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Contamination -- A deserted ship arrives in New York City carrying its slaughtered crew and a horrific cargo: Mutant green eggs the size of footballs that pulsate with life until they spray hideous chest-bursting death. But when a government research team begins an investigation, they uncover a grisly conspiracy of murder, space monsters and coffee.
Contamination -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Luigi Cozzi (screenplay) &
Erich Tomek (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
11 June 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They Invade Your Body ... Control Your Mind ... Blow You Apart! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Fell in love with an Alien-rip off! See more (56 total) »

Cast

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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Alexander ... Harbor Authority (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Larry Dolgin ... Lt. Tony Aris - NYPD (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Dr. Turner (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Mike Morris ... Dr. Hilton (uncredited)
Angelo Ragusa ... Warehouse Man (uncredited)
Martin Sorrentino ... Black Warehouse Worker (uncredited)
Susan Spafford ... Col. Stella Holmes (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Brigitte Wagner ... Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Luigi Cozzi  (as Lewis Coates)
 
Writing credits
Luigi Cozzi (screenplay) (as Lewis Coates) &
Erich Tomek (screenplay)

Luigi Cozzi (story) (as Lewis Coates)

Produced by
Claudio Mancini .... producer
Ugo Valenti .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Goblin 
Agostino Marangolo  (as Goblin)
Antonio Marangolo  (as Goblin)
Fabio Pignatelli  (as Goblin)
 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Pinori 
 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
 
Production Design by
Massimo Antonello Geleng  (as M. Antonello Geleng)
 
Costume Design by
Tiziana Mancini 
 
Makeup Department
Corrado Cristofori .... hair stylist
Pierantonio Mecacci .... makeup artist
Mario Michisanti .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Walter Siffert .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Coduti .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Giacomo Calò Carducci .... set dresser
Georgio Ferrari .... constructor: alien cyclops (as Giorgio Ferrari)
Gianni Fiumi .... property master
Claudio Mazzoli .... design: alien cyclops
 
Sound Department
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects
Romano Checcacci .... re-recording engineer
Gaetano Testa .... sound recordist
Giuseppe Testa .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects
Valerio Mazzoli .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Adolfo Bartoli .... assistant camera
Augusto Diamanti .... key grip
Romano Mancini .... gaffer
Carlo Tafani .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Orsola Liberati .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Angela Bordi .... first assistant editor
Gisela Haller .... assistant editor
Olga Sarra .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Maurizio Guarini .... musician: keyboards (as Goblin)
Agostino Marangolo .... musician (as Goblin)
Antonio Marangolo .... musician: saxophone (as Goblin)
Fabio Pignatelli .... musician (as Goblin)
Roberto Puleo .... musician: guitars (as Goblin)
 
Other crew
Nick Alexander .... dubbing director
Tullio Lullo .... production assistant
Maurizio Mancini .... production assistant
Walter Massi .... production assistant
Hartmut Neugebauer .... dialogue director
Daniela Tonti .... continuity
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alien Contamination" - USA (cut version)
"Toxic Spawn" - USA (video title (cut version))
"Aliendrome" - Japan (English title) (video title)
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Runtime:
95 min | USA:84 min (R-rated version)
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2006) | France:-12 | Iceland:(Banned) | Norway:(Banned) (video rating) (1984) | Portugal:M/18 | UK:18 (original 1980s video release) | UK:15 (video rating) (2004) | UK:(Banned) (1984-2004) (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf)
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Trivia:
Writer/director Luigi Cozzi originally wanted Caroline Munro to play Colonel Stella Holmes.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When the first technician in the derelict ship picks up the egg, a camera Matte box is visible on the left side of the screen, dollying back.See more »
Quotes:
Hubbard:[drunk] What else do you want to know about me? How many times a week I screw?
Colonel Stella Holmes:If you're always in that condition, it's obvious you couldn't get it up, even if you used a crane.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Creation of 'Contamination' (2004) (V)See more »
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FAQ

What are the differences between the British BBFC 18 VHS and the uncut version?
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Fell in love with an Alien-rip off!, 6 June 2006
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

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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