Spawn

Spawn

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Director: Mark A.Z. Dippé

Cast: John Leguizamo, Michael Jai White, Martin Sheen

     
 

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One of the most popular independent comic books of its decade was transformed into this dark, bloody adventure intended to launch a profitable superhero franchise. Michael Jai White stars as Al Simmons, a corrupt assassin betrayed and murdered by his evil government supervisor, Jason Wynn (Martin Sheen). Sent to Hell, Simmons is offered a chance to return to the

Overview

One of the most popular independent comic books of its decade was transformed into this dark, bloody adventure intended to launch a profitable superhero franchise. Michael Jai White stars as Al Simmons, a corrupt assassin betrayed and murdered by his evil government supervisor, Jason Wynn (Martin Sheen). Sent to Hell, Simmons is offered a chance to return to the earthly plane if he will become a "Hellspawn" ("Spawn" for short), one of many super-powered creatures assigned to encourage living souls along the path to damnation. Simmons hastily agrees to this deal and becomes a twisted, scarred version of his former self, living in a dingy alleyway, with no hope of regaining his life, as several years have passed and his wife Wanda (Theresa Randle) has married his best friend, Terry Fitzgerald (D.B. Sweeney). Despite the best efforts of his mentor, a demonic clown (John Leguizamo), Spawn performs mostly heroic acts, though he is not above seeking revenge on Wynn. Despite the film's middling box office take, plans for a sequel were announced. The same summer that Spawn was released, the comic was also the basis of a well-received cable TV series.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Many action movies resemble filmed comic books anyway, so it's nice to see one in which the cartoonish violence and silly characters are intentional. The audacious big-screen debut of flaky comic book artist Todd McFarlane's most popular creation is not for all audiences, however. Far from a corporate Batman clone, Spawn is daring, edgy, and wears its counterculture heart on its sleeve, making it a sure bet to enthrall some viewers and alienate others. With its horribly burnt, vengeful antihero (Michael Jai White); its perverse, villainous Clown (John Leguizamo, in a show-stealing turn); and its frequent trips down a fiery tunnel to the pits of Hell, it may appeal more to young horror fans than the traditionally mainstream superhero set. Hardcore fans of the comic book may quibble with some of the toned-down intensity, however, and will want to seek out the darker, more violent animated Spawn films which McFarlane made for HBO.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2012
UPC:
0794043158513
Original Release:
1997
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
2,867

Special Features

Commentary Featuring Creator Todd McFarlane, Director Mark A.Z. Dippé, Producer Clint Goldman And Visual Effects Supervisor Steve "Spaz" Williams; Interview With Todd McFarlane; The Behind-The-Scenes Making Of Spawn Featurette; Spawn Sketch Gallery With Over 200 Original Concept Illustrations; Scene-To-Storyboard Comparisons; Original Todd McFarlane Sketches; Filter & The Crystal Method Music Video; Original Theatircal Trailer; And More

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Leguizamo Clown
Michael Jai White Al Simmons/Spawn
Martin Sheen Jason Wynn
Theresa Randle Wanda
Melinda Clarke Jessica Priest
Miko Hughes Zack
Sydni Beaudoin Cyan
Nicol Williamson Cogliostro
D.B. Sweeney Terry Fitzgerald

Technical Credits
Mark A.Z. Dippé Director,Screenwriter
Fanee Aaron Set Decoration/Design
Sharon Alshams Set Decoration/Design
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Alan C. Blomquist Executive Producer
Adrianna A.J. Cohen Executive Producer
Banned From The Ranch Entertainment Special Effects
Terry Fitzgerald Associate Producer
Clint Goldman Producer
Philip Harrison Production Designer
J. Michael Haynie Asst. Director
Christophe Hery Special Effects
Western Images Special Effects
Industrial Light & Magic Animator,Special Effects
Dorn Merrill Kennison Set Decoration/Design
Michael Knue Editor
Christian Kubsch Special Effects
Robert Kurtzman Makeup Special Effects
Barry Lehrman Set Decoration/Design
Dan Lester Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan B. McElroy Screenwriter
Todd McFarlane Executive Producer
Guillermo Navarro Cinematographer
Bruce H. Newberg Casting
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Eric Orbom Art Director
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Henry Rollins Songwriter
Dena Roth Set Decoration/Design
Santa Barbara Studios Special Effects
Mary Jo Slater Casting
Jim Thornton Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis Turner Special Effects
Steve "Spaz" Williams Special Effects
Brian Witten Executive Producer
Habib Zargapour Special Effects

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Spawn 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Spawn is a great action packed film along with side comedyIt keep me into the film the whole timeIt has a wonderful cast of charactersGreat special-effects