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Spawn of the Slithis (1978)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 21 July 1978 (USA)
A nuclear leak creates a mutant Slithis sea monster, which terrorizes the variety of pets, winos, and hippies who hang around Venice, California.

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Stephen Traxler

Writer:

Stephen Traxler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Blanchard Alan Blanchard ... Wayne Connors
Judy Motulsky Judy Motulsky ... Jeff Connors
J.C. Claire J.C. Claire ... Dr. John
Dennis Falt Dennis Falt ... Dr. Erin Burick (as Dennis Lee Falt)
Mello Alexandria Mello Alexandria ... Chris Alexander
Win Condict Win Condict ... The Monster
Rocky Fumarelli Rocky Fumarelli ... Preston, wino #1
John Hatfield John Hatfield ... Bunky, wino #2
Hy Pyke ... Jack Dunn
Daphnae Cohen Daphnae Cohen ... Helen Dunn (as Daphne Cohen)
Steven J. Hoag Steven J. Hoag ... Doug (as Stephen J. Hoag)
Wendy Rastattar Wendy Rastattar ... Jennifer
Don Cummins Don Cummins ... Rex
David Ridenour David Ridenour ... Policeman at house
Dave Carlton Dave Carlton ... Drunk #1
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A nuclear leak creates a mutant Slithis sea monster, which terrorizes the variety of pets, winos, and hippies who hang around Venice, California. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Hell hath no fury...like

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Slithis See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Fabtrax Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Writer/director Stephen Traxler wanted to do a sequel in which the creature terrorizes Los Angeles while Mello Alexandria's boat captain character hunts it down, but never could raise enough money to make said sequel. See more »

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Slithis rocks out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 December 2005 | by tbyrne4See all my reviews

"We catch that mean mother!" What a piece of 70s tripe this movie is. Bad on many different levels.

Not totally inept.

It actually could've been a fairly decent little movie, but the biggest problem is just how BORING it is. Why are these movies so BORING! I start to watch them and after a half hour my eyes start drooping. I can't help it.

I think it would have helped if they had shown Slithis in the light more often. We keep seeing him in the dark and apparently they couldn't afford LIGHTS on this movie so he basically just looks like a big shadow.

But then, on the flip side, when we do get a good look at him, the Slithis costume looks pretty lame, so I guess you just can't win.

It also might have helped to actually have a few more scenes of Slithis killing people or doing things. Or just a few more scenes of Slithis in general. The characters are flat out dull, so that doesn't help.

It's a bad sign when you start thinking "wait a minute, isn't this a monster movie?!" because you can't remember the last time the monster was On screen!!!!!

The movie isn't totally without interest. But I wouldn't go out of my way to see it.

And I'm certainly not going to sit through the freakin thing again (I don't think I'd be able to without falling asleep)

POINTS OF INTEREST:

  • the hero who has a girlfriend named "Jeff"


  • the first five minutes of the movie (why exactly are they in slow-motion?)


  • Dr. John's jaw-dropping scientific explanation of what Slithis is (even the actors look bored).


  • the turtle race peopled by throngs of shouting fans (definitely my idea of killer Friday night entertainment). Also note the girl who kisses her turtle after it wins. Yuck.


  • the guy who takes his date back to his boat where he has a shrine to himself complete with photograph and candles (also, why in the world does this scene go on for fifteen minutes? I thought I was in a different movie)


  • The funky "Slithis cam" apparently achieved by taping a balloon over the camera.


  • the police chief who looks like Ron Jeremy and acts like Peter Lorre after 100 cups of coffee.


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