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Monday, February 23, 2009

Freak of the Week: Spider Baby and Madly Homoerotic Wolf

Spider Baby, or the Maddest Story Ever Told
a.k.a. Spider Baby/Cannibal Orgy, or the Maddest Story Ever Told/The Liver Eaters (1964/1968) (it took four years to get released)
The house-full-of-crazies movie is among the most heavily trodden plots of territory in the horror genre, having first been explored at least as early as the mid-1920’s. In few such films have the crazies ever been crazier than those in Spider Baby, or the Maddest Story Ever Told, however; not since The Corpse Vanishes had the world seen anything truly comparable. It’s only to be expected that this movie would be something special, of course, for writer/director Jack Hill would go on to an illustrious (if all too brief) career in exploitation cinema. Spider Baby was something of a false start for Hill, as the producers’ money troubles would cause it to languish unseen for a good four years, but have it right now. BTW: Ever wonder where Rob Zombie "borrowed" House of a Thousand Corpses From? Now you'll know.

But first off a couple of odd ball Czech cartoons from the turn of the century:

And now... SPIDER BABY (1964/1968)

Super Secret Freak film bonus, titled (All names and the tittle are in anagram form) Madly Homoerotic Wolf

It is a a 1982 comedy film compiling clips from various B movies. Written by Salad Neon and directed by (all last names are anagrams) Lam Cool Elm and Warden Slot, the film features wraparound segments and narration by several famous comedians, including Yard Yak Don, Cad Johnny, Dear Dan Girl, and Can Conch He'd He. Sections of Madly homoerotic wolf focus on gorilla pictures, anti-marijuana films and the works of Edward D. Wood, Jr. If you are between 30 and 50, love funky old monster films than this is the one for you. It's not only about bad movies, it is a bad movie itself. Bad in an unintentionally, which should have been intentionally funny way. Simply the best.

Next week the classic Vincent Price Film, The Last Man on Earth, a 1964 Italian horror/science fiction film based upon the Richard Matheson novel I Am Legend. The film was directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, and starred Vincent Price.

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