Monday, March 12, 2012
THE DEADLY SPAWN (1983)
The first time I saw this was on a big-box VHS as RETURN OF THE ALIEN'S DEADLY SPAWN which was the distributor's attempt to link this to ALIEN as some kind of bizarre sequel. Of course this movie doesn't have anything to do with Ridley Scott's classic but it is a classic in it's own grubby way and a good example of an ultra-cheaply made, gore-added homage to 50's alien invasion monster flicks which to me works perfectly. This movie also proves that if you have just a little ingenuity and even the slightest bit of intelligence your movie can be entertaining and not look like it was shot in your parents backyard like 99% of the low-budget garbage shit out today. Heads roll, faces get ripped-off, there's a blatant rip-off of the ALIEN-chest-burster and there's a great stand-out scene where a bunch of kooky vegetarian grannies are terrorized by our monsters and our hero is a monster-movie-obsessed kid which is something I can sure relate to.
Caught this recently at a showing where the director did a Q & A and from his stories it's a pretty big miracle this movie turned out looking as good as it does. Check it out!