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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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 effects of the mini-spawns slithering across the floor in the basement was achieved by cutting a "S" wriggle into the floor, and pulling the spawns along under the floor. 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

[Pete picks up a ringing phone]
Pete: Hello? Oh, hi Frankie. Oh yeah... I woke up because the phone was so loud. Oh, that was my aunt. Yeah, my aunt and uncle are visiting. What?
[pause]
Pete: What are you getting so worried about? Look, look... biology isn't exactly my strongest point either.
[pause]
Pete: What about tonight? We can still go. No, I told you... I said my folks have the car today. Not tonight. What about your car?
[pause]
Pete: Oh? Look, if you want to get here by six... six-thirty p.m. as soon as my folks...
[...]
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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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The Ultimate "Home-Made" Horror Movie
3 October 2003 | by squeezeboxSee all my reviews

Extremely low budget, but lively sci-fi horror movie about a group of people trapped in a house full of toothy extraterrestrial monsters, hatched from a fallen meteorite, which look like a cross between a giant salamander and H.R. Giger's creation from the ALIEN movies.

The shoestring budget actually adds to the movie's charm, as it appears to have been written, shot and designed by a bunch of talented kids who had nothing better to do with the weekend (which is actually not far from the truth).

The dialog and performances, in general, are fair at best, but the swift pace, campy atmosphere and enthusiastic carnage balance out the shortcomings. Great music score, too. At any rate, you get the feeling that the filmmakers have a true love of the horror genre. It's creepy, gory, and a lot of fun, and would be a perfect flick for a Halloween horror-thon.


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