Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told (1968)

35mm film, black and white, 1.66:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Jack Hill. It was originally released on 18 January 1968.

Plot Summary

In a run-down mansion the inbred Merrye family live with a terrible curse that causes them to behave like children. They are cared for by the family chauffeur but their lives are turned upside down when greedy relatives arrive to sell off the house.


Director: Jack Hill
Lasky-Monka Productions
Producers: Paul Monka, Gil Lasky
Associate Producers: Alan Riseman, Marvin Levine
Production Supervisor: Bart Patton
Screenplay: Jack Hill
Assistant Director: Bart Patton
Director of Photography: Alfred Taylor
Music: Ronald Stein
Sound: Lee Strosnider, John Broadrick
Wardrobe: Joan Keller
Title Design: EIP
Art Director: Ray Story
Assistant Art Director: Mike McCluskey
Studio: The Alpha-Omega Studio

Lon Chaney Jr (Bruno)
Carol Ohmart (Emily)
Quinn Redeker (Peter)
Beverly Washburn (Elizabeth)
Jill Banner (Virginia)
Sid Haig (Ralph)
Mary Mitchell (Ann Morris)
Karl Schanzer (Schlocker)
Mantan Moreland (messenger)
Carolyn Cooper ([aunt])

Alternative Titles

Attack of the Liver Eaters
Cannibal Orgy, or The Maddest Story Ever Told
– working title
Jack Hill's Spider Baby – Australia
The Liver Eaters – alternative title
Mainiot maksansyöjät – Finland (television)
Spider Baby – alternative, German
Spider baby – Finland (video), Italy


Extracts included in
Horrible Horror (1986)



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