Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween Day: The Creepiest Picture in the World

Halloween Day: The Last of those Damn Kids

Well it’s here and these Halloween posts are soon over. These old kid shots get me for some reason, so here are the final bunch. Confusing, creepy, weird – perfect.


*note: Colonel Sanders in a sun dress

*note: Killer Clown in background

Halloween: Those Damn Adults – Vol. 1




Child Killer?

Mosquito on a bike

The Residents, early years ?

Husband and Wife

2 Babies, a Cop, a Dork and a Racist

Undersea Diver & Wife?

Satan’s Archer

Airplane Dancer

Skeleton on a Bike

Michelin Men?

Evil Unicorn


2 Witches & a Ghost


Halloween: Those Damn Kids Vol. 3 – Cute-ish

We’ll be getting back to design in a few days but right now it’s still Halloween. So . . . here are some more costumed kids. This time a little less creepy and more on the cute side – I guess (The clown is still messed up).

Fox and Hound



Popeye, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse & . . . hey wait a minute!

The masks don’t match the costumes

John Lennon

Lambchop, Spider Man, Raggedy Ann & a couple of Storm Troopers

Something, Satan & Wendy the Witch

Kurt, Kent & Jim

Awful Clown



The Devil & Frankenstein

Wonder Women, Witch & ‘Space Robot’

2 Demons

Hipster, Gilligan, Asian Girl, Opie Taylor, Rabbit, & Doll Bride – (All are guesses, except the rabbit)

Halloween: Film – Spider Baby

Spider Baby or The Maddest Story Ever Told – aka The Liver Eaters, Attack of the Liver Eaters, Cannibal Orgy -1964, Directed by Jack Hill. Spider Baby was shot between August and September 1964. However, due to original producer’s bankruptcy, the film was not released until January 18, 1968. Spider Baby suffered from poor marketing as well as a series of title changes that had nothing to do with the film.

Here’s the plot according to the good folks at Wikipedia:

Three children of the Merrye family live in a decaying rural mansion with their guardian Bruno (Lon Chaney, Jr.). The children suffer from “Merrye Syndrome”, a genetic affliction unique to members of their family, which causes them to mentally, socially, and physically regress into childhood. Two distant relatives arrive with their lawyer and his secretary in order to examine and claim the property as rightful heirs. Bruno’s shaky control over the children deteriorates; murder, chaos, and insanity ensue.

The siblings, Ralph (Sid Haig), Virginia (Jill Banner), and Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn), are inbred, demented and dangerous. The ‘overgrown children’ exhibit playful innocence mixed with brutality and feral madness. Virginia is known as “Spider Baby” because of her obsession with spiders. She stalks and eats bugs, moving with a strange and spider-like grace. She also enjoys trapping unsuspecting victims in her rope “web,” “stinging” them to death using two butcher knives. After murdering an innocent delivery man (Mantan Moreland), Virginia cuts off one of his ears, which she keeps in a box.

Spider Baby’s brother, Ralph, is a sexually advanced but mentally deficient simpleton who moves through the house via a dumb waiter. Unable to speak, Ralph communicates with only grunts and leers. He becomes sexually aroused with the arrival of the two visiting women.

I won’t give away the rest of the story, you’ll have to watch it for yourself. It’s silly, creepy, not really scary but pretty great. It’s good to see the fabulous Sid Haig (House of a 1000 corpses, Devil’s Rejects, etc.) in an early role. It is kind of tough though seeing Lon Chaney Jr. in one of his final roles, drunk and bloated, (but he does sing the ridiculous title song pretty well). It was scheduled for a remake in 2008 but funding fell through – as you might expect.

Spider Baby (Jill Banner)

Beverly Washburn, Sid Haig, Jill Banner & Lon Chaney Jr.

Ralph (Sid Haig)

Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn)

US 1-Sheet

The Merrye House – Elizabeth & Virginia Merrye

Lobby Card


Cousin Emily (Carol Ohmart)


Getting rid of the lawyer

Lobby Card

Sidney Eddie Mosesian aka Sid Haig

Ralph & Spider Baby

Halloween: Starlet Pin-Ups

Back in the 1930’s through the 50’s, young up-and-coming, and established stars, would pose for studio shots in various costumes for holidays and assorted promotions. Halloween seemed to be a favorite theme. Some of these beautiful women made it big – Cyd Charisse, Betty Grable, Veronica Lake, and some didn’t – the fabulous Dusty Anderson for example.

Dusty Anderson

Cyd Charisse

Veronica Lake

Yvonne DeCarlo (Lily Munster)

Ava Gardner

Clara Bow

Ida Lupino

Betty Grable

Anne Miller

Bunny Yeager

Kathleen Case

Gloria DeHaven

Nancy Carroll

Elaine Stewart

Anne Nagel