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There's no gore, at least nothing like what you commonly see in today's poor excuses for "horror movies". In fact, the "rat scene" from "Hideous Sun Demon" is probably more of a pure gross-out than anything on camera in this movie. But the *implied* violence is there, in spades. And folks, it's weird. Do NOT expect to sit there and yawn. It may have been done on a low budget, but all that means is that today's directors are wasting money. "Spider Baby"'s director, Jack Hill, did some work with Roger Corman before knocking this one off in a mere 12 days of shooting. The movie was lost in legal limbo for years, and that lack of exposure at a time when it could never have made it to television probably ensured it's future as a true "cult" film.
The print is excellent - no complaints at all.Read more ›
On the technical side, picture quality is fantastic - exceptionally clean and sharp with very little sign of wear and tear. The sound is single channel mono and is also very good. The film is presented in its original widescreen 1.66:1 ratio. This is a good size even if you don't own a widescreen set - the movie looked great on my standard size 1.33:1 TV. The DVD also features an interesting commentary by the film's writer and director Jack Hill. Jack has a very easy going style and gives lots of behind the scenes info on the movie, cast and crew. Spider verdict : a thoroughly enjoyable tongue-in-cheek horror that comes highly recommended.
Hill's script deals with an imaginary medical condition known as "Merrye's Syndrome", a "rotting of the brain" a disease so awful many authorities are in denial of its existance. The result of inbreeding, the sufferer experiences age regression, which is to say as the body grows, the mind gets younger. SPIDER BABY tells the story of "that fateful day ten years ago" that Merrye's Syndrome was wiped out forever.
Despite their name, the Merrye family are anything but and make the Addams family look like the Cleavers by comparison.
Horror legend Lon Chaney Jr has one of his best roles as Bruno Schlocker, the Merrye family's new chauffeur- though unknown to him the previous driver was "webbed" by Virginia Merrye (Jill Banner), one of their cute but deranged daughters. As if that wasn't enough the poor chap also had his ears hacked off with a pair of carving knives. What a lovely young lady. The other psychotic daughter is Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn) also cute, but suffering from radical brain rot. And last but not least is Ralph (Sid Haig) an unfortunate fellow who stalks and kills domestic cats, which the Merryes then roast and serve to their guests; who are told they're eating rabbit. Ironically, the Merrye family are all vegans because.... nope. No spoilers.
During dinner one of the guests asks Bruno: "Isn't Ralph a vegetarian too?" to which Bruno replies: "Yes, but Ralph's allowed to eat anything that he catches".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Goofy... But enjoyable... I can't help but feel it has a strong Adam's family vibe to it.... Except in a killer sort of way.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William S. Ott
As I stated in my review of Swinging Cheerleaders, Jack Hill is a very unique and special director. With only a handful of films to his name, he managed to work in many different... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Balducci Jr
I have always appreciated Spider Baby though admittedly it is not my favorite horror picture. It’s not the acting; I think everyone does a fantastic job and it isn’t the music... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James P Harris
Wow! How did I go this long without seeing this film?! SPIDER BABY is one of those weird cult classics that I had always heard about, but had never seen. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hayes C. Hudson
A copy of this title was provided for review purposes.
With so many movies being released year after year there are bound to be some that fall between the cracks when it... Read more
For as low budget and "old" as this movie is I have to say I LOVED it. An unusual plot but with some damn good acting. I give it 5 stars because there aren't six!Published 3 months ago by Bigguy60002
The packaging for this movie is absolutely stellar, the bonus features, and booklet inside are also a delightful surprise. Highly recommend!Published 4 months ago by jessica ybarra
I 'lost' this film in my memory banks - and after watching it a few minutes I recalled seeing it before but it was a long time ago so I watched it again recently and I have to say... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rainey Dawn
I first stumbled upon this movie on Turner Classic underground a few years ago, and I couldn't believe I'd never heard of it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by taramae79
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