The Horror Honeys: Revenge Honey Jam ~ 'Spider Baby'

Revenge Honey Jam ~ 'Spider Baby'

Screams and moans and bats and bones
Teenage monsters in haunted homes
The ghosts on the stair
The vampires bite
Better beware, there's a full moon tonight
Cannibal spiders creep and crawl
Boys and ghouls having a ball
Frankenstein, Dracula and even the Mummy
Are sure to end up in someone's tummy

While most little kids were out frolicking in the sun, playing hopscotch and footsketball and whatever else kids did, I was watching horror movies with my grandfather. Stephen King movies were our favorites, but we would often break our SK marathons to catch whatever horror classics were playing on TCM. One afternoon, we caught a showing of Jack Hill's Spider Baby: or The Maddest Story Ever Told... and that was it. I had discovered my new and forever favorite horror film. The movie, starring Lon Chaney Jr. in one of his last roles, and Sid Haig in one of his first, is a wonderful madcap concoction of horror, cannibalism, comedy, and the epitome of familial devotion. Spider Baby has remained the epitome of horror love for me; my home is full of paintings and posters from the film. But one of my favorite elements of this classic movie has always been the film's theme song, sung by Lon Chaney Jr. himself (with music and lyrics by Ronald Stein). It's mysterious, spooky, and even a little more ooky than the Addams Family theme. And that's saying a lot.

So if you don't yet know the theme song from Spider Baby, it's time you learned, spider babies! ~RH