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The Deadly Spawn
Directed by Douglas McKeown
Produced by Ted A. Bohus
John Dods
Tim Hildebrandt
Written by Douglas McKeown
Starring 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
Cinematography Harvey M. Birnbaum
Editing by Marc Harwood
Distributed by 21st Century Film Corporation
Release date(s) April 22, 1983
Running time 78 min
Language English
Budget $25,000

The Deadly Spawn is a 1983 horror film directed by Douglas McKeown and starring Charles George Hildebrandt.

It follows the story of a crash-landed alien that finds refuge in the basement of a house and grows to monstrous proportions, eating those unlucky enough to venture down. A handful of teenagers try to survive the onslaught of the creature and its vile young.


The film's title was changed in some places to "Return of the Aliens: The Deadly Spawn" or "The Return of the Alien's Deadly Spawn" as original attempts to cash in on the success of the Ridley Scott film Alien.

It has been suggested that the character of Ellen (Jean Tafler), Pete's girlfriend, was killed off because the actress got another job, but screenwriter McKeown disputes this. He decided early on to shatter the conventional expectations of the audience and maybe the rules of the genre, in order to justify Pete's subsequent breakdown. The horrific effect on the audience of such randomness was to be a bonus. In any case, Ellen's fate is a spectacular shock, and Kathy (Karen Tighe), the "second lead," winds up being the one who survives.


The film score by Michael Perilstein was released on Perseverance Records December 21, 2004.

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