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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.

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Douglas McKeown

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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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Storyline

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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¡Nadie escapará de las mutilaciones carnívoras que hacen estos mutantes! (Mexico) (Ofer Video VHS release) See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film's original title was "The Deadly Spawn". However, distributors wanted to cash-in on the rumor that there was going to be a sequel to Alien (1979). See more »

Goofs

After she narrowly escapes being eaten by the mother spawn and is pulled to safety inside Charles' bedroom, Kathy has her hands up around her own head in one shot, then she's pulling up one side of her shirt in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

[after being attacked by an enormous alien mouth]
Kathy: What... the FUCK was THAT?
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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 DVD release includes a cut of the film that is slightly extended. Near the film's conclusion, we see a number of 'reaction' shots of the surviving characters being taken away in ambulances and police cars, including a very shell-shocked Charles. An alternate opening sequence is included as an extra and not as part of the complete film, but it's nearly identical to the original version, with a few minor changes to the special effects, sound effects, and the opening titles. See more »

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References Alien (1979) 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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