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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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Not as entertaining as one might like. See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Writer/director Luigi Cozzi originally wanted Caroline Munro to play Colonel Stella Holmes.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
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What are the differences between the British BBFC 18 VHS and the uncut version?
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Not as entertaining as one might like., 1 June 2014
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

This moderately amusing "Alien" cash-in, taking place on Earth, is ultimately too plodding for its own good, too short on action and too heavy on dialogue. Some genre fans may grow tired of the exposition, and regret the fact that there's just not enough good creature stuff. There IS a creature at the end, but it's largely of the endearingly silly variety. There is some delicious gross out material here, namely lots of chests exploding in slow motion. And of course there's always the spectacle of eternally cool Ian McCulloch turning into bad ass hero once again. But there just isn't a lot here to really recommend this one - that is, of course, unless you're a hopeless addict of the science-fiction and horror genres.

A massive ship mysteriously cruises into New York Harbour (this opening is highly reminiscent of "Zombi 2", which also featured McCulloch), and authorities discover that its cargo hold is full of disgusting green egg-like objects. Upon further investigation, they find that there's also a warehouse in NYC housing the things. Soon, a government agent, Colonel Stella Holmes (Louise Marleau), an NYC police detective, Tony Aris (Marino Mase), and a traumatized former astronaut, Ian Hubbard (Mr. McCulloch) travel to South America to investigate the ships' origins.

"Contamination" does have some entertainment to offer die hards, but overall one would be advised to simply revisit "Alien". (I've been told that another Italian knock off from this period, "Alien 2: On Earth", is more fun than "Contamination".) One misses that deep space atmosphere a good deal. That said, it's still a hoot to check out these effects and these performances. Also starring are Siegfried Rauch as the astronaut Hamilton, Gisela Hahn as his associate Perla de la Cruz, Carlo De Mejo as Agent Young, and Carlo Monni as the ill-fated Dr. Turner. One point of interest is a typically nice score by the great prog rockers Goblin.

Watchable enough but never really inspired.

Five out of 10.

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