The credits dub this “the maddest story ever told”, a promise that’s well on the way to being fulfilled in the opening scene alone, when Virginia traps and kills a hapless deliveryman in her makeshift web. She’s one of three siblings who suffer from a unique genetic disorder that causes them to regress back to childhood, while retaining the physical strength and sexual maturity of adults.
Lon Chaney Jr. gave one of his most memorable late performances as Bruno, their guardian and protector, who has managed to cover up their crimes until two distant relatives lay claim to their house. When they insist on moving in, Bruno has to cross his fingers and hope that the ‘children’ behave towards their new guests…
This was the first solo feature by Jack Hill, whom Quentin Tarantino dubbed “the Howard Hawks of exploitation filmmaking”, and it remains one of his wildest and weirdest.
Reviews"A happy coincidence of fun and fright, guaranteed to entertain and amuse."
- Culture Court
"Spider Baby evokes an odd sense of nostalgia for a bygone era of movies... Arrow Video has done an excellent job with this disc."
"A near perfect blend of gothic horror and black humour, Spider Baby is certainly one of the weirdest flicks to come out of the post-Psycho early '60s."
- Terror Trap
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the main feature
Original 1.0 Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
High Definition transfer of the feature supervised and approved by director Jack Hill
English SDH subtitles for deaf and hearing impaired
Audio commentary featuring Jack Hill and star Sid Haig
Panel discussion from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences FILM-TO-FILM Festival, recorded September 2012, featuring Jack Hill and stars Quinn K. Redeker and Beverly Washburn
The Hatching of Spider Baby – Interviews with Jack Hill, Sid Haig, star Mary Mitchel, fan Joe Dante and more on the making of the film
Spider Stravinsky: The Cinema Sounds of Ronald Stein – The composer of The Terror and Attack of the 50 Foot Woman among others is remembered by Harlene Stein, Jack Hill, American Cinematheque’s Chris D. and others
The Merrye House Revisited – Jack Hill revisits the original house that was used as the main location in the film
Alternate opening title sequence
Gallery of behind-the-scenes images
The Host (1960) – Jack Hill’s early short film featuring Sid Haig in his first starring role [30 mins]
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
Collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by artist and writer Stephen R. Bissette, and an extensive article re-printed from FilmFax: The Magazine of Unusual Film and Television featuring interviews with the cast and crew, illustrated with original stills and artwork