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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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Seductive innocence of LOLITA See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cannibal Orgy, or The Maddest Story Ever Told 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 Smith Estate of Los Angeles, CA, was used for the exteriors of the Merrye house. The house still stands today. 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: 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 »

Connections

References Dracula (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Spider Baby Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Ronald Stein
Performed by Lon Chaney Jr.
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Bizarre, eerie, unique...
7 February 2000 | by PuckiSee all my reviews

I first stumbled on this movie via some clips on the "Switchblade Sisters" laserdisc and immediately put it on my "wanna-have"-list. And I sure wasn't disappointed when I watched the complete film (no two weeks later).

Jack Hill creates a weird story circling about the strange Meryee family which suffers from some strange disease, causing their members to degenerate into primitive pre-human lifeforms (or something like that), or as Lon Chaney puts it out "rotting of the brain". Chaney himself, of course, is - in a fine performance - the loyal caretaker who suddenly has to deal with the fact that some relatives are trying to get their hands on the family estate (and heritage).

Besides great cinematography (under the given budget) and the genuine storyline one has to admire the characters, making the viewer think of something like "Addams Family" on Crack.

Classic stuff, with some bits which really are memorable (e.g. Chaney's groan "It's going to be full moon tonight" when the nerd hero and his love interest are discussing horror films in general and "The Wolfman" in special). And, last but not least, there's always Sid Haig...

Rent it, buy it, see it, believe it.


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