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Deadly Spawn
     

The Deadly Spawn

4.0 2
Director: Douglas McKeown

Cast: Tom de Franco, Charles George Hildebrandt, Richard Lee Porter

 

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A meteorite crashes to earth during a torrential thunderstorm, bringing with it a slimy, three-headed alien beast that craves human meat and gives birth to hundreds of eel-like spawn. The monster takes up residence in the basement of a family home, devouring the parents without anyone else's knowledge. The oldest son Pete (Michael Robert Coleman) is a science major in

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A meteorite crashes to earth during a torrential thunderstorm, bringing with it a slimy, three-headed alien beast that craves human meat and gives birth to hundreds of eel-like spawn. The monster takes up residence in the basement of a family home, devouring the parents without anyone else's knowledge. The oldest son Pete (Michael Robert Coleman) is a science major in college, and his younger brother Charles (Charles George Hildebrandt) is a horror movie fanatic who loves to dress up like his favorite monsters and scare his visiting aunt and uncle. When an electrician arrives to check the fuse box, Charles follows him into the basement in costume for a little fun, but instead discovers the hideous alien and what's left of his mother's corpse. Meanwhile, two of Pete's friends come over for a study session, bringing along the remains of a dead alien spawn that they found on the side of the road. Baffled, they dissect it in an effort to establish its origin, but it seems to defy everything they've ever been taught in class. Their intellectual curiosity is abandoned when they find Pete's uncle being eaten by a swarm of alien spawn, and from there on it's a fight for survival against the monster.A meteorite crashes to earth during a torrential thunderstorm, bringing with it a slimy, three-headed alien beast that craves human meat and gives birth to hundreds of eel-like spawn. The monster takes up residence in the basement of a family home, devouring the parents without anyone else's knowledge. The oldest son Pete (Michael Robert Coleman) is a science major in college, and his younger brother Charles (Charles George Hildebrandt) is a horror movie fanatic who loves to dress up like his favorite monsters and scare his visiting aunt and uncle. When an electrician arrives to check the fuse box, Charles follows him into the basement in costume for a little fun, but instead discovers the hideous alien and what's left of his mother's corpse. Meanwhile, two of Pete's friends come over for a study session, bringing along the remains of a dead alien spawn that they found on the side of the road. Baffled, they dissect it in an effort to establish its origin, but it seems to defy everything they've ever been taught in class. Their intellectual curiosity is abandoned when they find Pete's uncle being eaten by a swarm of alien spawn, and from there on it's a fight for survival against the monster.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
Released the same year as The Evil Dead, this low-budget gorefest shares some similarities with its more famous counterpart aside from the generous helpings of extreme ultraviolence. Both films were neophyte productions with shoestring budgets, both were clearly labors of love, and both exhibit a fan's respect for (and defiance of) genre conventions. The Return of the Aliens: The Deadly Spawn is an engaging, exciting sci-fi/horror adventure with realistic characters, effective acting and a willingness to betray expectations. Unlike similar films, it's difficult to predict exactly who will live and who will die. Despite a minuscule budget and grainy 16MM photography, the action moves quickly and the special effects are surprising. The alien mother, with three heads and endless rows of teeth, is one of the most unholy creatures ever seen on the screen, and though some of the spawn are obviously hand puppets, they still inspire squeamishness. The confusing title (it's not a sequel to anything) was reportedly foisted upon the film by a video distributor that wanted to suggest an erroneous connection to Ridley Scott's Alien. By any name it's highly recommended for horror aficionados and splatter fans, who will be pleased with the film's tension and over-the-top gore effects. While none of the minds behind The Return of the Aliens: The Deadly Spawn went on to the kind of acclaim that Sam Raimi has enjoyed, associate producer John Dods has forged a successful career as a special effects wizard on a variety of major motion pictures and screenwriter Ted A. Bohus has been involved with a number of low budget exploitation films.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
UPC:
0654930303696
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
R
Source:
Synapse Films
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:20:00
Sales rank:
26,439

Special Features

New, digitally mastered windowboxed transfer in the original filmed aspect ratio of 1.33:1; Two audio commentaries featuring the producer, director, cast & crew; Extensive still galleries of behind-the-scenes photos, make-up effects, & the premiere in New York City; A comic-style prequel with its own musical score; Original theatrical trailer; Alternate opening sequence with new effects & credits; Animated menus; Outtake reel and audition tapes; Cast and crew biographies

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom de Franco Tom
Charles George Hildebrandt Charles
Richard Lee Porter Frankie
Jean Tafler Ellen
Karen Tighe Kathy
Ethel Michelson Aunt Millie
James Brewster Sam
Judith Mayes Bunny
Andrew Michaels Camper #1
Ted A. Bohus Medic

Technical Credits
Douglas McKeown Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Harvey Birnbaum Cinematographer
Ted A. Bohus Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Paul Cornell Score Composer
John Dods Associate Producer,Original Story,Special Effects
Michael Perilstein Score Composer
Ken Walker Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Red Hot Meteorite/Main Titles [4:38]
2. In the Basement [4:48]
3. Killing Me Loudly [4:37]
4. Breakfast as Usual [5:53]
5. The Thing From Another World [6:37]
6. Hands Off [7:39]
7. Losing Face [6:10]
8. The Scientific Method [6:00]
9. Two Different People [4:28]
10. Vegetarian Cooking [5:53]
11. Music Kills the Savage Beast [4:17]
12. Chowing Down [2:53]
13. Freezing With Fear [4:21]
14. Head on a Stick [4:15]
15. The Hills Are Alive [6:08]
16. End Credits [2:40]

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Deliriously entertaining B movie from the 80's that has no right to be as enjoyable as it actually is....less than stellar performances,very low budget,some wobbly effects work,AND YET! This glorious exercise proves just how far love of a particular genre can go when a group of like-minded souls come together and put their all,their heart,into a project,made over a period of a couple of years. I would defy any monster movie buff not to want to revisit this little gem on a regular basis. Given the budget and technical facilities at hand,John Dods and co's effect's work is remarkably good,with messy gore and an outstanding brace of creatures. Humour is spot on (the elderly ladies having their vegetarian buffet interrupted by the arrival of alien spawn,one in the blended sauce!),alone makes this film worth seeing,and the SYNAPSE DVD is the only way to see this film,replete with great extras and TWO COMMENTARIES! An essential purchase,and it's never looked better.