In the past, I have always approached Jack Hill's movies with a little bit of excitement, a little bit of curiousity, and a little bit of trepidation, as I do with any cult movie. Let's face it, cult is a genre which is truly hit or miss - some of the movies are amazing, and others are, well, downright horrible.
As always, Jack Hill delivers. 'Foxy Brown' was above expectations. 'Switchblade Sisters' truly blew me away. And 'Spider Baby...' I could have never expected what I ended up with. This movie was awesome! The directing is top-notch. The shots, the camera work, the acting are all exactly as they should be in a piece of this genre (the horror/bizarre thriller type). The story, too, is a wonderful one, and the writing adds all the necessary touches to make this a great piece of work. There are many cult-classics out there that have earned their place because of their incessant weirdness, their ultra low-budget feel, or their niche appeal. 'Spider Baby' has earned its place because it is, quite simply, a damn good movie - well-made, well-written, interesting, and unique. All the people I have showed this film to loved it, whether they were cult fans or not. I would recommend this movie to absolutely everyone.
(Alas, I have not seen the DVD version and cannot comment on it. The VHS is perfectly wonderful, however.)