Spider Baby; Liver Eaters, The; Cannibal Orgy

2765. SPIDER BABY (The Liver Eaters) (Cannibal Orgy) (1964-USA). With LON CHANEY, JR., MANTAN MORELAND. The Merrye Syndrome is a progressive age regression that begins in late childhood and continues steadily throughout the victim’s lifetime. It is believed that the syndrome sufferer even may regress “beyond the pre-natal level, reverting to a pre-human condition of savagery and cannibalism.” With this in mind, meet several members of the branch of the Merrye clan that has been most severely afflicted by the syndrome. First, there are the equally nubile and slow-wilted sisters Elizabeth and Virginia Merrye, They are joined by retard Ralph Merrye, who, obviously, is in the latter stages of the syndrome. All are looked after by Bruno, the chauffeur (played by horror film great Lon Chaney, Jr., who even gets to sing the film’s title song!). A telegram arrives informing Bruno that some of his charges’ long-lost relatives will be arriving momentarily to look over the family estate. Are these intruders coming to disrupt this happy household? Bruno fears that this is exactly the case. Suffice it to say that the plot of this deliriously clever tongue-in-cheek horror movie romp grows zanier and zanier as Bruno and the Merryes respond to this “crisis.” The film’s complete title is “Spider Baby, or The Maddest Story Ever Told.” As you will see, this is no exaggeration. A unique film, one of the best of this kind. Recommended. 81 minutes. Horror