The Deadly Spawn (1982)

USA, 1982
35mm film, colour, 1.33:1
mono, English

An American science fiction/horror film directed by Douglas McKeown.

Plot Summary

A small town is besieged by hungry alien invaders.


Director: Douglas McKeown
© Filmline Communications 1982
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Executive Producers: Ron Giannotto, Tim & Rita Hildebrandt, Jeff Kimelman, Jonathan and Susan Harris
Producer: Ted A. Bohus
Associate Producer: John Dods
Screenplay by: Douglas McKeown
From a Story by: Ted A. Bohus, John Dods and Douglas McKeown
Director of Photography: Harvey Birnbaum
Editor: Marc Harwood
Music Composed, Arranged and Produced by: Michael Perilstein
Additional Music: Ken Walker & Paul Cornell
Production Recordist: Frank Balsamo
Make-up: Arnold Gargiulo
Special Makeup: Arnold Gargiulo
Director of Special Effects: John Dods

Charles George Hildebrandt
Tom De Franco
Richard Lee Porter
Jean Tafler
Karen Tighe
James Brewster (Sam)
Elissa Neil (Barb)
Ethel Michelson (Aunt Millie)
John Schmerling (Uncle Herb)
Judith Mayes (Bunny)
Andrew Michaels (camper #1)
John Arnot (camper #2)
Diane Stevens (Nibbs)
Darlene Kenley (Hilde)
Madeline Charanis (Ju Ju)
Jack Piccuro (electrician)
Ted A. Bohus, Robert Bohus (medics)
William Sorgi (policeman #1)
Michael Mastrobaltista (policeman #2)
Michael Robert Coleman (policeman #3)

Alternative Titles

The Alien's Deadly Spawn – alternative title
La Chose – France (video)
Criaturas asesinas – Spain
Deadly Spawn
Engendro diabólico – Mexico
Kosmokiller – Sie fressen alles – West German (video)
O Retorno de – A Geração Mortal – Brazil
O Retorno de Aliens – O Perigo está na Terra – Brazil
Return of the Alien's Deadly Spawn – alternative title
Return of the Aliens: The Deadly Spawn – UK
Smrtonosni okot – Serbia
Thanasimos gonos – Greece



  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.381
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A.Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.135 – credits, synopsis
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis pp.65-66
  • Nightmare USA by Stephen Thrower pp.133-146; 516 – illustrated interview with Douglas McKeown (It came from New Jersey!), credits, review; note
  • Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990 by Brian Albright pp.239-240