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Spider Baby, or the Maddest Story Ever Told

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In Brief: Despite its full title, Spider Baby (1968) probably isn't the maddest story ever told, but it's in the running — at least as schlock exploitation film is concerned. Enjoyably trashy and occasionally downright amateurish, it's the fairly silly story of a house full of folks suffering from some inexplicable form of mental degeneration that turns them into homicidal maniacs. They're kept more or less in check by the old family retainer (Lon Chaney Jr. in a surprisingly touching performance) — at least till interlopers wanting the estate show up. You can kind of fill in the rest, but only kind of, since this is seriously demented. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on April 1, 2014.
Score:

Genre: Horror
Director: Jack Hill
Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Ohmart, Quinn K. Redeker, Beverly Washburn, Jill Banner, Sid Haig
Rated: NR

The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Spider Baby, or the Maddest Story Ever Told Thursday, Jan. 12, at 9:15 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas

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About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress since December 2000. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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