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Contamination (1980)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  11 June 1982 (USA)
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A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.

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Complete credited cast:
Ian McCulloch ...
Cmdr. Ian Hubbard
Louise Marleau ...
Col. Stella Holmes
Marino Masé ...
NYPD Lt. Tony Aris
Siegfried Rauch ...
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Gisela Hahn ...
Perla de la Cruz
Carlo De Mejo ...
Agent Young
Carlo Monni ...
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A ship pulls into New York Harbor with no one on board. The police find a cargo full of green pulsating eggs. Upon contact, the eggs explode spreading a green acid like substance that seeps into the skin and explodes. It is later discovered that the eggs are being manufactured in South America by a one-eyed Martian that grew from a tiny seed a former astronaut brought back from a expedition to Mars. Written by Humberto Amador

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Alien Contamination  »

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According to director Luigi Cozzi, the alien cyclops shown towards the end was supposed to be much more animated, but this was not shown due to problems with the mechanics. See more »

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When Commander Hubbard is telling Colonel Holmes about the expedition to Mars he claims the eggs were green just as the one in the photograph she showed him. But the photographs she has shown him were in black and white so he couldn't possibly know if they were green as well. See more »

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Dr. Turner: [Surveying the mysteriously abandoned ship] What the hell happened to these people?
NYPD Lt. Tony Aris: [Joking] Well from the evidence, they stopped eating in the middle of their meal, and jumped overboard.
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Fell in love with an Alien-rip off!
6 June 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Good, gooey, undemanding entertainment, directed by Luigi Cozzi ("The Killer Must Kill Again") and more than obviously inspired by the huge success of Ridley Scott's blockbuster "Alien". The most memorable sequence in that particular Sci-Fi classic involved one of the spaceship crew-member's chest exploding on-screen. If you were thrilled by that scene, and if you're a Sci-Fi / horror fan I can't imagine you weren't, you will absolutely LOVE "Contamination", as Cozzi revolves his whole film on the given of nasty chest implosions. A gigantic cargo ship arrives in the New York harbor, but there isn't a crew member in sight. It's quickly discovered what happened to them, as a research team stumbles upon hundreds of big green eggs that explode when temperatures increase, and cause to implode anyone standing near them. The eggs are clearly extraterrestrial, but they're transported in coffee cases, so a female military major starts an investigation to find out who's shipping these alien murder devices to all corners of the world. "Contamination" has quite an intense and suspenseful opening, but then it rapidly becomes the gory and unscrupulous video-nasty it's reputed to be. The dialogues and acting performances aren't very impressive, but the gore is delicious and leaving very little to the imagination. Plus, the make-up effects are actually quite convincing and professional, not nearly as cheesy as in most other and often non-Italian "Alien" rip-offs. The ending is marvelous, as we get to see the Martian monster that breeds the murderous eggs and, I assure you, it's bigger and uglier than the average earth-chicken. Oh, another great Goblin score, too!


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