A remake of the classic horror movie Spider Baby has completed filming. Earlier this year, we reported that the remake was in the works with Dustin Ferguson (Arachnado, Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor) as director. Now Ferguson has confirmed via Horror Geek Life that the filming of the project has been completed. Also revealed will be the cast of the new film, which includes Ron Chaney – the grandson of Lon Chaney Jr., one of the stars of the original spider baby. Beverly Washburn, who was featured in the original film, is also featured in the remake.
Together with Ron Chaney (House of the Wolfman, Toolbox Murders 2) and Beverly Washburn (Old Yeller, Tales of Frankenstein), the remake stars Brinke Stevens (The Pajama Party Massacre, Behind the Gates of Hell), Robert Mukes (House of 1000 Corpses, I Think You Should Go with Tim Robinson), Peter Stickles (Showgirls 2: Pennies from Heaven, Shortbus), Traci Burr (Doll Killer 3, Hell of the Screaming Undead), Jennifer Moriarty (Haunted by the Stokes River, Behind the Gates of Hell) and Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Closet Monster).
“We’ve reached an exciting milestone with the completion of the Spider Baby remake, and I couldn’t be more excited to have worked with an extraordinary ensemble of genre stars like Robert Mukes, Beverly Washburn, Brinke Stevens and Ron Chaney,” Ferguson said in a statement. “Her immense talent and dedication have breathed new life into this iconic story and filled it with a fresh and captivating energy. I can’t wait for the audience to experience the scary world we created at the premiere of Spider Baby.”
Jack Hill, who wrote and directed the original Spider Baby, is on board as executive producer for the remake. Erik Anthony Russo served as the cinematographer, while Jeff Burr served as the creative consultant.
Spider baby is being reinvented
Written and directed by Jack Hill and produced by the team of Paul Monka and Gil Lasky, the original film was officially titled Spider Baby: or, the Craziest Story Ever Told, although it is usually referred to simply as Spider Baby. The film was released in 1967, and although it was not a huge success at the box office, it is one of those films that have built a strong cult following in the decades since its release, perhaps more popular than ever. Perhaps that’s why Dustin Ferguson decided to pursue a remake of the classic.
Lon Chaney Jr. played the main role in Spider Baby as the caretaker of three siblings who suffer from a genetic disease that causes them to regress physically and mentally with age. The film also featured horror icon Sid Haig in one of his previous roles, decades before he achieved greater fame in the horror genre with his role as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombi’s films. Spider Baby also starred Jill Banner, Carol Omhart, Quinn Redeker, Beverly Washburn, Mary Mitchel, Karl Schanzer and Mantan Moreland.