Spider Baby (1968)
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Critic Reviews for Spider Baby
This hilarious haunted house schlocker opens the doors on America's demented, diseased history of horror, before burying it beneath the foundations of the genre's next golden age.
Jack Hill's uncategorisable cult nasty is part Old Dark House/Addams Family black comedy, part Texas Chainsaw Massacre, before the whole thing winds up somewhere in Eraserhead territory.
Mere words cannot properly convey the uniqueness of this film, which should be sought out and seen by all with an interest in the genre.
Though hampered by bad distribution deals and multiple title changes, word of mouth helped Spider Baby to connect with fans of schlock cinema.
Audience Reviews for Spider Baby
this is in the public domain so there's no excuse not to watch it!! totally the inspiration for 'texas chainsaw massacre' and other hillbilly horrors. yes it's very low budget and the acting and effects are pretty weak but there's a bizarre black comedy atmosphere about the film that really sucks u in. go watch it right now. happy halloween!!
A pretty bizarre B-Movie. Black & White we open up with a little 1960'ties Black Comedy. The postman goes to what is rumored to be a haunted mansion, After the initial opening it turns real has into B- Suspense/ Horror. As the post man sticks his head in the window to see what that noise was, he is slashed by the young daughter of Lon Chaney Jr. A young couple come to adopt the two girls and the fun begins. This is just a B-Movie Cult Classic, though I often wonder what a film has to do to become a cult Classic. I can only squeeze out a 2 star rating on this one.
Think "Baby Doll" meets "Baby Jane". Director Jack Hill is to Lon Chaney Jr what Ed Wood was to Bella Lugosi. Only Hill did it with a lot more style. If you love horror films (cheesy or otherwise), this should be right up your alley. And you can't help but notice just how much this "cult classic" influenced many of the more successful horror directors of our time. And although the story and the special effects are a little weak...the acting and some of the cinematography are remarkably good.
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