A remake of Jack Hill’s Spider Baby (or The Maddest Story Ever Told) has been kicked around for years. I heard about the rumors in my Dread Central days in the mid-2000s. However, we learned today that it is happening.
Dustin Ferguson, whose directorial credits include 100+ low-budget horror flicks, has finished directing the remake. According to a press release we received this week, principal photography wrapped in Los Angeles.
The 1967 original, starring Lon Chaney, Jr. and featuring Sid Haig (Captain Spalding), focused on a family of murderous mentally ill children, their caretaker, and some sinister relatives looking to cash in on the family’s estate.
According to the press release, the plot is still the same, but now the cast will be comprised of a returning star and new additions: Beverly Washburn, Brinke Stevens, Robert Mukes, Ron Chaney, Peter Stickles, Traci Burr, Jennifer Moriarty, and Vida Ghaffari.
Thankfully, Jack Hill is acting as Spider Baby’s executive producer. So, I have some faith that this thing could be as fun as the original.
Dustin Ferguson had the following to say regarding the film, “We’ve reached an exhilarating milestone with the completion of the ‘Spider Baby’ remake, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have worked with an extraordinary ensemble of genre stars such as Robert Mukes, Beverly Washburn, Brinke Stevens, and Ron Chaney. Their immense talent and commitment have breathed new life into this iconic story, infusing it with a fresh and captivating energy. I can hardly wait for audiences to experience the chilling world we’ve created when ‘Spider Baby’ premieres.”
My only genuine concern is the music. Will Spider Baby have a new take on the iconic theme song?
Spider Baby’s story was pretty simple. Chaney’s sympathetic character and the overall wackiness of the Merrye children kept the whole thing together. It will be interesting to see what becomes of this.[Source: The Write Way]
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