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 »

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Trivia

Writer/director Luigi Cozzi's first script for the film was titled "Alien Arrives on Earth," making no effort to hide that his inspiration for Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) and that this was his idea for that film's sequel. Some countries also directly marketed the film as a sequel to Scott's film. See more »

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pipe used to propel fake guts out seen. See more »

Quotes

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 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 Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered - Volume 1 (2008) See more »

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Connexion
Written by I Goblin
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i WILL eat these green eggs and ham
14 August 2004 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

In an abandoned ship in Ney York harbor, coffee boxes are found containing green eggs that have the same effect as 'chestbursters" did in those Alien movies. So you know there are gonna be lots of exploiding bodies (both humans and rats) in this ultra-cheesy Italian rip-off of "Alien". It Is fun though (the begining and end, not so much the middle) if you're into Italian horror, which I am. It has a cool Goblins score as well. But why the hell would you have a shower scene and NO nudity??!!? what a waist. I'll tell you this though, the part in that "Nightmare on Elm Street" movie where freddy swallows one of his victims whole doesn't seem to be all that original now.

Blue Underground DVD Extras: 'Alien Arrives on Earth' (an 18 minute documentary); a 23 minutes interview with Luigi Cozzi; theatrical trailer; poster & stills gallery; and conceptual drawings

DVD-ROM: Graphic novel

My Grade: B-


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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