Kenneth J. Hall, Ted Newsom,
Fred Olen Ray (uncredited)
Richard Harrison ... Max Adrian
Gordon Mitchell ... Dan Thorn
Jay Richardson ... Samanski
Suzanne Ager ... Erin West
Country: USA Runtime: 70 min AKA:Alien Within, Alive by Night Deadly Sting, Metamorphosis
Some movies are retarded beyond belief, and this is one of them. Incompetent on an almost
unbelievable level, everything from the acting to the effects to the head-scratchingly dubbed audio track
combine to make this a perfect piece of crap movie, suitable for housing at the Strictly Splatter drive-in
The film's intricate (meaning retarded) plot involves the work of a scientist who has been
experimenting with an aging serum that we can only assume was made possible by some ingredient
brought from space because the film opens with a shot of a space ship. Dr. Zeitman (played by a sadly
near-death and decrepit John Carradine) is the man responsible for the aging drug, but his lab assistant
Dr. Avery (played by Donna Shock, and I swear to you I thought she was a man when I first saw her) has
other plans in store. Her plan (are you ready for this?) is to wait for Zeitman to die of old age (which he
does in his first and only scene) then kill the fat scientist that works with her by letting a mutant rat that
comes out of nowhere eat his face and turn him into a zombie that gets run over by a car, and then she
plans to give the drug over to aging movie star Lynn Roman (played by Bobbie Bresee of Mausoleum
fame) because she is sexually obsessed with the has-been actress and wants to either see her regain
her glory or melt away and die...we are never quite sure what her end game was, and we never find out
because the police track her down and she blows her head off after slipping Lynn the syringes and vials
of the secret alien formula!
Okay, so we got that part out of the way. The rest of the movie is Lynn getting pissed that she is too
old for the parts in movies that she really really wants and decides to take up Avery on her offer and try
this wonder drug. It seems to work out fine, after a vicious bought of foamy vomiting, because it leads to
our first nude scene and then a shower scene, so we are on the right track. However, this movie is
called Evil Spawn not Shower Scene, so you know some bad shit is going to happen. The drug turns
sultry, ultra-green eyed Lynn into a giant insect-like beast hungry for human blood. This of course
makes no fucking sense, but hey what do you expect from a low budget sci-fi monster flick from the 80s?
Lynn goes mental, goes on a kill spree that encompasses two people (!!!) and then gets mowed down
by the police and they manage to throw in some junky "it was vanity that killed the beast" line at the end
to wrap the whole thing up.
This little turkey delivers nothing but a couple of stellar boob scenes and terrible production value.
The fact that the whole movie is so badly dubbed, like a crummy foreign flick, makes it almost painful to
watch. Mercifully, the movie is very short...almost not even long enough to qualify as a feature, either.
This bold-faced remake of Roger Corman's The Wasp Woman has a plot that is insanely moronic and
everything else to match. There is not much to see here except the tidbits I've included in the pictures
below, but if you find yourself so inclined to watch a late 80s cheesy monster flick set in LA and not
having a single redeeming value except some boobies, then by all means go out and track down the disc
by Fred Olen Ray's Retromedia company...you won't be....scratch that, you will be disappointed.