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Spider Baby

Spider Baby

Spider Baby

1967 / 81min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JACK HILL

CAST: LON CHANEY JR., CAROL OHMART, QUINN K. REDEKER, BEVERLY WASHBURN

Introduced by Zach Clark on Sunday, December 10 at 7:30pm.

There’s more than a touch of southern-fried Gothic in this unclassifiable drive-in number by Hill, who finds an unsettling balance of farce and tragedy while reworking the classic “hereditary curse” tropes. Chauffeur Lon Chaney, Jr. attempts to cover up the cannibalistic indiscretions of his charges, the Merrye family, as distant relations try to sell their house out from under them.

Preserved by the Academy Film Archive.