Spider Baby | reviewed by: William O'Donnell | June 12, 2015
entertainment value
Sometimes unnerving comedy, sometime goofy horror. Not exactly one genre. Worth it for Lon Chaney singing the opening theme alone! #arrow
genre Horror
synopsis The story follows a family of inbreeds that have been afflicted by a genetic disorder known as 'Merrye syndrome', named after the family in which the disorder developed. This malady causes it's victims to enter a state of age regression that starts at the age of ten and continues throughout the remainder of the person's life, rendering them with the intelligence of a child. The final generation of the family has been entrusted to the care of the family chauffeur (Lon Chaney Jnr), and all is well for these odd people until a greedy branch of the family decides that they want to relieve the family of it's home. Mental illness has always, and will always be, a fascinating subject for horror movies as it probes into the unknown and Spider Baby makes best use of that fact.
lead actors Lon Chaney | Jr. | Carol Ohmart | Quinn K. Redeker | Beverly Washburn | Jill Banner | Sid Haig | Mary Mitchel | Karl Schanzer | Mantan Moreland
director Jack Hill | Bart Patton