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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
A faithful family servant (Lon Chaney) acts as caretaker for the crazed remnants of a dying family (Beverly Washburn, Jill Banner, and Sid Haig) until members of another branch of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Bonesteel
(Blu-ray review) The dark house Chas Addams x Lolita Seed comedic classic has never been more seductive; the brilliant moody black and white photography now glistens and glows in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by E. E. Kuersten
$25 for an in print movie older than my grandmother. New release of xmen is going for $20. price it between $20-15 and I'll consider it.Published 2 months ago by Foul Pet
I was curious to watch this only to see the house where it was filmed. I recently visited the actual location because of another movie also filmed there, called "The Silent... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jonathan White
You know how some movies are so bad it's funny? This is not one of those movies.Published 5 months ago by Brent Wilson
LOVE this film - one creepy, twisted classic cult film.
The DVD quality is fine - not superb but good (video and sound).
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