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Spider Baby (1967) Review

Spider Baby Review

by Yo Adrian on January 02nd, 2019 | | , , , ,

Spider Baby was directed by Jack Hill (who also directed Alien Terror and Isle of the Snake People) and stars Lon Chaney Jr. (from Witchcraft), Carol Ohmart (from House of Haunted Hill), Quinn K. Redeker and the horror legend Sid Haig (from many horrors including House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Night of the Living Dead 3D, Cynthia, Death House and A Dead Calling). It’s about 3 mentally ill orphaned siblings who are somewhat kept in check by their chauffeur and caretaker.

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Spider Baby Review

Spider Baby got no love back in ’67 when it was first released, although it has picked up a cult following over the years. It got on my radar only because it stars Sid Haig who I’ve always been a big fan of.

Spider Baby is one of the first, if not the first, backwoods killer hillbilly flicks. They’re not hillbillies per se, they’re actually a well to do family, but they do live in seclusion and have no qualms about killing. Even the patriarchal chauffeur appears to have little regard for anyone other than the 3 kids he watches over.

Overall a fun movie with a great cast and colorful characters. The horror aspects are tame, there’s no real suspense or violence and the only thing shocking is the concept (and only at first). But still a solid classic worth adding to your collection.

Worth Watching?

For fans of classic thrillers and for those that like to see the origins of popular horror genres, yes.


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