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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.

Director:

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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So shocking it will --- sliver your liver! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Jack Hill accompanied actress Carol Ohmart on a trip to Frederick's of Hollywood, where she personally picked out the sexy wardrobe she dons in the latter half of the film. See more »

Goofs

As Virginia and Elizabeth run down the stairs from the second story of their house, the silhouette of a crew member can be seen walking around the room to the left of the staircase. See more »

Quotes

Bruno, The Chauffeur: Just because something isn't good doesn't mean it's bad.
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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

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

 
Addams Family visits the Bates Motel!
14 July 2004 | by shepardjessicaSee all my reviews

This creepy, little film is a minor masterpiece! I can't believe I never caught this one back in the 60's. Lon Chaney, Jr. gives a heartfelt performance as old Bruno and the rest of the cast is splendid. Especially Jill Banner as Virginia. What a strange story to be filmed. A 7 out of 10. Best performance = Lon Chaney, Jr. with Jill Banner a close second.

I'm no Jack Hill expert, but it sounds like he's made some interesting films in the 60's and 70's. I've never seen quite this combination of creepiness and black humor with stunning b/w cinematography. Track this one down for sure. The other two "kids" are marvelous as well. You don't have to like OR hate spiders to enjoy this flick (made in 12 days).


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spider Baby See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lasky-Monka See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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