Saturday, February 18, 2017

Spider Baby (1967)



In a dilapidated  mansion, the last generation of the degenerate, inbred Merrye family lives with the inherited curse of a disease that causes them to mentally regress from the age of 10. The family chauffeur looks out for them and covers up their indiscretions. Trouble comes when greedy distant relatives and their lawyer arrive to dispossess the family of its home.


Director:

 Jack Hill


Stars:

 Lon Chaney Jr.Carol OhmartQuinn K. Redeker 

This movie held my interest from the very start. The opening credits have Lon Chaney Jr doing a voice over to the music, that's a hoot in itself. Chaney stars as a butler taking care of his deceased employer's children who suffer from a hereditary disease that leaves them intellectually childlike, but like to play and murder. Ralph is a mute with the mind of a child. His sister Virginia enjoys playing spider which involves killing people and the other sister Elizabeth, is just a mean girl. Spider Baby is inventive and original, a weird movie that must be seen to be believed. ★★★

 Lon Chaney Jr & cast

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