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12 March 1982 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Once it gets inside you, it will do anything to get out! See more »
Plot:
Paul Dean has created a deadly parasite that is now attached to his stomach. He and his female companion... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Robert Glaudini ... Dr. Paul Dean

Demi Moore ... Patricia Welles

Luca Bercovici ... Ricus
James Davidson ... Wolf the Merchant
Al Fann ... Collins
Tom Villard ... Zeke

Scott Thomson ... Chris

Cherie Currie ... Dana

Vivian Blaine ... Miss Elizabeth Daley
James Cavan ... Buddy
Joannelle Nadine Romero ... Bo

Freddy Moore ... Arn
Natalie May ... Shell
Cheryl Smith ... Captive Girl
Joel Miller ... Town Punk

Directed by
Charles Band 
 
Writing credits
Alan J. Adler  &
Michael Shoob  &
Frank Levering 

Produced by
Charles Band .... producer
Richard Marcus .... associate producer
Michael Wolf .... associate producer
Irwin Yablans .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Band 
 
Cinematography by
Mac Ahlberg 
 
Film Editing by
Brad Arensman 
 
Casting by
Johanna Ray 
 
Art Direction by
Pamela B. Warner 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Howland  (as Robert L. Howland)
K.C. Scheibel  (as Karen C. Scheibel)
 
Costume Design by
Lesley Neufeld  (as Lesley Lynn Nicholson)
 
Makeup Department
Karen Kubeck .... makeup artist
Peter Tothpal .... hair stylist
Allan A. Apone .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
 
Production Management
J. Larry Carroll .... production supervisor
Charles Newirth .... unit production manager (as Charles J. Newirth)
Joseph Wolf .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Betsy Magruder .... second assistant director
Peter Manoogian .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Marcus Drury .... assistant set decorator
Deborah Harris .... assistant set decorator
Robert Howland .... property master (as Robert L. Howland)
K.C. Scheibel .... assistant art director (as Karen C. Scheibel)
Brian Hanish .... props: biocanister (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Don Cahn .... sound re-recording mixer (as Don Kahn)
Warren Chadwick .... looping editor
Jim Cook .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Hanes .... boom operator
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bob Harmon)
Robert Jansen .... assistant sound editor
Richard Raderman .... supervising sound editor
Wendi Jill Raderman .... assistant sound editor
Allan Schultz .... sound editor (as Alan Schultz)
James Thornton .... sound mixer (as James Thorton)
 
Special Effects by
Lance Anderson .... designer & creator: parasite effects
Richard Davison .... parasite effects assistant
Roger George .... pyrotechnician
James Kagel .... designer & creator: parasite effects
Francisco X. Pérez .... parasite effects assistant (as Francis X. Carriosa)
Douy Swofford .... special effects prop designer
Michiko Tagawa .... parasite effects assistant
Alan Taylor .... parasite effects assistant
Douglas J. White .... special effects (as Doug White)
Stan Winston .... designer & creator: parasite effects
 
Stunts
Steven Chambers .... stunts (as Steven D. Chambers)
Steve M. Davison .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Hugh Hooker .... stunts (as Hugh M. Hooker)
Chris Howell .... stunts
Rick Seaman .... stunts (as Richard D. Seaman)
Harry Wowchuk .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Buckley .... best boy electric
Alan Caso .... electrician
Tony Cunha .... still photographer (as Anthony Cunha)
Warren Burke Gerrard .... electrician (as 'Burke')
Richard Groetchen .... gaffer (as Richard H. Groetchen)
Dwight Joseph Lavers .... best boy grip (as Dwight J. La Vers)
Ron McCausland .... key grip (as Ronald J. McCausland)
Woody Perkins .... grip (as Haywood Perkins)
David Smith .... first assistant camera
Michael Wilson .... second assistant camera
Terry Wimmer .... grip (as Terrance Paul Wimmer)
 
Editorial Department
Julie Ahlberg .... post-production coordinator (as Julie Bilson)
Susan Dudeck .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Richard Band .... conductor
Donald W. Ernst .... music editor (as Don Ernst)
Don Perry .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Roger Mattmuller .... technician: cinemobile
 
Other crew
Alan J. Adler .... production associate
Bennah Burton-Burtt .... assistant to producer (as Bennah Burton)
Chris J. Condon .... additional 3-D consultant
Chris J. Condon .... stereovision 3-D camera & optics designer
Susan Deutsch .... production assistant
Debra Dion .... production coordinator
Gabriel Elias .... production assistant
Richard Fezzey .... production assistant
Veronica Flynn .... script supervisor
Eric A. Holst .... production assistant (as Eric Holst)
Susan Jeter .... production assistant
Shirley Johnson .... production assistant
Michael Lacoe .... production assistant
Randall Larsen .... 3-D consultant
Steven Logan .... production assistant
Ricardo Méndez Matta .... craft service (as Ricardo Mendez)
Amy Rabins .... production executive
John Rhode .... location manager
Barbara Slifka .... production secretary (as Barbara J. Slifka)
Lisa Zeigler .... craft service (as Lisa D. Ziegler)
 

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Also Known As:
"Parasite 3D" - USA (poster title)
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85 min
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Trivia:
The gas filling station that Paul stops for fuel is owned by the fictitious XYREX Corporation that he is running from. According to the sign post, the prices for the various fuels (in this 1992 post-nuclear world) cost $29.98 per-gallon for GasOil (diesel), $35.65 per-gallon for liquid methane, and $40.57 per-gallon for unleaded gasoline. He pays $105 for his fuel in silver coins. The Merchant who stops later at the station pays an unknown amount by a platinum credit card for methane which his car runs on.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When the first gang member gets infected by the parasite, they refer to it several times as 'that thing on his arm' despite the fact that it is on his chest.See more »
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Referenced in Video Nasties: Draconian Days (2014)See more »

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Parasites of the Wasteland, 25 November 2007
Author: (Vomitron_G) from the Doomed Megalopolis of Blasphemous Technoids

Calling PARASITE a good movie is as arguable as whether or not Paris Hilton has had a breast enlargement. It's no secret that I've always had a soft spot for Charles Band's pre-Full Moon stuff. And even though I've liked PARASITE ever since I saw it in my mid-teens, I think I'm not being biased if I say that watching this movie is a worthwhile effort and it's worthy of an honourable mention as an entry in B-movie horror history set in a post-apocalyptic future. Well, "future", is somewhat of a debatable topic here, since the movie is set in the year 1992 (while having been produced in 1982).

PARASITE is noticeable for quite some aspects. One of them being that it was originally shot and released in theaters as a 3-D feature. While 3-Dimensional Photography was a popular phenomena in cinematic history during the 50's (CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, anyone?), its popularity soon fizzled out by the decade's end. Fast forward to the early 80's and we encounter director/producer Charles Band as one of the people (in collaboration with 3-D specialist Randall Larsen) who revived 3-D for a short-lived period and brought it back to theaters. PARASITE was his contribution to the sudden but short wave of 3-D features to emerge around that time (FRIDAY THE 13th PART 3, AMITYVILLE 3-D and JAWS 3-D being the most famous ones). One year later Charles would make another 3-D feature, the sci-fi/adventure flick METALSTORM: THE DESTRUCTION OF JARED-SYN (another worthwhile watch, if you ask me). The use of the 3-D gimmick is integrated nicely with the rest of the movie (e.g. during a fist-fight you can see a snake lashing out at the camera; the titular parasite creature falling from the ceiling towards the camera positioned on the ground). The two most memorable scenes involving 3-D cinematography involve one killing (a guy gets impaled by an iron pipe; when the camera slowly closes in on the hollow pipe, blood starts dripping out of it) and the parasite-creature bursting out of the head of actress Viviane Blaine (well, not her real head, of course).

The story itself is rather simplistic and sometimes moves at a slow pace, but there are a lot of enjoyable scenes to make up for that. A scientist, played by tormented-looking Robert Glaudini, flees from an oppressive paramilitary government, for which he created the flesh-eating parasite. He takes with him two specimens. One he keeps in a canister; the other creature… is growing inside his stomach. We don't get to see much of the futuristic paramilitary government, though. The only information we learn about it, is coming from the various characters our scientist meets when he's stranded in an isolated desert town (amongst them being a group of post-apocalyptic punks and a scarred-by-radiation black bartender). But... there is one black-suited (and laser-armed) villainous Government Agent (called "Wolf The Merchant" and sadistically played by James Davidson) on the hunt for him (it all leads to an enjoyable but short showdown near the end, of course). Children of the 80's will sure love the Lamborghini Countach Car he drives (complete with vertically opening doors). The acting even is fair enough for this type of movie, and another reason to watch this flick is that it stars no-one less than Demi Moore in her second motion picture role ever (although, indeed, one can clearly tell that Miss Moore was only just getting started with her acting career). She plays an all-American post-apocalyptic cutie (that even makes and sells lemonade), eventually teaming op with Robert Glaudini. A small role is also granted to Cherie Currie (Former lead singer of the Runaways).

Another aspect of PARASITE worthwhile mentioning is the work of cinematographer Mac Ahlberg. For one thing, while around the same time (early 80's) his Italian colleagues were still obsessed with getting a spontaneous erection by touching the zoom-button on their camera's, Ahlberg prefers to use slow tracking shots every now and then while equipping his camera with wide-angled lenses. His images bring a dusty and desolate feeling to PARASITE. And then there's the contribution of Stan Winston, who designed the creature and did the make-up effects. While far from being his best work (hey, the man was just getting started too), most of the effects are quite grotesque, slimy and deliciously cheesy. I wouldn't want it any other way in a movie from the early 80's.

I can understand that, to some, PARASITE might be considered a post-apocalyptic snooze-fest (with bad acting, bad special effects and whatever else they might find to nag about). But my love for it and the joy I got out of (re-)watching this slightly offbeat and rather obscure 80's gem, encourages me to be generous in my final rating. I can say one other thing too even: Once you've seen one of Charles Band's older movies and liked it, there's a big chance you'll like all his other stuff up until the early 90's too (whether he produced or directed it doesn't even matter). Reportedly, there were plans to produce an inevitable sequel back in the early 80's, simply titled PARASITE II. I think it's safe to say that, sadly, we can abandon all hope of that ever happening, in this year of writing, 2007.

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