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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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Taglines:

Mankind vs. the ultimate eating machine See more »

Genres:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

After the camper who went back for the camera is attacked in the tent, his bloody arm comes through the flaps and his hand grabs a sapling. Right after the hand closes, the shirt changes from light faded denim to a very dark color, and the hand appears to be somewhat larger. 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 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 »

Connections

References Monster on the Campus (1958) See more »

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Before the Slugs, Slither n Night of the Creeps, there were these slimy creatures with hell lottuva teeth. Watch out for the decapitation n defenestration scenes.
14 June 2019 | by Fella_shibbySee all my reviews

I first saw this in the mid 80s on a vhs. Revisited it recently. The initial kills r offscreen with jus blood on the ground, on the spectacles, on the bulb n on the wall with lots of slurping noise but the film does get gory later but nowhere tensed or fast paced. A woman's face gets munched upon by an alien suffering from bruxism. An old uncle gets devoured by the aliens offscreen. A teenager gets decapitated by an alien's teeth n the aftermath defenestration scene of the rubber body will make u lol. The salad scene from the film Slugs was inspired by a similar scene from this film. Inspite of the running time only 82 mins, the film gets tedious considering the old ladies' chit chat n the teenagers conversations.


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