Spawn

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New Line Cinema Released 1997

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Director:
Mark A.Z. Dippe
Released:
1997
Rating:
PG-13

Spawn is the popular 1997 live action adaptation of the acclaimed independent comic book character created by Todd McFarlane, and brought to the screen by former Industrial Light and Magic effects wizard turned director Mark A.Z. Dippe (Jurassic Park). Government assassin Al Simmons (Michael Jai White, Black Dynamite) is double crossed by his sleazy boss (Martin Sheen, Apocalypse Now, The Dead Zone) and then murdered. But Al returns to earth, six years after his death. He is been re-born in the form of Spawn, a hell-born creature with supernatural powers. He made a deal with the devil to avenge his death and to lead Hell's army to destroy Heaven. But he has a change of heart, when his learns his death was a conspiracy, since it was planned by the evil Clown/Violator (John Leguizamo, Carlito's Way). His previous boss on earth is planning to unleash a virus upon the world. Now it is up to Spawn to make things right.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times John Anderson

    The special effects are effective and aggressive, although one might occasionally confuse a divine vortex with a flushed toilet.

  • 20

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    But after 15 minutes, this yellow-orange vision of spiraling circles of hell, snorting devils and demonic shapes continually morphing out of one another, begins to seem redundant a...

  • 20

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Spawn is a moodily malevolent, anything-goes revenge fantasy that relies more upon special visual and digitally animated effects for its intended appeal than any comics-derived sci...

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Creatures & Monsters, Supernatural, Satanic, Zombies,Vampires & Monsters