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Contamination (1980)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 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.

Director:

Luigi Cozzi (as Lewis Coates)

Writers:

Luigi Cozzi (screenplay) (as Lewis Coates), Erich Tomek (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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
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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

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They Invade Your Body, Control Your Mind... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien Contamination See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Luigi Cozzi during a Q&A, the film was partially funded by Colombian drug dealers. When the movie made money they were very pleased with their investment. See more »

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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

NYPD Lt. Tony Aris: Jesus Christ, the whole world is going to be wiped out and all this broad's worried about is getting changed!
Colonel Stella Holmes: Listen, Aris, if I have to die with the rest of the world then I want to have a proper dress on and clean underwear.
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Alternate Versions

The fully uncut version of "Contamination" was finally released in the UK by Anchor Bay in 2006 as part of their "Box of the Banned" compilation series. See more »

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From the way it starts it looked like it would be the goriest movie ever.
25 May 2003 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

This movie starts off with a bang. A ship without a crew ends up in New York City. It has these mysterious pulsating eggs aboard. The eggs explode and anything the stuff inside the eggs touches explodes as well. This movie is a take on the movie "Alien", though this one is set on earth. Like I said this one starts out with numerous deaths, but it tails off in the middle, sort of picks up in the end, but it never matches the gore level it had in the first half hour or so. Ian is good in this one as an ex-astronaut, but the rest of the cast could have been replaced. They needed a better female lead, as the one they had was too old. I listened to an interview with the director of this film and he wanted someone younger, but the producer thought they needed someone older and less attractive. He won and we have lines that were definitely made for a younger woman still left in lines like, "you are one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen". All in all an enjoyable sci-fi flick, but it could have been a lot better if the energy of the beginning could have been used throughout.


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