SPIDER BABY is a disturbing, funny, and wholly unique horror film that remained hidden in virtual obscurity until it made its way onto home video. The film opens with a man reading aloud from a psychology textbook. He informs the audience about Merrye's Syndrome, an extremely rare disease
that causes its adult victims to regress mentally to a preinfantile state--"a rotting of the brain, so to speak," as Chaney, Jr., later explains--causing violent behavior and cannibalism. In a watery flashback, we meet the principal victims of Merrye's Syndrome, the three children of the late
Titus W. Merrye. The three (two girls and one boy) live in a remote mansion and are cared...