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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.
The effects are so bad, there not fun gory, just groan gory. The editing and direction in this movie are non existent..as for example whenever it wants it will show random shots of hands moving things and random shots of characters faces for no reason. Not to mention a rotten script and a poor ending. DeFranco stands out.
Rated R for Extreme Graphic Violence and Profanity.
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Alien monsters, with their mouths full of razor-sharp teeth, ride a
"meteor" into the Earth harvesting in the basement of a nearby house.
During the film, those who live in the house, unknowingly become lunch
to the beasties when they enter the basement. The basement, however,
will not hold them forever and we watch as many smaller alien monsters
venture outside attacking a vegetarian dinner party full of older women
gathering together. When the parents are eaten by the monsters, their
sons, young horror movie fan Charles(Charles George Hildebrandt)and
older astronomy student Peter(Tom DeFranco)will have to defend
themselves or else perish. Pete's pals Frankie(Richard Lee Porter),
love-interest Ellen(Jean Tafler)and Kathy(Karen Tighe)come over and
find themselves also in a battle for survival.
75% of viewers who watch this flick will probably find it repellent and laugh at the rubber monsters, but this film is intended for a certain audience. I think, in essence, it's an old-fashioned "aliens attack" creature feature" except for the splatter-gore. The film is loaded with disgusting violence such as how we see the monster attack victims, often chomping down on their heads and flesh. I think creature feature fans, used to fake-looking rubber monsters from yesteryear, will embrace this flick for that's part of it's charm. For a LOW budget(..it was indeed a good idea to set most of the film in the central location of one house), the gore effects are quite impressive. Cheap photography might also add to it's charm. The cast is littered with no-names whose acting is adequate, but in a gruesome B-flick sci-fi horror, that doesn't much matter. The ending twist is wonderfully inspired.
Pure garbage. After watching this garbage I couldn't wait to see how
much bashing it got on this site. I was wrong...most people actually
praise this movie...why?
The plot is so random and small (alien mother and her offspring invade a farm house) that it constantly has characters talking about nothing just to fill time. I mean what was the scene with the uncle and nephew about? why was the uncle such a loser? they didn't even show him get killed. What was the point of adding that blond fat bimbo into the plot ten minutes before the movie ended? She didn't even look attractive. The effects are so bad, there not fun gory, just groan gory. The acting is irritating, I wanted everyone to die in this movie quickly.
The editing and direction in this movie are non existent..as for example whenever it wants it will show random shots of hands moving things and random shots of characters faces for no reason. Wait, I did see a quick sense of style which was one quick zoom in shot of wall socket..wow that's exciting as it gets.
The only cool deaths in this movie are the farm wife getting her face much-ed on and head chomping that will make u burst with laughter. Didn't see that one coming, I'll give it credit for that.
The score is so low key and generic that I really can't remember much about it...not very effective...even for a ludicrous b-movie like this. The dialog is so moronic and the actors are all un attractive.
I'm a huge fan of really bad movies (HellGate, Texas Chiansaw massacre the next generation, Troll 2, and Slumber Party massacre 2 have all made it to my collection and i love watching them) but this movie is too boring..maybe if it was a 15 min short it wouldn't be so bad...not a movie that trys to stretch itself for an hour and 20 mins...the ending was a crap fest also. Nice effects on that one.
zero stars out of ****
The Deadly Spawn (1983)
** 1/2 (out of 4)
Good mix of old-fashioned sci-fi and 80s gore about a group of kids who must fight off an alien creature that has taken up in their basement. Not only does this alien like human flesh but it has several smaller versions that start to terrorize this small town. Writer-director Douglas McKeown just has one credit listed at IMDb and it's this film here, which is somewhat shocking. This film was extremely well-made and it's somewhat shocking that he didn't direct another feature, although the bio on the Synapse DVD fills in some added details. What I enjoyed most about this film is that it's clear McKeown is a major fan of the science fiction films from the 1950s as one of the main characters here is a young boy who loves Famous Monsters magazine and his walls are full of monster posters. This here was a nice little touch but it works so well because the actual alien here is exactly like something you'd expect to see in a Roger Corman drive-in flick. THE DEADLY SPAWN goes a step further because the throwback is certainly here but there's also non-stop gore, which is what was happening to genre pictures around this time. I'm not sure what type of theatrical release this thing got but it's certainly much more bloody than the Friday THE 13TH pictures of this era. One highlight includes a sequence where a poor woman gets the flesh from her face eaten off and there are countless others scenes of body parts being chewed up. The gore level is actually a lot higher than you'd normally see in a picture like this but I'm certainly not going to complain. The performances are pretty much what you'd expect from a low-budget movie of this era but none of them are bad enough to ruin anything. There are a few problems with the picture including several scenes that get dragged out too long. I'd say the 81-minute running time also feels a bit long but there's still no question that the film really works well for what it is.
I admit to having a certain liking for the many toothed monsters. Unfortunately, there is little else to get excited about. The plot is boring, the acting amateurish, and the talky dead spots are many, especially for a film that seems well padded to only 81 minutes. Almost the entire movie takes place in one house, leading to a claustrophobic feeling throughout. The puppets with teeth eventually wear out their welcome, and the whole thing just sort of dissolves with an outdoor scene that appears only added on to push the running time. You can admire what they got out of a $25,000 budget, but that cannot hide the fact that "The Deadly Spawn" is a tedious movie to watch. - MERK
I've never been much of a sci-fi fan, so I'm not exactly an authority on the makin's for quality sci-fi. However, I do know a thing or two about what's entertaining. And The Deadly Spawn is most certainly that. When it comes down to it, The Deadly Spawn is more of a gruesome, micro-budgeted gorefest, which happens to feature Aliens. That's right. A Horror movie. Or at least it would be if not for the aliens. I guess it's whatever you want it to be. These aliens aren't the kind that talk, and walk around and whatnot. Think Slither. Campers notice a meteor fall to the ground. What these fellas don't know is that it carried bloodthirsty aliens with it. Of course they gotta go exploring. And soon regret it. Said aliens take up residence in the basement of some random family. I'd sure hate to a part of that family. They don't stand a chance. At one point this movie was released as Return of The Aliens: The Deadly Spawn. The alleged sequel to Ailen. I love it! That's genius. Not that anyone in their right mind would fall for such dishonesty, but good thinking on the part of whoever the hell. If case you're looking for some more unknown B-sci-fi, maybe you'd like to give Voyage To The Planet Of Prehistoric Women a look. Although, don't expect anything The Deadly Spawn offers. But anyway. If you dig aliens and gore, and if you have an appreciation for quality cinema despite no budget, you might not hate The Deadly Spawn. Check it out. 7/10
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"The Deadly Spawn" is very likable, earnest stuff, and one can tell that it's made by fellow fans of the sci-fi and horror genres. Made for approximately $25,000, and filmed on location in New Jersey, it's done in a fine old school style, with use of obvious matte paintings and the kind of practical effects that people like me thrilled over during their introductions to this kind of thing. Its story deals with a meteorite that crashes in the woods, a meteorite bearing a disgusting species that basically looks like a many toothed, very phallic version of Audrey II. (The miniature versions of the monster definitely will have viewers thinking along sexual lines!) After gobbling up some dumb ass campers, the creatures find a nice comfy home in the damp cellar of a nearby house, and during the course of the next (rainy) day, find an assortment of human victims on which to snack. Now, "The Deadly Spawn" is likely not going to quite be for everybody, as it takes its time preparing for its wild finale. One may grow impatient as the people inside the house go about their business completely oblivious to the danger down below. For a movie running a mere 82 minutes, there is some slow pacing going on, to be sure. But it's too hard to really knock a movie featuring such characters as a horror junkie kid (Charles George Hildebrandt) who's got enough smarts to figure out a way to destroy the monster (Give this kid credit, also, for staying so cool when he sees what remains of his mom.), his science obsessed teen aged brother (Tom DeFranco), and their psychiatrist uncle (John Schmerling) who takes the time to interview his precocious young nephew about his interest. The writing isn't completely predictable, with a nasty fate in store for a rather amiable character. There's lots of splatter tossed about, and genre lovers will be delighted once the attack is finally underway and our human cast starts getting munched on. It's never, ever taken too seriously, with the tongue in cheek tone emphasized strongly with that priceless "it ain't over yet" final shot. The acting is admirably sincere, and the shoestring budget, and absence of excessive slickness you'd get from a studio picture, makes "The Deadly Spawn" a pleasing, unpretentious, and simply fun experience, flaws and all. Seven out of 10.
I just watched this absolutely weird piece of 80's-No-Budget-Junk and I
loved it! Here's why:
First of all, it's better than "AVATAR". But that goes without saying.
No, seriously: I wouldn't call this a cult-movie and I don't get why some people in this forum compare it to "Evil Dead". It is a homemade horror-movie too and it has some over- the-top gore scenes, but the similarities end right there. Apart from that it is much more a parody of 50's alien films. Have a look at the posters in the hero kid's room and you'll see what the creators had in mind.
At times the movie gets quite impressive FX-wise, for example when it comes to the creature scenes in the cellar, which feature great puppetry and theatrical lighting. Once the monsters get out of the dark, the general impression turns from creepy to hilarious, and the showdown is quite disappointing. But still not as bad as "AVATAR".
The characters are a bunch of nerdy kids plus some notably ugly grown-ups, and they altogether have some of the weirdest dialogs you'll ever find in a movie.
I give this 7 of 10 for being fun from the beginning to end, for fast pacing, great gore-scenes and total weirdness.
"WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD?"
At last, I watched the full uncut. Full uncut is only available in the US and in Germany were I bought it at a convention with lot of extra's. Was it worth it, oh yes. I would classify it in the region of Slithis and The Abomination, be aware, The Abomination was made later but the comparison between them is the look of the alien(s). Sure, Brain Damage (from 1988) his aliens are looking the same like those in this flick. Luckely, here we don't have stop/motion. Still, we have to deal with a low budget but a nice one. The story line is okay and the effects are the reason why it has his cult following. When the aliens attack they attack in a gory way. Mostly the attacks are off camera but the result of the attacks are shown, geeks will love it especially the attack of the aliens on mother's skull. Sure, some outside shots are made of a model, funny to see but I have seen worser. Only the end is a bit of a laugh. But nevertheless, you have to watch it, sometimes it's a bit of what the hell, the scene with the old people, and sometimes you will love the use of the red stuff.
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It's 'categorized' as a B-movie, which it is. But it also has some
unique features and really stands out on some aspects.
It's your standard horror scenario though.
Meteorite crashes, aliens come out, feed on the locals.
Not very original.
But don't let that fool you! This movie mainly relies on it's gore factor. Because there is a LOT of (creative) gore in this movie. I don't think the creators of this film were trying to create a serious horror movie. It has a decent sense of humor too.
There's not much text in this story; nor is the acting really outstanding. It's by heart a B-movie, with a few extra's.
All in all, an enjoyable flick; if you can handle the gore.
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