Spider Baby (1968)

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“Spider Baby” is a 1968 horror-comedy film directed by Jack Hill and starring Lon Chaney Jr., Sid Haig, and Jill Banner.

The film follows the story of the Merrye family, a wealthy family that suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes them to regress mentally and physically as they age. The three surviving siblings, Virginia (Jill Banner), Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn), and Ralph (Sid Haig), are cared for by their loyal and eccentric chauffeur, Bruno (Lon Chaney Jr.).

When distant relatives arrive at the family’s decrepit mansion to claim their inheritance, they become the prey of the Merrye siblings, who have developed a taste for human flesh. The film follows the siblings’ descent into madness as they plot their next meal, while Bruno desperately tries to keep them under control and protect them from the outside world.

“Spider Baby” is a darkly comedic and unsettling film, with strong performances from the cast and a memorable score by composer Ronald Stein. The film’s twisted sense of humor and bizarre characters have made it a cult classic among horror fans.

Jack Hill

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