production & pre-production

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CANDIDS!

BELOW:

The director checks out framing

RIGHT:

from the publicity machine, Charles in peril

BELOW:

pre-production poloroids

ABOVE and BELOW, right:

The director cases the joint...

BELOW, left:

On the set for the very first scene shot: (l.-r.) producer, director, actor...

BELOW:

The director makes up James Brewster for a scene early in the film (Elissa Neil at left)...

....and LEFT:

Richard Lee Porter for one of the final scenes

PRE-PRODUCTION AND PRODUCTION CANDIDS and PUBLICITY photos, 1980 (below)

RIGHT:

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)

RIGHT:

The director setting up the "leper" shot in Charles' room

BELOW:

creating rain (director at far right)

RIGHT:

Millie (Ethel Michelson) and Bunny (Judith Mayes) standing by on the set

RIGHT:

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)

BELOW:

director (with FX man Dods at left, rear)

Harvey, Ted, Doug; a break in filming scene 2

ABOVE:

the director, believing "more is more," adding blood between takes

ABOVE:

more publicity - the attic climax

ABOVE:

the original theatrical poster, art by Tim Hildebrandt

1983: Greg Lamberson, himself a director of horror films, at age 18, as a ticket taker at the RKO National Twin on 43rd Street and Broadway, posing (in the lobby!) with the star of THE DEADLY SPAWN