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The Deadly Spawn (1983)

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

Director:

Douglas McKeown

Writers:

Douglas McKeown (screenplay), Ted A. Bohus (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles George Hildebrandt ... Charles
Tom DeFranco Tom DeFranco ... Pete
Richard Lee Porter Richard Lee Porter ... Frankie
Jean Tafler Jean Tafler ... Ellen
Karen Tighe Karen Tighe ... Kathy
James L. Brewster ... Sam (as James Brewster)
Elissa Neil Elissa Neil ... Barb
Ethel Michelson Ethel Michelson ... Aunt Millie
John Schmerling John Schmerling ... Uncle Herb
Judith Mayes Judith Mayes ... Bunny
Andrew Michaels ... Camper #1
John Arndt John Arndt ... Camper #2
Diane Stevens Diane Stevens ... Nibbs
Darlene Kenley Darlene Kenley ... Hilde
Madeline Charanis 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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Taglines:

They Fell From Space And They Were Hungry! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The location for the shoot was the house of fantasy illustrator Tim Hildebrandt in Gladstone, New Jersey. Some effects sequences were shot by a second unit in New Brunswick, New Jersey. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Aunt Millie: [looking at Bunny's ceramic animals] I've never seen this giraffe before.
Bunny: He's new!
Aunt Millie: He's big!
Bunny: Don't you just love him?
Aunt Millie: To pieces.
Bunny: Do you know what I've always wanted?
Aunt Millie: What?
Bunny: A really handsome gorilla.
Aunt Millie: A WHAT?
Bunny: A gorilla! But, they don't seem to make fine ceramics of the great apes, for some reason. They are our nearest relations, you know, the great apes. But they never left the proverbial Garden of Eden like we did. Did you know he's a vegetarian?
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Crazy Credits

As soon as the end credits finish, the words "Don't try it, Gary" appear. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Synapse Films R1 DVD release (due sometime in 2003) will feature an alternate version of the film. This cut will feature several new scenes and improved visual effects, as well as an abundance of extras including a possible commentary. It will also be transfered from the original 16mm A/B roll negatives. See more »

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Referenced in Found (2012) See more »

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Legendary alien mayhem with great monsters!
24 May 2002 | by Bogey ManSee all my reviews

This is one of the best alien/monster slaughtering and splattering movies I've ever seen! It is so funny and creative as the monsters are something I hadn't seen before. They are ugly, disgusting, hungry and have about 7000 teeth! They can also move, but pretty slowly. How they did those monsters with the low budget? They look so fantastic and scary as they actually have nothing but huge mouths and hundreds of sharp teeth in them.

Some alien stone comes from the space and crushes into the Earth with these nasty visitors. Soon they find a new home in a cellar of one apartment, and then the "fun" begins. There is one slow sequence in the middle of the film and it is boring to sit through, but fortunately for most of the time, there is always something going on.

The effects and overall look of the film is so 80's and low budgeted and nostalgic and it really makes to miss those golden days when these were made. Nasty slashers, stupid Conan rip offs, alien clones etc. Those were the legendary days that produced us these gems, that we can now track down and enjoy. The Deadly Spawn is recommended HIGHLY for all fans of marginal cinema and especially monster cinema, because these babies are something new! They bite in a way that no other monster has ever bitten before! They appear also in a form of slithery worms, and it only raises the puke-o-meter and fun-o-meter, but only for those who understand these rare pieces of gold. Others will only feel sick watching these!

This film earns at least 7 ultra gory stars out of ten, and these films will NEVER die, no matter how many stupid mainstream efforts or "modern horror films" are made!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Alien's Deadly Spawn See more »

Filming Locations:

Gladstone, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$25,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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