Sunday, December 12, 2010

Spider Baby (1968)

SPIDER BABY tells the strange and twisted tale of the Merrye children, each of whom suffer from a debilitating disease that slowly causes them to revert into pre-human savages with a taste for human blood! The children receive an unexpected visit from their aunt and uncle, a pair who intend to remove them from the care of their father's servant with the help of their conniving lawyer, but the children have other plans for their unwelcome visitors... Jack Hill's highly-influential cult classic is light in mood and dark in humor, making it a perfect blend of comedy and terror. SPIDER BABY offers one of the last great performances by Lon Chaney Jr. as the children's kooky caretaker Bruno, whose loyalty and dedication to the children lies just on the brink of madness. As the title suggests, Elizabeth, Ralph, and Virginia have reverted back into a feral state, where they hunt and kill their prey like spiders using nets and knives. The children, played by a young Sid Haig, Beverly Washburn, and Jill Banner, are as sweet and endearing as they are utterly insane. They look devilishly deranged with their wild-eyed expressions as they gleefully butcher their house guests. SPIDER BABY is as unique and edgy now as it was upon release, and it is a refreshing change of pace from the average Horror film.

Rating: 9/10.

If you liked SPIDER BABY, check out:
FREAKS, THE OFFSPRING, DEVIL TIMES FIVE.

7 comments:

  1. I love this one! The first time I watched, I was a bit confused. But now I love it! Just wonderful stuff, and Chaney is great!

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  2. Same here, but I have seen it three times now in the last year and love it! This is another film that is sure to continue growing in popularity over the years. So dark!

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  3. Carol Ohmart was hot. After watching this back in September, I find myself thinking about it. Points for being original, definately. Maybe I'll watch it again.

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  4. awesome! i love that sid haig is still lurking around...

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  5. This is definitely one of my favorite movies. Sid Haig will never top it again. Lon Chaney, Jr.'s theme song is FANTASTIC.

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  6. Fred I was the same way, much to the same extend as I had been with Suspiria and The Wicker Man. Spider Baby is in a league unto itself, and yes, Sid Haig is teh awesome in it!

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  7. Great flick right here. The progenitor for all the TEXAS CHAINSAW style 'crazy family in the woods' movies in my view.

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