Jack Hill’s Spider Baby (1964) was also called “The Maddest Story Ever Told,” which is just about right. It’s an experience unlike any other, a genuinely creepy, spooky horror comedy about a family with a regressive disease; the older each person gets, the more monstrous they become. Lon Chaney Jr. gives a surprisingly touching performance as the family chauffeur who takes care of the youngest ones. (He also sings the theme song.)
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