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The Deadly Spawn (1983)

Alien creatures invade a small town and four teenagers, along with a young boy, attempt to escape from them.

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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 ...
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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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22 April 1983 (USA)  »

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Return of the Alien's Deadly Spawn  »

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$25,000 (estimated)
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This film was almost picked up for theatrical release by Paramount. See more »

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When Bunny is making her green sauce, the spawn that crawls into her food processor clearly is not there when the food processor is glimpsed in a long shot. See more »

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[Pete picks up a ringing phone]
Pete: Hello? Oh, hi Frankie. Oh yeah... I woke up because the phone was so loud. Oh, that was my aunt. Yeah, my aunt and uncle are visiting. What?
[pause]
Pete: What are you getting so worried about? Look, look... biology isn't exactly my strongest point either.
[pause]
Pete: What about tonight? We can still go. No, I told you... I said my folks have the car today. Not tonight. What about your car?
[pause]
Pete: Oh? Look, if you want to get here by six... six-thirty p.m. as soon as my folks...
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As soon as the end credits finish, the words "Don't try it, Gary" appear. See more »

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References The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) See more »

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Surprisingly fun low-budget monster mayhem
8 November 2003 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

For some it's probably criminally easy to dismiss a movie like this just because of it's low budget, but "The Deadly Spawn" was somewhat of a cult-hit in it's day and it's easy to see why. The make-up-effects are quite good for a movie this cheap (reportedly it cost just $ 20,000 and ended up making millions), and writer/director Douglas McKeown actually takes time building characters before he lets them die gory deaths (moahahaha).

The monsters are quite effective, at least those small eel-like buggers reminiscent of the chest-burster that ruined everyone's breakfast in "Alien" (1979). It also deserves kudos for - in the end - painting a realistic picture of the traumatizing effects something like this would have on those who survive.

If you like alien-invasion-movies in general, or just love the charm of horror on a shoestring-budget, this might be your cup of tea.


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