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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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A New Plague on Earth Will Come from the Stars! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Colonel Stella Holmes: Help! Let me out! There's an egg!
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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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Referenced in The Tony Blair Witch Project (2000) See more »

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Connexion
Written by I Goblin
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Exploding Bodies (that's cool)
1 December 2005 | by CMRKeyboadistSee all my reviews

I first heard of this film from a friend of mine. He owns a very old copy of this movie that was not called "Contamination" but called "Alien Contamination". So, he let me borrow this flick one night and I was rather disappointed at first. The gore and exploding stomaches were heavily cut out and the story really isn't worth watching without it. I finally got a copy of this film that is fully uncut and it is much better. Of course the story line is quite simple. A ship is found with some extremely mangled bodies on board and some eggs that look similar to the eggs from the movie "Alien" only much smaller and when picked up they explode causing anyone around to basically explode from the inside. So you can only imagine where the story line is going from here. Great gore effects, "Zombi 2's" Ian McColluch and a good score by "The Goblins" make this a descent Italian horror flick. I enjoyed it and I think most fans of the genre will. And by the way, other than the exploding eggs, this movie is in no way like "Alien". Many people call this movie another "Alien" ripoff, but this movie is not anything like it.


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