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Spider Baby 1967

  • Bart Patton, Jack Hill
  • December 24, 1967
  • 81 mins
  • English
  • Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction
The most gruesome horror ever shown!
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.

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While the story is pretty crazy, the film's atmosphere is effectively eerie, thanks to lighting design & camera work, and the performances are good (especially Lon Cheney Jr.'s). For fans of '60s horror/suspense, this is a definite must-see.

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