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21 July 1978 (USA) See more »
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A nuclear leak creates a mutant Slithis sea monster, which terrorizes the variety of pets, winos, and hippies who hang around Venice, California. See more » | Add synopsis »
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Spawn of the Slithis (1978) Movie Review
 (From Beyond Hollywood. 19 June 2010, 5:53 PM, PDT)

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Awful 70s movie is so bad it fails even as cheese. See more (23 total) »


  (in credits order)
Alan Blanchard ... Wayne Connors
Judy Motulsky ... Jeff Connors
J.C. Claire ... Dr. John
Dennis Falt ... Dr. Erin Burick (as Dennis Lee Falt)
Mello Alexandria ... Chris Alexander
Win Condict ... The Monster
Rocky Fumarelli ... Preston, wino #1
John Hatfield ... Bunky, wino #2
Hy Pyke ... Jack Dunn
Daphnae Cohen ... Helen Dunn (as Daphne Cohen)
Steven J. Hoag ... Doug (as Stephen J. Hoag)
Wendy Rastattar ... Jennifer
Don Cummins ... Rex
David Ridenour ... Policeman at house
Dave Carlton ... Drunk #1
Dale Caldwell ... Drunk #2
Ken Stimson ... Drunk #3
Gregory Clemmons ... Chris' Uncle
Ed Fournier ... Kid throwing frisbee #1
Prudie Butler ... Kid throwing frisbee #2

Jack Kelly ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Alejandro Voss ... Police Chief (as Alejandro Vass)
Gary Dyer ... Policeman at Station
Alisa Estes ... Marti Mason
Abraham Columbus ... Policeman
Michael Hudson ... Policeman
Drew Deeter ... Mike, deck hand #1
Marc Harvey ... Nicholas, deck hand #2 (as Marcus Harvey)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cary Carlisle ... Venice Resident (uncredited)
Dan Coles ... Venice Resident (uncredited)
Chris Sprister ... Man at Police Station (uncredited)

Bill J. Stevens ... Dr. Risling (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Traxler 
Writing credits
Stephen Traxler (written by)

Produced by
Dick Davis .... executive producer
Paul Fabian .... producer
Stephen Traxler .... producer
Original Music by
Steve Zuckerman 
Cinematography by
Robert Caramico (director of cinematography)
Film Editing by
Robert M. Ross 
Art Direction by
Catherine Deeter 
Makeup Department
Penny Gottlieb .... makeup artist (as Penny Gotlieb)
Kathy Lober .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Paul Fabian .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Judy Bring .... assistant director
David Peltzer .... assistant director
Art Department
Russ Davis .... property master
Russ Davis .... set designer
Nipper Larson .... assistant property master
Nipper Larson .... assistant set designer
Sound Department
Gord Connon .... boom operator
Craig Felburg .... sound mixer
William Shippey .... sound effects editor (as Bill Shippy)
De Ette Adams .... stunt performer
Larry Dunn .... stunt performer
Larry Phillips .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Bowie .... gaffer
Gary Graver .... electrician (as Robby McClure)
Richard Lance .... second assistant camera
Anthony R. Palmieri .... assistant camera (as Tony Palmeri)
Marshall Reed .... key grip
Tar Webster .... best boy
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Penny Gottlieb .... wardrobe (as Penny Gotlieb)
Kathy Lober .... wardrobe assistant
Music Department
Corey Bailey .... music recordist
Don Buday .... music producer
Transportation Department
Travis Hathaway .... transportation
Other crew
Arlene Garelick .... production secretary
Donna King .... production coordinator
Mimi Leder .... script supervisor
Jim Speth .... assistant to director (as James Speth)
John Marshall .... subtitle script and timing (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Slithis" - USA (promotional abbreviation)
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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Iceland:16 | Norway:15 (video premiere) | USA:PG | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Win Condict had to be sewn into the rubber Slithis costume every day because said outfit didn't have any snaps or zippers. Moreover, once Condict was in the costume he had to stay in it for the entire duration of a day's shooting.See more »
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Awful 70s movie is so bad it fails even as cheese., 21 August 2012
Author: jaguiar313 from USA

I love a 'so bad it's good' movie just as much as the next movie geek but, this 1978 "gem" is just all round bad. I had the misfortune of catching this in a theater back in '78 and let's just say it hasn't gotten any better with age and it's still so bad that 70s nostalgia just doesn't help. The movie tells the story of a school teacher who (for whatever reason) is trying to solve the mystery of some animal mutilations and later human murders around a Venice California cove. The police think it's a serial killer or a cult and forensics can't seem to tell animal bites when they see them. He discovers that a leak from a nearby nuclear plant created an organic sludge called "Slithis" (never explained) which takes on characteristics of what it absorbs and it is now a humanoid fish monster craving food. From it's awful dialog to it's even worse delivery of that dialog (an actor playing a police chief seems to think he's playing a bad guy on a Sid and Marty Kroft show.), Slithis is mind numbingly bad. Half the films shots are in slow motion for no reason, including the opening scene of a fat kid playing Frisbee, which means it's scant 80 minute running time would be less then an hour without them. The Slithis creature costume is okay but it looks like a pudgy Creature From The Black Lagoon and the human eyes are just too nice and blue to illicit fears. And as a horror film, fear is something this completely lacks. From the easily telegraphed attack scenes, where most of the carnage is off camera, to the tone , which goes from serious to oddly whimsical at times ( What kind of film where they trying to make?), Slithis can't generate any suspense or tension whatsoever. There is some blood but, with a PG rating, Slithis is rather tame and there are only a few attack sequences as the film is very talky for an 80 minute creature feature. An awful film that somehow has garnered a bit of a reputation but, after revisiting it, I can only guess it was from lack of availability as the film has very little to recommend even to fans of bad movies.

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I had the 'survival kit'. nsavage3-1
Hysterical and nostalgic ... I LOVE SLITHIS! roybatty-1
Director Mimi Leder (Deep Impact, etc.) Was Slithis Script Supervisor! ripcord-the-movie
My uncle played the slithis xfathersgunx
Judy Motulsky and I were in HS play together... jrrybrinkman
I know the guy who played Wayne Connors! Sean_of_the_Dead
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