THE DEADLY SPAWN at the Hi-Pointe Midnights this Weekend!
“What are those things? Frankie, what the hell are those things?”
What has three heads, about a million teeth, and gore galore? It’s THE DEADLY SPAWN, this month’s Late Night Grindhouse midnight movie at The Hi-Pointe Theater brought to you by the madmen at Destroy the Brain.com, and it’s another big-screen St. Louis premiere. This $25,000 16mm wonder from 1985 concerns a meteorite that crashes to earth during a torrential thunderstorm, bringing with it a slimy, three-headed alien beast that craves human meat and gives birth to hundreds of eel-like spawn. The wicked intergalactic fiend promptly scarfs down two campers and then goes into the basement of a house where a teenage monster movie fan (Charles George Hildebrandt) lives, eating the kid’s parents as well. And this is just in the first ten minutes!
THE DEADLY SPAWN was one of dozens of movies which attempted to cash in on the huge success of Ridley Scott’s 1979 science fiction-horror flick ALIEN but this one has a lot of charms of its own, not least of which is the creature design itself; it’s fantastic and while THE DEADLY SPAWN isn’t as polished as a big budget Hollywood effort, it’s surprisingly well made, with an EVIL DEAD-style guerrilla film-making sensibility, the product of young filmmakers who had little more to offer than enthusiasm and a clear reverence for monster movies of the 50s and 60s, as well as gory EC Comics.
This weekend St. Louisan audiences will finally have the opportunity to see THE DEADLY SPAWN in its big screen glory as part of the Destroy the Brain monthly Late Night Grindhouse film series. It will be screened midnights in a 35mm print at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Avenue) this Friday and Saturday (June 1st and 2nd).
Destroy the Brain’s site is HERE
The Facebook event page for the Friday night show is HERE
The Facebook event page for the Saturday night show is HERE