The Deadly Spawn (1983)

logoDirector: Douglas McKeown

Writer: Douglas McKeown (Screenplay) Ted A Bohus, John Dods, Douglas McKeown (Story)

Starring: Charles George Hildebrandt, Tom DeFranco, Richard Lee Porter, Jean Tafler, Karen Tighe, James L Brewster, Elissa Neil, Ethel Michelson


Plot: 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.


Verdict: Classic Low Budget Horror


Story: The overall story is very basic, an alien creature crash lands in small town and tries to eat everyone it comes in connect with. A group of teenagers try to survive while a pre-teen plans to save the day. It really is all it needs to be and it works well. You have to remember this is a low budget film and tries to use shock value in its gore and effects. (6/10)


Actor Review


Charles George Hildebrandt: Charles a young horror fan who likes to go around scaring people, but when a real horror starts to happen he takes things into his own hands to help his family and friends survive the terror. Solid performance from the young actor, whose role opened the door for some of the best characters in that role. (7/10)


Tom DeFranco, Richard Lee Porter, Jean Tafler, Karen Tighe: Pete, Frankie, Ellen and Kathy. I have put the group into one as they were all too similar and all spend most of the film running and screaming while the kid saves the day. (4/10)


Director Review: Douglas McKeown – Solid low budget horror film here showing you can make a shock value gore film horror film. (6/10)


Horror: Fills all the horror tick boxes here, with an unknown threat that keeps coming and uses plenty of gore. (8/10)

Sci-Fi: Joins the we don’t know what could come from space idea. (7/10)

Settings: With most of the film being set in the house we do get the isolation, trapped feeling throughout. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Good practical effects used to create the creature and the kills. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one for the horror fans to try, you will see some references that modern films have used. (Horror Fans Try)


Best Part: The shock gore.

Worst Part: Poor supporting characters

Kill Of The Film: Bedroom scene

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has a sequel.

Post Credits Scene: Yes

Similar Too: Slither


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $25,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

Tagline: They came to Earth to feed on human flesh!


Overall: Cheap Horror

Rating 55


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