Pop Culture Beast’s Halloween Horror Picks #6 – Spider Baby (1968)

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spiderposterIn this episode of Pop Culture Beast’s Halloween Horror Picks, I talk about Jack Hill’s first feature and my all-time favorite horror/comedy: Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1968).

This fantastic cult classic was written and directed by Jack Hill, and stars Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Ohmart, Quinn Redeker, Beverly Washburn, Jill Banner, Sid Haig, Mary Mitchel, Karl Schanzer, and Mantan Moreland.

A degenerative syndrome is turning the children of the Merrye House into primitive cannibals, even as the affable caretaker Bruno (Lon Chaney Jr.) attempts to hold things together. When a greedy Merrye heir drops in (lawyer, brother and secretary in tow) to grab hold of the property, things spiral quickly into comic murder and madness!

Thanks in large part to the perfect ensemble cast and Jack Hill’s imaginative script and direction, Spider Baby succeeds where other horror/comedies fail: It’s both funny AND scary! If you haven’t yet seen it, pop on a copy this Halloween. You won’t be at all disappointed!  Highly recommended, I rate this a solid 9/10.

We’re running a few days behind so Episode 7 will upload tomorrow. Then look for new episodes of Pop Culture Beast’s Halloween Horror Picks every Monday and Thursday from now until Halloween. And be sure to check out the other episodes in the series:

Episode #1 – Shivers (1975)
Episode #2 – Strange Behavior (1981)
Episode #3 – The Killer Shrews (1959)
Episode #4 – The Antichrist (1974)
Episode #5 – Don’t Panic (1988)
Episode #7 – Targets (1968)
Episode #8 – Feast (2005)
Episode #9 – The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Episode #10 – Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Please also take a minute to support my own horror movie: Eggs – A Horror Movie starring Lynn Lowry (Shivers, The Crazies, Cat People, etc.) and Duane Whitaker (Pulp Fiction, Feast, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween 2, etc.), now funding on Kickstarter! As always, there’s a contest at the end of the video: Be the first person to make a pledge and leave a comment on Kickstarter with the correct answer to get a bonus prize added to your reward.



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