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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.


Luigi Cozzi (as Lewis Coates)


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



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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


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You can feel them in your blood! See more »


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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The names of astronauts Hubbard and Hamilton pay homage to sci-fi writers L. Ron Hubbard and Edmond Hamilton. See more »


When Holmes and Aris have been taken prisoner at the coffee processing plant they are shown tied up back to back. As they speak it appears that they are unable to move and have to reach to turn their heads so they can kiss. When Hamilton comes back in and orders them to come with him they both stand up and face him obviously not being tied. See more »


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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Alternate Versions

The film was never given a UK certificate (under any titles and for either cinema or video/DVD) until 2004. The BBFC's site will confirm this. The film was available on UK video in the early 80s in both an uncut form, and in an unofficially cut BBFC approved version, though the introduction of the Video Recordings Act and the listing of the film as a video nasty outlawed both versions. About 2 minutes and 40 seconds of cuts had been made to the BBFC version, including:
  • 13 seconds cut from opening sequence showing a dead man's mutilated and decomposing body in a cupboard.
  • 73 seconds cut from opening sequence showing several men graphically exploding after tampering with alien pods. Footage includes facial explosions and several scientists exploding at the gut in lingering slow-motion.
  • 19 seconds cut from warehouse sequence showing criminals exploding at the gut after unwisely standing amongst alien pods.
  • 2 seconds cut from warehouse sequence in which remains of freshly-exploded men are shown.
  • 9 seconds cut from climax, in which man's head is devoured by queen alien.
  • 11 seconds cut from climax showing a scientist exploding at the gut after being shot by Ian McCulloch.
  • 33 seconds cut from climax showing chief villain's chest exploding in slow-motion viscera-launch spectacle. The film was finally granted an uncut 15-rated certificate in the UK in 2004.
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Entertaining bit of sci-fi/horror from Luigi Cozzi
16 August 2017 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This Luigi Cozzi sci-fi horror movie gained some infamy here in the UK for being one of the films which made the infamous video nasty list, i.e. films released on home video in the early 80's which were regarded as criminally obscene by the British authorities. Like many others from this list, it's hard to work out exactly how this one made such a notorious list, as while it is gory in places, it's quite far from being ultra-shocking stuff. It would probably be fair to say that this one takes some influence from Alien (1979) with its focus on scary throbbing eggs which explode, it also shows the influence of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) with the idea of alien mind control. A boat drifts into New York harbour with all its crew dead and mutilated. It soon becomes apparent that this was caused by the aforementioned strange eggs. Before long it becomes apparent that they are related to a recent Martian expedition in which one astronaut made odd claims about a cave full of eggs. The authorities get in touch with this now alcoholic ex-astronaut and a small team head to South America in search of the origin of the shipment of deadly eggs.

You wouldn't describe this as a stellar example of Italian horror but, for me, it is a perfectly entertaining one. The story-line, while influenced by other films, is distinctive enough to stand on its own, while the gory effects were executed well enough and kept things interesting. There was some attempt at generating tension with a suspenseful scene in a bathroom where a woman is trapped in the small room with a pulsating egg. While the final scenes with the cyclops were good enough too. Aside from its video nasty status, the film is perhaps best known nowadays form featuring a score from soundtrack legends Goblin. Its maybe not up to the standard of the work they did for Dario Argento but it is still very good nevertheless and adds some class to proceedings. It's hardly an actors film but it was good to see regular of Italian exploitation movies Ian McCulloch (Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)) appear as the bitter astronaut. Overall, you could do worse than check out this bit of sci-fi/ horror hokum.

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