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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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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:

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gene Simmons of the band 'KISS' currently owns the prop severed head of the kid's mother. It was given to him by Tim Sullivan when he interviewed Simmons for "Fangoria" in 1983. Sullivan - who was a PA on this film - went on to produce Detroit Rock City (1999) and write and direct 2001 Maniacs (2005) and Driftwood (2006). 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: [the black cat in the house crossed her path] Where did he come from?
Pete: That cat is crazy!
Aunt Millie: [closes the basement door] What is with the basement this morning?
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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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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

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Surprisingly fun low-budget monster mayhem
8 November 2003 | by Renaldo MatlinSee all my reviews

For some it's probably criminally easy to dismiss a movie like this just because of it's low budget, but "The Deadly Spawn" was somewhat of a cult-hit in it's day and it's easy to see why. The make-up-effects are quite good for a movie this cheap (reportedly it cost just $ 20,000 and ended up making millions), and writer/director Douglas McKeown actually takes time building characters before he lets them die gory deaths (moahahaha).

The monsters are quite effective, at least those small eel-like buggers reminiscent of the chest-burster that ruined everyone's breakfast in "Alien" (1979). It also deserves kudos for - in the end - painting a realistic picture of the traumatizing effects something like this would have on those who survive.

If you like alien-invasion-movies in general, or just love the charm of horror on a shoestring-budget, this might be your cup of tea.


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