The Deadly Spawn ★★

For better or worse, it’s low budget horror at its finest. 

You can tell that most of the budget was spent on the special effects, which are pretty charming and sometimes gruesome. The rest of the film, though, is pretty flat in comparison. 

I don’t want to come down hard on it since it’s not some big Hollywood production, but most of the runtime is a bit of a slog. Aside from the monster-loving Charles, the cast of characters are a bore. The story is a bit of a throwback to ‘50s monster movies, but it’s not really anything we haven’t seen before. 

Still, there’s a certain charm that the film has, and I can manage to appreciate it for what it is even if I didn’t quite enjoy all of it.