Film / Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told
aka: Spider Baby
Spider Baby is a comedy horror film from the year 1968.

The film centers around the Merrye family, whose members are affected by the Merrye Syndrome, which causes them to regress into crazy and cannibalistic beings. Looking after them is family's chaffeur Bruno (Lon Chaney, Jr.).

Problems arise as new legal guardians are given to the family, and their overnight stay turns out to be very troublesome.

Examples in this film:

  • Black Dude Dies First: The postman is first one to go when he pokes his head through the house's window and Virginia kills him.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The dynamite used for building the new highway.
  • Knife Nut: Virginia, who likes playing "spider" with two knives in hand.
  • Lingerie Scene: Emily provides one, and Ralph peeps on her.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: The Merrye children's uncle and aunts are kept in the basement of the house.
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: After being chased and raped by Ralph, Emily becomes so sexually insatiable she starts to chase him.
  • Old Retainer: Bruno the family chauffeur acts as a surrogate father to Ralph, Elizabeth and Virginia.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Ralph. He is a man full-grown, but operates on the mental level of a very young child. Emily and Virginia also qualify to a lesser degree, being less regressed and in their teens.
  • Spiders Are Scary:
    • The Merrye house is filled with spiders.
    • Moreover, Virginia has two pet tarantulas named Winifred and Barney.