Deadly Spawn (1983)

James / October 9th, 2012


Monster Madness 80’s-A-Thon! James reviews “The Deadly Spawn” (1983)
Mankind vs. the ultimate eating machine!


  • leon

    October 9, 2012 at 2:03 am


  • leon

    October 9, 2012 at 2:03 am


  • LordPindar

    October 9, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Aaah, nice. My favorite review of this year’s Monster Madness. Somehow evokes those feelings of 80s nostalgia, and that’s what this site is all about for me. Thanks man

  • Sardaukar Prime

    October 9, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Another flick I remember watching late night on cable.

    Oh cmon,that kid IS James!

    Seriously,the idea of a monstrous entity that grows without control first appered in H.P Lovecraft’s classic horror tale The Dunwhich Horror. And the monster from this flicks looks damn good. Or at least better than the ridiculous space monkey from Nightbeast.

    Come to think of it,James should do a new Top Ten list: Top Teh Most Shitty-Looiking Monsters (and NO,you can’t include the Giant Claw again!).

  • TehJedicake

    October 9, 2012 at 2:48 am

    Shit man, I gotta watch this, seems really impressive.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    October 9, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Wow, 20 hundred buck to make this?

    This i better then most 10 milions horror movies of todays. Amazing, the effect are really great and the fact that it’s like a big family film, not for families done by a family, show how can passion do real good.

    Gonna watch this for sure this week.

  • PresidentJenkins

    October 9, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Very cool looking gore effects and I do dig the kid. I do wish they went for a Little Shop of Horrors type of movie where the kid and the alien can communicate, become friends, and do each other solids. Just so happens that the alien’s idea of a solid is getting fed human flesh.

  • Mickael

    October 9, 2012 at 4:43 am

    I wonder how often cast and crew members contact James to tell him how much they appreciate the positive reviews of these forgotten “treasures” that were for the most part poorly received during their release.

  • Iron65

    October 9, 2012 at 4:51 am

    One of the first comments !… It’s good to know that many people were really working on making this horror films and most of them rejected to the audiences… Once you appreciate the movie you will really know talented and good can be!! …Nice review James , pura vida y gracias por el día de hoy! And by the way, farts?? Did her anus exploded or something? xD

  • Devil_Rising

    October 9, 2012 at 5:19 am

    I will never understand why some people on the internet actually give a flying shit about being the “FIRST” to reply to a post……

    One of many things that make me sad for humanity.

  • Griff

    October 9, 2012 at 5:29 am

    the monster reminds me of The Langoliers

  • Christer86

    October 9, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Was thinking of re-watching this movie one of these days. Nice review as always James. You are truly a horror movie fan like me and so many more in this huge world. Keep up the good reviews =)

  • Gorey O' Rotten

    October 9, 2012 at 5:50 am

    I love seeing reviews on movies I have obtained and thought to be unknown to everyone, which is pretty much every review this year 🙂 Keep up the good work.

  • October 9, 2012 at 6:02 am

    That’s some mighty impressive effects for such a small budget.

    Makes me really hopeful that the effects in the AVGN movie are going to look really nice too.

  • Cilliandrew

    October 9, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Really cool review, this time.

  • PhantomExdeath

    October 9, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Damn they worked some magic with that 20k! Makes me wonder if studios today are just lazy with garbage looking CGI effects.

  • Dolly Dagger

    October 9, 2012 at 8:19 am

    To be fair, if the guy worked on Star Wars, he probably had access to lots of stuff and people that he could get for free or cheap (not to mention if he owned the set and the main actor was his kid, those are two freebies right there). But still, the gore does look amazing.

  • October 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I watched this for the first time just a couple of days ago. It was on SyFy here in the UK, and I have to say I was pretty impressed… especially since I thought it was going to be unwatchable. I loved it! Great review too!

  • Ace

    October 9, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Never heard of this one, but is obviously a cheesy horror movie made by people who love cheesy, as well as classic, horror movies. When creators have respect and knowledge of the gendre they are creating for, the end result is almost always entertaining.

  • MushFarmer

    October 9, 2012 at 9:53 am

    FUCK Your ET popup ad page that plays right when the main video starts. That is some bullshit advertising

  • RX_79

    October 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

    this movie looks cool

  • Bassie02

    October 9, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I believe I never saw gore as grotesque and nasty as in this movie. And I reguraly watch horror flicks.

  • TagaZok

    October 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I’m a gore hound just wanna see the movie for the gore and blood !

  • TagaZok

    October 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm


  • TagaZok

    October 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    second test

  • Svetli

    October 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    is the kid have the Tedzuo cape from Akira at one point ?

  • Dan

    October 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Am I the only one seeing the mandatory overlapping Heineken ad? Springboard sucks…

  • asnaes1981

    October 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    The aliens remind me of the Boreworm enemies from Splatterhouse!

  • Xiaochi

    October 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    @Svetli Unlikely since Akira the film came out in 1988, this film was from 1983.

  • NintenDylan

    October 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Compared to the budget “Birdemic” had in 2010, this looks so much better than it by a long shot.

  • ZDWario

    October 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Yeah I though boreworms too.

  • Fredmonster

    October 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    did you know that the sound you re playing in the background, taken from the movie, inspired the KILLERS song “SMILE LIKE YOU MEAN IT”, i ll send You the link with the interview quote, should there be any doubts, just listen to it….

  • AG_Awesome

    October 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Loving these reviews. Im curious to know if James has ever seen Waxworks, IMHO the best “unknown” 80s horror movie made.

  • AG_Awesome

    October 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm


  • Pule54

    October 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    lol. in the opening animation, Frankenstein’s monster and the mummy are wearing closed sunglasses!

  • lowlight

    October 10, 2012 at 2:23 am

    James I hope you do “THE PIT” (1981).. if it’s not too late please consider adding it! Scared the shit out of me back then, and I haven’t gotten the chance to see it again

  • 4thtroika

    October 10, 2012 at 2:48 am

    I remember seeing an article about this movie in some magazine. I also saw it in my local video store but pased on it. Shame on me. They called it The Return of the Alien’s Deadly Spawn for some reason, and I thought it was a sequel.

  • Kerveros

    October 10, 2012 at 5:35 am

    This movie was directly referenced in the Cult game “Deadly Premonition”.

  • RobSlowick

    October 10, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Please review “Leviathan” and “Deepstar Six”!

    • Lukas Sprehn

      January 31, 2013 at 7:02 am

      Funny. I’ve asked James and Mike to do those movies as well! 😀

  • madballs4

    October 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Why isn’t James doing a Monster Madness everyday of the month this year?

  • October 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    So glad you’re still doing this series.

  • RobSlowick

    October 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Can you review Poltergeist and Dead Heat please?

  • metalcommand

    October 10, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    @Madballs4, he already explained. He doesn’t have the time to do it every day. We can consider ourselves lucky he’s doing a MM this year, since he’s so busy.

    @Robslowick, he already reviewed Poltergeist in another MM year.

  • madballs4

    October 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Yea, that’s true. I got depressed when I finished watching all of his videos. I’m just glad he still makes them. Can’t wait till he’s done with the movie though, so he can get back to making videos, and so we can FINALLY see the E.T review, lol

  • Metostopholes

    October 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    An interesting bit of trivia: the Deadly Spawn monster prop had a cameo of sorts in “Star Slammer (also called “Prison Ship”), as an alien in an arena fight. Completely blew away my friends and I when we rented it. Apart from that it was a pretty lame women in prison movie… in SPACE!

  • October 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    From the short clips you showed the kid seems to be acting pretty natural.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 14, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Yeah the acting didn’t seem too bad from the short clips that were shown. I guess we’d have to see the whole movie to be sure.

    I think another bonus was that the kid was like a young James Rolfe, heh.

  • frostare

    October 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I think this is my favorite “the” movie you have reviewed.
    Also I thought Piranha Plants are Mario-series exclusive enemies. The real life versions are fly-catchers, venus flytraps or in horror movies, carnivore plants.

  • Aaron1375

    October 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Loved this one as a kid! Bring on the gore! I really need to buy it on dvd.

  • likalaruku

    October 19, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Glad to know I can count on your recommendations this Halloween, since has been showing the same stale tripe year after year.

  • July 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I actually caught up on this movie on YouTube. It was awesome.

  • GojiraFan3000

    January 3, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I thought he was gonna point out the Godzilla toy

  • Gary Howder

    April 12, 2014 at 2:34 am

    i know its not a 80s movie, but you should do Blankman

  • May 5, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Gore gore gore

  • Jacob Boeve

    June 3, 2016 at 8:35 am

    I have this movie on dvd, it’s fucking awesome. Cheesy, but just great entertainment!

  • Jacob Boeve

    September 28, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    A friend of mine told me about this movie ages ago, then I bought the dvd off him. I think it’s an awesome movie that shows how much you can do with little money pretty well

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