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  • Actors: Charles George Hildebrandt, Tom DeFranco, Richard Lee Porter, Jean Tafler, Karen Tighe
  • Directors: Douglas McKeown
  • Writers: Douglas McKeown, John Dods, Ted A. Bohus, Tim Sullivan
  • Producers: Jeff Kimelman, John Dods, Jonathan Neil Harris
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Vipco
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct. 2003
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W4GA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,182 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A contaminated meteorite hits Earth, bringing the spawn of a three headed alien with it. Feasting first on a couple of clueless teenage campers, the monster heads towards the nearest town, where the carnage continues and causes panic amongst the teenagers as they try to escape.

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The Guardian

Best label 2011

Arrow

"It's often the smaller-funded labels that do the best work. Arrow has released marvellous discs of many of cinema's classics, such as Bicycle Thieves, Rififi and Les Diaboliques, but it's for their horror releases that they truly excel. The more respectable directors like George A Romero and Dario Argento get their due here, but Arrow also pull out all the stops for such (unfairly) lesser regarded Gore-teurs as Lucio Fulci and Frank Henenlotter. Blu-rays of Fulci classics The Beyond and City Of The Living Dead show that the films are far more atmospheric and better made than they ever appeared before, and for Henenlotter (with the imminent Frankenhooker disc) you get extensive extras that cover the rarely examined scene of low-budget New York film-makers and the lost grindhouses of Times Square and 42nd Street."

--The Guardian --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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I watched this film last night in Zombie Club (refuge for like-minded movie geeks with an unhealthy obsession for BAD horror films). I, like my ZC contemporaries, were mightily impressed. Vipco's presentation is awful (full screen / video quality - eugh!), but then again what's new?! The special effects, and indeed the whole film looked better than it should on its obvious micro-budget. But the best thing about the movie is the little kid (whose name I forget). Not only is he a wonderfully natural little actor, but his character kicks serious ass - better than anything the adult characters seem to achieve. If you like trashy b-movies from late 70's / early 80's, see it. But please, wait if you can, bacause apparently Blue Underground are gonna release this little baby PROPERLY, as it deserves.
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I had to watch Deadly Spawn twice in the last few weeks before being able to make my mind up about it.

Watching it on Arrow's impressive release I thought it would be different on on my initial viewing and it clouded my judgement a little, upon watching it again I really enjoyed it. As usual lots of things didn't make sense, but as a fan of low budget horror you don't ponder on these things and just sit down and watch the film for what it is. A low budget horror film with non CGI monsters (Yay) and plenty of gore added just to make the film appealing to fans of gore.

As always lots of great extras and I think 4 stars is a deserving score.
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Iv'e read a few negative reviews about the blu ray edition, but I thought it was the best i have ever seen this film, and thought it was well worth the money. I'll give it 5 stars no problem, an amazing cult classic, and an all time favourite. Also has some great extras highly recommended.
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Anyway, the movie mostly takes place inside of a house. It has more preliminary victims than most horror movies before they introduce the main cast. The house is invaded by fish/tadpole-like aliens, and a larger alien that has three mouths and two very frail limbs, but somehow manages to break down doors.

Damn, I've been staring at the screen for a few minutes now, and I don't really know what else to say. I guess that's it.

I've just watched this movie and to be honest, I don't know what to make of it. It's very weird, even by the standards of things I usually watch.

Still, I didn't feel like it was a waste of time and I was in a bad mood to begin with since sometimes my DVD player takes many attempts to actually start working, so taking that into consideration, overall I think I should give it a positive score.
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Dumb but enjoyable low budget horror. Good amount of extras.
Currently in the 4 for £10 deal so worth the price too
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This is one of those rare films from the 1980's, that really freaked me out as a kid and stuck with me for years to come. I recently bought a copy and gave it a re-watch and although it has dated since I last watched it, it's still a classic monster movie by any standards.

The plot is simple, a meteorite crashes to earth carrying some alien organisms, the creatures then descend on a small rural housing estate and begin to eat any living thing they come across. The creatures look like small tadpoles with teeth but grow rapidly into large and extremely vicious monsters, that simply resemble large mouths full of huge teeth. The creatures are completely blind and rely on sound to hunt thier prey. A group of people become trapped in a house and are being stalked by the huge mother creature with an insatiable appetite for human flesh.

To start with, this film was made on a tiny budget of just $6000, all the creature effects were hand made by the director and a few friends in their basement (a bit like how the mighty Peter Jackson started his career)
But don't let this put you off, the creatures, even today, are some of the freakiest things you will ever lay eyes on and the gore in this film is relentless. The creature effects are really good and to say they were knocked up in some guys basement, they're a lot better than in some 1980's video nasties with much bigger budgets.

But the blood and gore are where this movie really excels. There are scenes where we see a womans face being literally torn from her skull while she screams and fights for her life, eyeballs being eaten out, heads bitten off and a scene of complete carnage involving a group of pensioners. It's really twisted and yet one of those films you can't turn away from.
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'THE DEADLY SPAWN'- a review by Tim Curtis
by Tim Curtis on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 at 23:25 ·

It's always nice to come across an old B-movie at the bottom of the stagnant water wherein this type of film exists that is almost unbelievably good. Well, when I say "unbelievably good" I mean the special effects. The concoction of terrible acting and terrible, bargain bucket effects is used far too often in low-budget monster films. I believe, and this film confirms my belief, that where there's a will, there's a way. Budgets are limiting, but I don't think they're restricting. The film I am reviewing is 1983's 'THE DEADLY SPAWN'. It was made on a shoestring budget, but you can only tell when the 'talking scenes' are rolling. It's an explosion of colourful and gory special effects, in my opinion, and at times the phallic, toothy creatures are so realistic David Attenborough could be delivering an impeccable narrative over the top; in-particular the scene in the basement when the extent of the creatures is revealed. Sometimes they appear obviously puppet-like, but you don't give a damn! And if you do you should try watching Roger Corman's 'Creature From Haunted Sea', then you'll see what crap special effects are.

The film doesn't actually have a plot. What happens is a meteorite comes crashing down and this couple of youngsters who are camping go and investigate. For an opening scene that isn't original it's bloody entertaining! I'm not sure why but the film's never cliched or embarrassing. Anyway after the opening credits the 'thing' gets into the basement of the home of our main characters and the film stays in this one place. For a while it's just one person after another walking down into the basement to get done by the 'creature'.
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