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Screenshot Saturday: Jack Hill’s Spider Baby (1968)

Although Lon Chaney Jr. and Sid Haig headlined cult classic Spider Baby, it was the crazy baby-eyes of the Merrye daughters– Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn) and Virginia (Jill Banner)– that are entirely unforgettable. The girls are part of a family of freaks suffering a genetic disorder that regresses them to a state of, “pre-human savagery and cannibalism”, and their nosy relatives are wise to keep away.

Shot in only seven days, Spider Baby is a masterful, quirky horror flick about the stranger relationships in life, replete with a fully-formed cast of oddballs. Haig does not disappoint as animalistic Ralph, more a beloved pet than a brother, and exhausted caretaker Bruno (Chaney) has a real love for the doomed, murderous family. Hilarious, addictive and oh-so wrong, Spider Baby represents the best of ultra low-budget drive-in fare.

And remember, spiders aren’t supposed to eat other spiders– but cannibal spiders do.

Spider Baby (1968)

By Britta R. Moline  7/16/2011

For more old horror Screenshot Saturday:
Screenshot Saturday: John S. Robertson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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