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The Deadly Spawn (1983)

 -  Sci-Fi | Horror  -  22 April 1983 (USA)
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Alien creatures invade a small town and a group of four teenagers, plus one little boy, try to escape from them.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles George Hildebrandt ...
Charles
Tom DeFranco ...
Pete
Richard Lee Porter ...
Frankie
Jean Tafler ...
Ellen
Karen Tighe ...
Kathy
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Sam (as James Brewster)
Elissa Neil ...
Barb
Ethel Michelson ...
Aunt Millie
John Schmerling ...
Uncle Herb
Judith Mayes ...
Bunny
Andrew Michaels ...
Camper #1
John Arndt ...
Camper #2
Diane Stevens ...
Nibbs
Darlene Kenley ...
Hilde
Madeline Charanis ...
Ju Ju
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Two campers in the New Jersey woods have their outdoor fun interrupted by the arrival of a meteorite crashing nearby. They go to investigate the crater, but are suddenly attacked and devoured by alien parasites who have hitched a ride to Earth. After finishing off the campers, the hungry space monsters head for a nearby town, where they make their domain in the basement of an old house soon begin polishing off one hapless inhabitant after another. Four young teenagers, plus one pre-teen boy, try to find a way to stop the angry space monsters before they reproduce and literally eat humanity. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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They're here and they're hungry. See more »

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Sci-Fi | Horror

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22 April 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Return of the Alien's Deadly Spawn  »

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$25,000 (estimated)
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The effects of the mini-spawns slithering across the floor in the basement was achieved by cutting a "S" wriggle into the floor, and pulling the spawns along under the floor. See more »

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At the very beginning of the movie when it shows the meteor hitting the earth it is clearly daytime, yet when the campers leave their tent to investigate, it's dark. See more »

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Aunt Millie: [the black cat in the house crossed her path] Where did he come from?
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Highly awaited..by me at least
5 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Thank god for DVD, I was waiting for a chance to see this film since I was but a wee pubescent gore fiend way back in the mid '80's when I saw a clip of it when I rented "Terror on Tape" (which was and still IS a much better compilation of horror films then the much better known "Terror in the Aisles, but I digress), while sleeping over my Aunt's house. This film's plot is just alien eats and eats and eats some more people. So was it worth the decades long wait?? Well for the most part a resounding YES. I knew it was going to be low budget and I knew it would have bad acting. But it was still a really fun movie for gore lovers. And i wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to fellow low-budget horror film fans.

Synapse DVD Extras: 2 commentary tracks (the first with the director and a few cast members and the second with the Producer); alternate opening; audition tapes; stills gallery; outtakes; a 15 page comic book style prequel; and theatrical trailer

My Grade: B


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