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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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$65,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Lasky-Monka See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Sid Haig admitted to avoiding Lon Chaney Jr. for the first two days of filming, simply because he wasn't sure what to say to the veteran actor. One day Chaney was needed for and Haig was sent to Chaney's trailer to retrieve him. Haig nervously knocked on the door and said, "Excuse me, Mr. Chaney. You're needed on set." Chaney told Haig, without skipping a beat, "Stop that. I'm not Mr. Chaney. I'm Lon. You're Sid. Let's leave it at that." Haig later said that this interaction put him completely at ease. See more »

Goofs

Shortly after Peter and Emily Howe arrive at the mansion, a cast member and camera are reflected in the car window as Peter rolls up the side window of the convertible. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth: Spiders don't eat other spiders.
Virginia: Cannibal spiders do.
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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

A special home video version, released by Video Treasures in 1994, features a remastered print of the film (all previous versions being of very dubious quality). This version is also widescreened and features footage (after the film) of a cast/crew reunion at a midnight showing of the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Spider Baby Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Ronald Stein
Performed by Lon Chaney Jr.
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A funny, unashamedly crazy little movie
16 June 1999 | by jim-251See all my reviews

If you're looking for slick, look elsewhere. SPIDER BABY is a uniquely off-kilter movie that has no pretensions to being anything other than a very twisted horror comedy. It parodies movies in general, the horror genre, and itself with equal facility. There has certainly never been another film like it. This story of the revealing of all the skeletons in the closets of the Merrye House unites Lon Chaney Jr. (in the best performance of his career), Mantan Moreland, Carol "House on Haunted Hill" Ohmart, Beverly Washburn, Sid Haig, Mary "Dementia 13" Michel, Jill Banner (17 years old when she made the film!) and others in a loony stew of murder, madness and hilarious mayhem.


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