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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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Tom DeFranco ...
Richard Lee Porter ...
Frankie
Jean Tafler ...
Ellen
Karen Tighe ...
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Sam (as James Brewster)
Elissa Neil ...
Barb
Ethel Michelson ...
John Schmerling ...
Uncle Herb
Judith Mayes ...
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John Arndt ...
Diane Stevens ...
Nibbs
Darlene Kenley ...
Hilde
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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They're here and they're hungry. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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22 April 1983 (USA)  »

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Return of the Alien's Deadly Spawn  »

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$25,000 (estimated)
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There's an unofficial sequel, Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor (1990). In many parts of Asia, it was distributed under the name "The Deadly Spawn 2: The Metamorphosis". Because Metamorphosis was made for millions of dollars more, and had much higher production values than the "Deadly Spawn" did, the producers wanted to separate them altogether. See more »

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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 »

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[after being attacked by an enormous alien mouth]
Kathy: What... the FUCK was THAT?
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As soon as the end credits finish, the words "Don't try it, Gary" appear. See more »

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The Ultimate "Home-Made" Horror Movie
3 October 2003 | by See 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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