production & pre-production
The director checks out framing
ABOVE and BELOW, right:
The director cases the joint...
On the set for the very first scene shot: (l.-r.) producer, director, actor...
The director makes up James Brewster for a scene early in the film (Elissa Neil at left)...
Richard Lee Porter for one of the final scenes
PRE-PRODUCTION AND PRODUCTION CANDIDS and PUBLICITY photos, 1980 (below)
director McKeown in Dods' basement studio/workshop "riding" the large, elaborate metal armiture of the mother Spawn with its cast-sculpture skulls (designed and built by Dods and awaiting its musculature and dermis)
The director setting up the "leper" shot in Charles' room
creating rain (director at far right)
Millie (Ethel Michelson) and Bunny (Judith Mayes) standing by on the set
director, cinematographer, and crew set up toothsome shot
The crew creates a rainy day during the New Jersey drought of 1980-81 (the director wields the garden hose, right)
director (with FX man Dods at left, rear)
Harvey, Ted, Doug; a break in filming scene 2
the director, believing "more is more," adding blood between takes
more publicity - the attic climax
the original theatrical poster, art by Tim Hildebrandt