Spawn

1997

Spawn

Critics Consensus

Spawn is an overbearing, over-violent film that adds little to the comic book adaptation genre.

18%

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Total Count: 45

36%

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User Ratings: 186,073
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This thriller tells the story of the burnt, scarred, Hellspawn, who keeps performing heroic deeds despite efforts of his demon guide and unattainable temptation to return to his former life.

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Cast

Michael Jai White
as Al Simmons/Spawn
Martin Sheen
as Jason Wynn
Melinda Clarke
as Jessica Priest
Nicol Williamson
as Cogliostro
D.B. Sweeney
as Terry Fitzgerald
Frank Welker
as Malebolgia
Robia La Morte
as XNN Reporter
John Cothran Jr.
as African Liaison
Caroline Gibson
as News Anchor
Tony Haney
as African Liaison
Darryl Warren
as Security Guard
Mike Akrawi
as Foreign Dignitary
Romeo Akrawi
as Foreign Dignitary
Garrison Singer
as Anesthesiologist
Todd McFarlane
as Alley Bum
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Audience Reviews for Spawn

  • Oct 11, 2017
    This film is a lot like the punisher films, serviceable but not a patch on the source material. The film is shot like a cheap tv movie with experimental special effects. Some of the good atmospheric shots are undone by some terrible special effects in hell and bad screenwriting. The only thing I remembered about this film was the soundtrack and I give that 5 out of 5, the director clearly has more eye for the city visuals than the overall product. There is a good film here but you would almost need to reshoot half the movie to flush it out. The plot is far from interesting and we're left with a poor Spawn adaption, hopefully the reboot runs with the idea.11-10-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2015
    God this was so campy, I wanted to cry. Spawn is an unimpressive attempt to do a comic book adaptation. Don't waste your time with this flick.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2015
    Spawn is again the kind of film that feels like a cheap Ps2 game, Ok the story is pretty good even though it's not told in great detail, The effects were pretty poor and the acting just as bad, Some ok action scenes but nothing great, It tries too hard to appeal to the younger viewers which made the film feel corny and silly, Never known much about the Spawn comics so just going on the film itself it's pretty dull and lackluster but maybe fans of Spawn will like it better.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2015
    Atrocious garbage, Spawn is a poorly made B-horror film. After being betrayed and killed by his boss, black ops assassin Al Simmons makes a deal with the Devil Malebolgia to lead the legions of Hell in a war against Heaven in exchange for being allowed to return to the world and see his former wife. The acting is quite awful; particularly Martin Sheen and John Leguizamo, who really ham it up. However, the actors don't have much to work with; as the script is horrendously bad. Additionally, the sets look incredibly cheap and the special effects are cartoonish. One of the worst comic book films ever made, Spawn fails on every level.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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