Fun with GIFs: Spider Baby, or the Maddest Story Ever Told

Jack Hill’s 1968 film Spider Baby is one of my favourite films of all time! I’ve been dying to make a GIF set for this film. I made a huge step forward in my GIF making this weekend and finally figured out how to convert JPEGs/PNGs to GIFs more cleanly! This is just part one for this GIF set which focuses on the ladies of Spider Baby; Elizabeth and Virginia Merrye and Emily Howe. Elizabeth and Virginia have a million priceless moments; every single second they are on the screen is a priceless moment. It was tough choosing just a handful. Beverly Washburn and Jill Banner are perfect beyond perfection as Elizabeth and Virginia! And what can I say about lovely Carol Ohmart who plays the bitchy Emily Howe? First, I could say I wished I had been able to collect more usable images to make a gif that was befitting her awesomeness. Alas, only two were usable and they really don’t do justice to her brilliance. Watch for part 2 next week. To read my review of Spider Baby; or the Maddest Story Ever Told click here.


The opening credits for Spider Baby, or the Maddest Story Ever Told.


“I smell a bug.”
“A big black juicy…”


“Ladies and gentlemen, dinner is served.”


“I don’t know what you people are up to here but I’m going to have to call the authorities. Now there are laws. Criminal laws…”
“Kill him!”


“They’re coming, what’ll we do?”
“We’ll have to make a plan.”


“Good Evening Uncle Peter.”
“Is Mr. Bruno about?”
“No. No, he’s away.”
“Won’t you come in?”
“Yes, please do come in.”


“Ralph? Ooooooooh, Ralph?”



The Girls

Jill Banner as Virginia Merrye and Beverly Washburn as Elizabeth Merrye.

9 Responses to “Fun with GIFs: Spider Baby, or the Maddest Story Ever Told”

  1. It’s so funny. Spider Baby is one of my favs too. It’s so unique it’s hard to even describe what sort of film it is. But the characters are so lovable and queer that it’s endearing, even at it’s creepiest. What a great way to depart from all the Castlethoning and delight us with some memorable gifs. They made me smile – I love Beverly Washburn and well Olhmart is just divine…

    • goregirl Says:

      I don’t own a lot of films believe it or not. I did back in the VHS days but I never replaced what I had. I never could! My collection was pretty massive. This is one of the few films I felt compelled to own. I had a pretty crummy copy and recently replaced it with The Director’s Cut. It is prettier and more awesome than ever! One of Lon Chaney’s best late roles, and one of my favourite’s of his period. He is such an likable, endearing character in SB. The girls and of course Sid Haig are far too much fun. And Carol Ohmart…what a bitch! And how wonderful it is when she snaps! Mantan Moreland as the post man…even the little weaselly lawyer is a crack up. Redeker and Mitchel too. Oh hell, I just love every single last thing in Spider Baby! My only complaint is it is too short 🙂

    • goregirl Says:

      I got carried away talking about Spider Baby-ha! I’m glad my GIFs gave you smile!

  2. conradw58 Says:

    A lot of movie review tomes give this movie one star or a low rating,etc. I mean,come on,this is a GREAT movie! I too love Jill Banner and Beverly Washburn. Sid Haig and Lon Chaney are priceless as well. I don’t think there’s one false note in the cast,and Lon even sings the theme song! One of Jack Hill’s best films. Very cool GIF’s! You will always get a gazillion stars times infinity from me,Goregirl!

    • goregirl Says:

      Merci Sir! Who could ever EVER dislike Spider Baby?! I watch this movie at least 3 times a year. I think it is a perfect film. I wish it was longer! Everyone is perfectly cast…and I love Lon Chaney in this so much and his wonderful theme song! It’s creepy, touching, funny, odd, beautiful….just totally one of a kind!

  3. Fun fact: I met Quinn Redeker’s sister at a poker table, or so she claimed.

  4. […] did not know about! This is the sequel to my first set of GIFs posted last week which focused on the ladies of Spider Baby. This week’s GIF set focuses on the men of Spider Baby. Oh yeah, and there is also an owl. I […]

  5. […] added coverage, see GoreGirls’s review as well as her two pages of GIFs (here and here) from the movie. For even more detail on the history of the film, check out […]

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