The Deadly Spawn (1983) - Douglas McKeown

The Deadly Spawn is one of those giant alien monster movies that TerrorVision was so good at making fun of. It's cheap, it's confusing and it's full of gore. Unfortunately, it has good effects that suffer from underfunding. Much like 90% of everything horror that was put to celluloid during this era. It's just a part of the eighties. Bad movies that became cult classics. 

A meteorite crash lands on earth. Attached are man-eating alien parasites, that make their way to a nearby house on the outskirts of some town. They hide in the basement, growing larger and eventually maturing into a full blown giant monster. This thing brings chaos with it. Everyone is attacked by these arm-length worm like creatures with giant teeth. They even attack some random meeting of like eight old ladies just trying to enjoy tea. It's bloody. A woman has her face ripped off, people are devoured whole and the old women being bitten to shit by these things are just a few examples of the violence and gore. 

The filmmaker had been inspired by some National Geographic story about seed pods unearthed in Antarctica or something like that. It's interesting that he had been inspired by that small event to make such a crazy giant monster movie. They didn't have much money and this showed. Just about everything is suffering from this lack of funds. This includes the effects department. But that just adds to the charm. This is where cult classics come from. 

While this movie is portrayed as more down to earth, you can't help but laugh. It's just so bad, it's good. I really enjoyed watching the horrible actors getting ingested by this giant blob of flesh with massive teeth. I loved the wormites too. This was all around a good cheap monster flick. 

Directed by

Douglas McKeown

Produced by

Ted A. Bohus

John Dods

Tim Hildebrandt

Written by

Douglas McKeown


Charles George Hildebrandt

Tom DeFranco

Richard Lee Porter

Jean Tafler

Karen Tighe

James Brewster

Elissa Neil

Ethel Michelson

John Schmerling

Music by

Paul Cornell

Michael Perilstein

Kenneth Walker


Harvey M. Birnbaum

Edited by

Marc Harwood

Distributed by

21st Century Film Corporation

Release dates

April 22, 1983

Running time

78 min


United States