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Contamination (1980)

R  |   |  Adventure, Horror, Romance  |  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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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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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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pipe used to propel fake guts out seen. 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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Green eggs that go SPLAT!
18 June 2006 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

A crewless ship that's supposedly carrying coffee sails into New York, but when a police officer and some scientists board the ship they discover the gruesome bodies of the crew and plenty of boxes filled with large green eggs. Which explode when the egg warms up and anyone who gets in contact with the substance that shoots out of the egg, explodes as well. So now the government gets involved and the surviving officer, a colonel and an astronaut discover that these eggs may be linked with the disastrous mission to Mars. The more they look into it they discover a conspiracy that threatens the world and leads them to a coffee plantation in Columbia.

Coming straight off the back of the success of "Alien" is an ultra-gooey and clunky delight of a low-budgeted Italian knock-off. And there's no shame about it stealing ideas, but it still does delivers it's own variation to the premise with a modest quota of adventurous aspects and developments that occur on earth. There's even a touch of James Bond about it in the villain and motivation side of things. Actually, the film probably leans more towards that later statement than a fully blooded Sci-fi caper. The ticking time bomb of a story is pretty much pure hokum and there's very little in the way of sense, but it's the dominating grotesque visuals and the intense gallery of cheap thrills that certainly makes this outing lively. That especially goes to the powerhouse opening half involving the first encounter of the very bright green / yellow eggs that go kaboom. A dour note would be that it got a bit too talky in spots with its thick and rather stretch out script, which constantly repeats itself. There's even a shortage of real action, but what made it a little easy to swallow was the sharp sense of irony that found it's way into the dialogues and when it does go for it's gory schlock - it does so in an over-the-top and bravura manner that you couldn't help but find it fun. The cult band Goblin lends a helping hand by providing an out-of-this-world soundtrack that pump along very strongly. While, its budget restraints might show - like the tacky looking alien, but technically it mostly comes off with decently gross make-up effects, eerie sound effects and smoothly displayed photography. The direction by Luigi Cozzi is rather low-key, but he stages some really suspenseful and boot-kicking moments. But the pacing can be quite uneven with some predictable developments. The juicy performances by Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau and Marino Masé are less than desirable, but they don't overtly hurt the film with their simple and quite daggy characters.

"Contamination" is mostly a bloody, mindless fare that equals a fine if quite nasty romp.


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