Picks and Pans Review: The Deadly Spawn

updated 05/23/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/23/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

When will it end? Not, apparently, until the last substarlet is diced into oblivion in one of these tedious neo-thrillers. This feeble venture borrows from such sci-fi classics as The Blob and Day of the Triffids but without any of their wit. A meteorite falls to earth on a night that is very dim—a quality representative of the film both photographically and intellectually. Wormlike creatures sprout up and start to munch on anything that moves. They find their way to a house inhabited by two boring couples, a handsome college science whiz and a kid so obsessed with monsters even E.T. would tell him to shut up. Director Douglas McKeown does little with unimaginative material. The cast, which includes no one anybody will ever see again, is so lifeless it would make a bland diet for any monster with taste. (R)

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