5.3/10
2,382
62 user 109 critic

Contamination (1980)

Trailer
3:12 | Trailer

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
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.

Director:

(as Lewis Coates)

Writers:

(screenplay) (as Lewis Coates), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An airplane exposed to radiation lands, and blood drinking zombies emerge armed with knives, guns and teeth! They go on a rampage slicing, dicing, and biting their way across the Italian countryside.

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Hugo Stiglitz, Laura Trotter, Maria Rosaria Omaggio
The Black Cat (1981)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Robert Miles is a psychic that can communicate with the dead. He also has the ability to control the mind of his cat (who incidentally is black). He uses the cat to take vengeance upon his ... See full summary »

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Patrick Magee, Mimsy Farmer, David Warbeck
Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lombardo Radice
Zombi 3 (1988)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

When a terrorist's body, infected with a stolen chemical, is recovered by the US military, the corpse is cremated, unintentionally releasing the virus/bacteria into the atmosphere over a ... See full summary »

Directors: Lucio Fulci, Claudio Fragasso, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Deran Sarafian, Beatrice Ring, Ottaviano Dell'Acqua
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The members of an expedition in search for the last faithful of Kito, the cannibal god, land on a small island in the Moluccas (East Indies) and are soon hunted by cannibals and zombies, ... See full summary »

Director: Marino Girolami
Stars: Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan
The Mutilator (1984)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A teenager who accidentally committed matricide finds himself being hunted together with his girlfriend and mates by his now crazed father.

Directors: Buddy Cooper, John Douglass
Stars: Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A professor opens a crypt and reanimates rotten zombies. The zombies attack a jet-set-group which is celebrating a party in a villa nearby...

Director: Andrea Bianchi
Stars: Karin Well, Gianluigi Chirizzi, Simone Mattioli
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Alien creatures invade a small town and four teenagers, along with a young boy, attempt to escape from them.

Director: Douglas McKeown
Stars: Charles George Hildebrandt, Tom DeFranco, Richard Lee Porter
Xtro (1982)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A man who was abducted by aliens returns to his family three years later, but his presence affects them negatively.

Director: Harry Bromley Davenport
Stars: Philip Sayer, Bernice Stegers, Danny Brainin
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A tough female reporter and her cameraman boyfriend team up with a four-man commando unit in the New Guinea jungle whom are fighting flesh-eating zombies.

Directors: Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragasso
Stars: Margit Evelyn Newton, Franco Garofalo, Selan Karay
Nightmare (1981)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A mental patient embarks on a murder spree upon escaping from an institution.

Director: Romano Scavolini
Stars: Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A group of tourists become stranded on an uninhabited island where they are stalked by an insane, violent, and grotesque killer that slaughtered the town's former residents.

Director: Joe D'Amato
Stars: Tisa Farrow, Saverio Vallone, Serena Grandi
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ian McCulloch ...
Cmdr. Ian Hubbard
Louise Marleau ...
Col. Stella Holmes
Marino Masé ...
NYPD Lt. Tony Aris
Siegfried Rauch ...
Hamilton
Gisela Hahn ...
Perla de la Cruz
Carlo De Mejo ...
Agent Young
Carlo Monni ...
Dr. Turner
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A New Plague on Earth Will Come from the Stars! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

11 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alien Contamination  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Writer/director Luigi Cozzi originally wanted Caroline Munro to play Col. Stella Holmes. See more »

Goofs

The uniforms worn by the police in Colombia at the end of the movie are the same as those worn by the police in New York (which also are not New York City police uniforms). See more »

Quotes

Colonel Stella Holmes: Help! Let me out! There's an egg!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Connexion
Written by I Goblin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
You can't beat the 80's
18 March 2011 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

This film is a really silly movie. It's NOT an Alien rip-off, the only thing common to Contamination and the Alien franchise are alien eggs. Any other comparison fails completely. The movie is badly acted, badly scripted, badly directed, even the sound is not in sync with the actor lips (of which some may be speaking Italian) and nothing makes any sense. But it's partially entertaining just the same. If you don't try to take an 80's horror movie seriously, you always end up admiring the effort.

Bottom line: a film that is more entertaining than it should be, I rate it 3 because it's so bad it is worth watching. The best scene: the cave mouth on Mars. Hilarious!


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
great italian horror trash mllemorte2000
Is this the flick that... Psylon69
cut or uncut? madjono
Could anyone recommend some other films like this? killer_kitty
Scientology reference? poultrygeist2
mini fansite mr_brightside_1973
Discuss Contamination (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?