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I rented this with a friend about 10 years ago. True, it is awful and cheesy, but in a strange way I kinda like it! Bobbie Bresee plays has-been actress Lynn Roman, who finds herself too old to be cast in the starlet roles of her past. In order to regain her youth, she begins taking injections given to her by Evelyn Avery, the mad assistant to the equally mad doctor played by John Carradine (Sad to see how bad he looks in this one.) Well, the injections restore Lynn's youthful appearance, but as an unfortunate side effect they also transform her into a giant rubbery insect which proceeds to suck the blood out of anyone unfortunate enough to cross its path! Before each transformation scene Lynn also spits out an enormous quantity of white fluid which kinda looks like... uh, anyway, you get the idea! The second half of the movie is basically devoted to Lynn, as the insect, taking revenge on every one who ever crossed her. About the worse thing any of these people did to Lynn was cast someone else in the roles she wanted, but that doesn't stop her from the low budget, and often quite funny, killing spree that follows. At one point she kills her shapely, youthful assistant for having long dark hair and the physique that Lynn is lacking. In the token gratuitous nudity scene, the assistant takes a nude swim that goes on for about five minutes before being killed. Funny how this giant rubbery thing, about twice as big as Lynn is, can come up behind someone and not be seen or heard until it is too late, despite the weird sounds it makes. In another scene, Lynn transforms and kills her agent. Moments later she is human again, and clothed, despite the fact that she ripped out of her clothes only seconds before. These are just a few of the many flaws that gives this film a warm place in my heart. Most of the gore is of the dimestore variety, indeed most of the budget appears to have gone into the monster effects. there is one very nasty scene in the beginning where a typical 80's yuppie has his arm torn out of the socket! Ugh! Still, if you like "so bad they're good" movies, you could do worse. This has become almost impossible to find, by the way. I had to do a great deal of searching before finally finding a website that had this for sale. Apparently there's another version of this called "The Alien Within", and I wouldn't mind seeing it either! Worth a look if you can ever find it. I'd love to see this on Joe Bob Briggs Monstervision show.
How do you make a bad movie even worse? Apparently you hire Ted Newsom,
give him a camcorder and put him under the not-so-watchful eye of
producer Fred Olen Ray. Here we have the very fun Grade-Z classic EVIL
SPAWN (1986) by director Kenneth J. Hall reedited and with new and
pointless inserts shot on tape. The new scenes feature Jay Richardson
and Suzanne Ager as cops sitting in a car talking, eating doughnuts and
fighting an awful hand-puppet monster, Gordon Mitchell sitting at a
desk on the phone and Richard Harrison turning into an pathetic rubbery
monster and ripping Melissa Moore's top off. Scenes from the original
film easily provide the most entertaining moments in this version, so
you might as well seek it out. Forrest J. Ackerman is seen briefly in
the old and the new footage.
EVIL SPAWN (original version): 5 out of 10
New footage contained on THE ALIEN WITHIN: 1 out of 10
Bobbie Breese plays fading movie queen Lynn Roman who is unhappy because younger actresses receive all interesting film roles.The assistant of deceased Dr.Zeitman offers her the potion which should stop the process of aging.It works perfectly until Ruth turns into hideous bug creature with an urge to kill..."Evil Spawn" is a cheesy creature feature flick with plenty of rubbery gore and gratuitous nudity.The main performance of Bobbie Bresse is actually quite decent and it's nice to see cameos of John Carradine and Forrest Ackerman.I haven't seen re-edited version of "Evil Spawn" called "The Alien Within".6 rubber creatures of 10.The scene of nude swimming in the pool is truly priceless.
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Wow, I'm actually speechless
I have watched lots of awful horror
movies in my life and I definitely know to keep my expectations low
regarding late 80's low-budgeted monster movies especially when the
name Fred Olen Ray is even remotely involved but still somehow I'm
truly baffled about how inept and terrible "Evil Spawn" actually is!
The best way to describe the film (if you can even call it that) is to
label is a smutty and sleazy 80's remake of Roger Corman's "The Wasp
Woman". Vain and arrogant actress Lynn Roman still considers herself as
beautiful, young and successful, but her surrounding is slightly more
realistic. Her agent can't find her any more roles, befriended
directors prefer young brunettes and even her own husband sleeps with
younger actresses. Luckily for Lynn, a totally bonkers female scientist
comes to see her with a serum extracted from intergalactic Venus
microbes that supposedly will make her appear younger again. Yes,
seriously! The serum actually works, but not sufficiently and it
doesn't help Lynn to obtain new roles. And thus, like any normal person
would react, she injects copious amounts of serum into her veins and
mutates into a gigantic alien bug creature that feeds on humans.
Sounds like a lot of brainless B-movie fun, doesn't it? Well it certainly is, but exclusively for people that are already familiar with the oeuvre/style of Fred Olen Ray and then still have an incredibly high tolerance lever for incompetence. The little intro video hosted by Olen Ray himself, known as the Night Owl Theater, already states clear that the man isn't really interested in good horror cinema, but merely in ugly monsters and especially naked women. It's particularly the retarded little details that make "Evil Spawn" such an amusing waste of 70 minutes. The film opens with images of a ridiculous looking spaceship, and yet the rest of the entire film takes place on earth. John Carradine, who looks more dead than alive, appears for approximately three minutes even though he receives top-billing on the DVD cover. He mumbles a couple of inaudible sentences and then literally drops dead in his seat. Several monster films of the 1980's have become genuine classics thanks to their marvelous transformation sequences. Like "An American Werewolf in London" for example. The transformation sequences in "Evil Spawn" are slightly less overwhelming. When Lynn injects herself with serum, she first receives a mouthful of ugly sharp teeth but then immediately changes into a full-grown and unidentifiable creature! It's harsh, but I more or less understand why this film didn't receive an Oscar nomination for the special effects. There's plentiful of gore and nudity, of course, quite often at the same time, like when the sexy brunette secretary gets eaten by the poolside and blood runs down over her butt-cheeks. The acting performances are horrible, although most of the cast members aren't all that inexperienced. Lead actress Bobbie Bresee appeared in a handful of B-movies, including "Mausoleum" and "Ghoulies", and furthermore there's Gordon Mitchell (who starred in literally hundreds of Italian flicks) and Jerry Fox. "Evil Spawn" is a lot of dumb fun, but I think everyone agrees the best thing about it is actually the DVD cover image.
... is in the first fifteen minutes of the movie. Some woman who's about to get chowed down on by some unseen evil opts to take the suicide route. She jams a gun into her mouth and get this... they cut to a shot of the wall behind her, brains and muck splatter the wall and a second later, you hear the gunshot. Give the sound editors a friggin' award! I rented this over ten years ago because my friend liked the nude woman on the cover so much that he had to see it. I haven't let him live it down since. Avoid at all costs and I do mean all.
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"Evil Spawn" is good for some laughs. This 'cautionary tale' about the
price that must be paid by taking short-cuts to acquire beauty, power,
fame, and money qualifies it as a morality tale. Obviously, this
literary theme must have secondary in the collective minds of the three
directors--Kenneth J. Hall of "Ghost Writer," Ted Newsom of "The Naked
Monster," and the schlockmeister par excellence Fred Olen Ray of "Tomb
of the Werewolf." They were struggling to make a goofy, gory, ghoulish
monster epic. Naturally, the low-budget special effects hampered their
credibility, but this rank amateur quality endows it with a modicum of
charm. Unless otherwise notified, it is anybody's guess who helmed the
bulk of this nonsense. The directing trio have also slipped in some
soft-core porn scenes with frontal nudity. Happily, the naked ladies
are beautiful, even the elder of the bunch Bobbie Bresee as a starlet
who refuses to let her age impair her in her pursuit of marquee's role.
Actually, not only does "Evil Spawn" incorporate soft-core nudity,
hilarious lobster-looking behemoths, but it also boasts science fiction
The film opens with a title card that spells out this exposition: a "Odyssey" probe to Venus has returned to Earth with alien microbes for analysis by independent laboratories. "The use . . . and misuse of these microbes is the subject of this film." Afterward, we see a spaceship made out of cardboard tubes heading toward Earth. A striking looking woman with a weird hairstyle enters a lab and releases a sickeningly bad alien critter and bars the exit from the lab so that the scientist cannot escape and is attacked by the critter. Blood is splashed everywhere. Miraculously, he gets to this feet later and walks away. Later,a young couple in a Renegade jeep show up searching for her cat. They encounter the bitten scientist, and it tears off the guy's arm The gal leaps into their jeep and rams monster. Not surprisingly,continuity suffers in this assemblage of story lines. Meantime, as an aging actress with few starring roles in sight, Linda Roman (Bobbie Bresee of Mausoleum") sells her soul sort of to the devil. Actually, the devil in this equation, Dr. Emil Zeitman (the venerable John Carradine of "House of Frankenstein") isn't alive long because his treacherous assistant kills him. Turns out that this scene wasn't originally in the screenplay! Olen Ray inserted it no doubt to draw on Carradine's name as a fixture in horror movies dating back to the 1940s. This insane scientist has created something evil from alien DNA that enables the vilest part of your personality to assert control over an individual and shape-shift them into something hideous. Linda Roman listens to Zeitman's homicidal assistant Evelyn Avery (Dawn Wildsmith of "Surf Nazis Must Die") who is trying to convince Linda to participate in a study. Our protagonist runs Avery off, but she finds two needles in a case nearby on her table. Reluctantly but desperately, she injects herself and so begins a quasi-"Jekyll and Hyde" yarn. Linda's closest friends are amazed at her reborn youth, and she yearns to star in a movie entitled "Savage Basically, she turns into a monster like "The Wasp Woman" only this time more like super nasty looking marine specimen that resides in the waters off Maine. The acting runs the gamut of tolerable to terrible, but Bresee does an adequate job with her serious, straightforward thesping. Poor Carradine didn't even know that he was in this fiasco.
Most of the gory stuff occurs toward the end, but there is that trademark bursting from the chest scene that occurs "Carrie" like at the end. Earlier, the monster feasting on its victim resembled a giant rat covered in pizza with glowing eyes. Clearly, the filmmakers were too frugal to treat the story on a national basis with these unsavory monsters attacking the Earth in a takeover of the planet. The body count looks to be no more than five, including Elaine (Pamela Gilbert), her untrustworthy Hollywood agent Harry (Fox Harris), and philandering boyfriend, Mark (Mark Anthony). The production was presumably compromised from the start. Scenes appear out of nowhere with the least justification. For example, one scene has a beauty dancing erotically for Linda's boyfriend and then she appears in full insect armor with giant claws and lays waste! Nevertheless, the outlandish storyline, the cheapo values, and the derivative content lend it enough charm if you're willing to let it dominate at least 75 minutes of your day. "Evil Spawn" might properly be seen after dark with lots of alcoholic beverages and pizza to go around for everybody. One last thing: Olen Ray wasn't prepared to let "Evil Spawn" waste away in B-movie Hell, he recycled it with new footage as "Alien Intruders."
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Okay. I've seen some low budget films in my time. Some of them have
been quite entertaining on a basic scale of laughing at how bad they
are, and others have been absolutely dire. One film which falls at the
bottom end of this bad film scale is METAMORPHOSIS. I knew I was in for
a bad time as soon as the credits showed up. Well, maybe I shouldn't
say the "credits", as I'm not exactly sure what they were. Bad computer
titles appeared over a scene of what looked like (and was) someone
holding a Camcorder out of a car window, and just taping the view in
front of them. Wow, great credits. Then the "film" began.
I have to say, even at the low price I paid for it, I was sorely disappointed. Another case of "don't judge a book by its cover", this video sleeve had a cool design but the film itself was nothing like it. Most of the time we were watching Bobbie Bresee (an apparent horror icon of the '80s, she was in this and GHOULIES...but the question is, where is she now?) talk and chat to her friends.
The trouble with the film is that everything is so s-l-o-w. One slow motion scene of Bresee going to collect an Oscar was shown twice in its prolonged agony. John Carradine turns up at the beginning for two minutes and dies (he probably saw how bad the film was). I guess the producer thought adding in some gratuitous nudity would make people enjoy the film. He was wrong. Forrest J Ackerman turns up in a comedy cameo again, what was it with him and bad low budget films of the '80s? The film is so bad at one point the camera isn't even in focus. The acting is atrocious as well. This film is only worth watching if you want to see how bad it is. Otherwise...if you see it, burn it. It's for the best you know.
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An aging actress, Lynn Roman(Bobbie Bresee;who, at 37, had one knock
out of a body), desperately desires to retain her past glory by nabbing
a major part designed for a 20 year old lead, decides to inject an
experimental formula given to her by a mysterious scientist. This
scientist, Evelyn Avery(Dawn Wildsmith),an obsessive fan of Roman's,
caused the deaths of her boss, Dr. Zeitman(John Carradine; whose role
was actually lifted from stock footage of another proposed Fred Olen
Ray project, Frankenstein's Brain)and fellow colleague using a formula
designed from alien DNA. It is designed to make Lynn look younger, but
has a nasty side-effect, when angered, she transforms into a hideous
insect monster! Yes, Bresee turns into yet another monster. Anyway,
Lynn's biographer, Ross Anderson(Drew Godderis, in a dreadful
performance with equally appalling voice over narration that seems to
attempt a homage of sorts to Sunset Boulevard)investigates the drug
she's been injecting and discovers some disturbing truths. Meanwhile,
Lynn's alter-ego, the insect monster, emerges killing her maid,
Elaine(Pamela Gilbert), back-stabbing agent, Harry(Fox Harris), and
cheating boyfriend, Mark(Mark Anthony).
I believe there's an alternate version out there with extra footage shot by Fred Olen Ray, but the version I viewed gives Kenneth J Hall full credit as director. On this page, several cast members represent characters that aren't in the film I just finished, which was released by Fred's distribution label for DVD. Anyway, the quality for this movie is below par and the camera-work is exceptionally flat and unimaginative. Bobbie Bresee, however, is well cast and gets a chance to flaunt her magnificent naked figure in a gratuitous shower sequence. Unfortunately, the close-ups of her false monster teeth are laughable, although her creepy eye contacts and furious facial expressions work a bit better. The monster costume comes right out of those bad creature features in the 50's which I felt was intentional..a beloved spoof of those films, placed within an 80's modern setting. The film's theme is the longing to remain a vital figure in Hollywood despite the expiration date looming(..again, right out of Sunset Boulevard)and Bresee, despite how yummy her figure is, seems to tap into the rage that befalls older actresses trying to keep up with the much younger gals entering the industry. The sub-plot with Wildsmith, as the diabolical, deranged scientist, really off-sets the tone of the rest of the film, particularly her scenes in her apartment, taping collective photos and clippings of Lynn on the walls. The monster mayhem is(intentionally?)goofy and rather poorly executed because the costume isn't the least bit scary..more likely, seeing it will give you the giggles. Pamela Gilbert(..a tall, athletic figure, with long brown hair), as Lynn's maid, disrobes for the horny male(..and female?)viewers during a swim while her employer is away, eventually falling prey to the monster..told she was too old for the desired lead role she so covets, Lynn's rage causes the beast to rear it's ugly head. The scene with an elderly Carradine, attempting to speak his lines(..and obviously reading from cue cards), looks to be on death's door..it's kind of hard to watch knowing that he wouldn't be with us very much longer and seeing him struggle with his lines, barely being able to breathe, kind of brought about sadness because I'm such a fan of his. The opening of the film, concerning the alien monster who attacks Evelyn's colleague, leads to the film's standout gore scene..the scientist interrupts a couple in a jeep searching for their pooch, ripping the arm off of the man attempting to see if he's okay.
EVIL SPAWN (1987) *1/2 (Out of 4*'s) Director: Kenneth J. Hall. Bobbie
Bresee, Drew Godderis, John Terrence, Donna Shock, John
An underground woman scientist offers a has-been actress a drug that promises to restore her youth. After second guessing the idea and finally taking it, she gets sick and turns into a beast at night and begins killing whoever is nearby!
Shamelessly makes you feel sorry for the lead character. The acting is shy and somewhat overdone. The neat special effects look much better on the back of the video box than they do during the movie.
Not oscar material, but all movies like these are great for parties!
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Boy, does this astonishingly awful direct-to-video late 80's low budget horror abomination commit all the so-utterly-wretched-that-they're-weirdly-wonderful trash movie vices. For starters, the central premise is basically an ungodly blend of "Sunset Boulevard" and your typically tacky Grade Z 50's type deadly monster picture done with 80's style gore, nudity and profanity to make it seem more "modern": Faded over-the-hill former big film star Lynn Roman (atrociously played by buxom blonde babe Bobbie Bresee of "Mausoleam" fame) takes a special experimental anti-aging serum to make herself look young again. Naturally, there's a nasty side effect: the serum causes Lynn to mutate into a lethal giant humanoid insect beast which predictably bumps off a few folks. Kenneth J. Hall's pathetic (mis)direction, Hall's equally dismal script (Hall is the same genius dreck feature scribe who penned the brilliant screenplay for "Nightmare Sisters"), Christopher Condon's endearingly crude'n'clunky cinematography, the dreadful dialogue ("Aren't they the ones who do those schlocky low budget films in Italy?"), the cheesy gore, nil suspense, sluggish pacing, terrible acting, a laughably hokey some-poor-guy-in-an-obvious-rubber-suit monster, Paul Natzke's annoyingly droning synthesizer score, and even a heavy-handed morale about the perils of vanity ensure that this hilariously horrendous honey is an absolute campy hoot from start to finish. Better still, Bresee takes a steamy shower and the exquisitely ample brunette knockout Pamela Gilbert goes skinny-dipping prior to being killed by the creature. An extremely feeble John Carradine has a very sad cameo as a doddering old fuddy dud of a mad scientist and Forrest J. Ackerman makes a fleeting appearance as a pool cleaner. As Lynn so aptly puts it early on in the movie: "This sounds like something out of a bad science fiction film." And indeed that's exactly what this sublimely shoddy stinker is.
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