“Ah, if only all directors could start out their careers this way! Though superficially similar to some of Charles Addams' drawings, SPIDER BABY truly resembles nothing else in film.” -- Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital
“Somewhere between the Addams Family and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE sits SPIDER BABY, the ‘60s cult masterpiece by Jack Hill (PIT STOP, THE SWINGING CHEERLEADERS). Starring a flop-sweated Lon Chaney Jr and a shockingly fresh-faced Sid Haig (HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES), this drive-in era freakout concerns an inbred family of adults who have a disease that causes them to mentally regress into murderous, cannibalistic children. When greedy relatives arrive to dispossess them of their home -- well, let's just say things do not go well for the greedy relatives.
Shocking and grisly for the time, SPIDER BABY is that rare gem that remains largely undiscovered while still having a huge influence on the horror genre going forward, from the aforementioned CHAINSAW to THE HILLS HAVE EYES to more recent favorites like MARTYRS and WE ARE WHAT WE ARE. But most of all, it's just a crazy good time.” (Sebastian O’Brien, Friday Night Frights)