arguable whether he ever surpassed this cult favourite. Horror legend Lon Chaney, Jr stars with a very thoughtful performance(!), and 'Dementia 13's Mary Mitchel and Karl Schanzer, and 'The House On Haunted Hill's Carol Ohmart are among the supporting cast, but the real stars are newcomers Jill Banner as the bewitching Virginia, and the remarkable Sid Haig as the unforgettable Ralph. Banner went on to appear in the dazzling 'The President's Analyst' before her untimely death, while Haig's ongoing career included several movies with Jack Hill, including blaxsploitation classic 'Coffy', and Lucas' 'THX 1138'. 'Spider Baby' is a brilliant example of what can be achieved on a small budget with some originality and willingness to take risks.


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