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Contamination (1980)


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Release Date: Aug 2, 1980 Limited



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Following the surprising success of his cheapjack Star Wars knockoff, Star Crash, Italian director Luigi Cozzi was given the helm of this cheapjack Alien knockoff. An alien cyclops causes a man to cover the Earth with nasty eggs (sometimes made of silicone, sometimes close-ups of common olives). The eggs release gelatinous gunk which makes people explode, and it's all part of the alien's plan to take over the world. Cozzi, a less-talented protégé of Dario Argento, at least gets a good soundtrack


Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Luigi Cozzi

Feb 11, 2003

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All Critics (2) | Fresh (0) | Rotten (2) | DVD (10)

The one saving grace of this film is the excellent score by Goblin.

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

Pulsating alien eggs, ham acting and liberal amounts of cheese make for a satisfyingly silly sci-fi omelette.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

Audience Reviews for Contamination

Reading reviews I knew that Contamination was an Alien rip off. As far as thats concerned, well this is one entertaining ripoff. I love Italian horror films. Italians have always delivered some gory, depraved shockers, Contamination is definitely one gory film that will appeal to the diehard gore fan. The Strength of this film along with many other Italian horror films is the gore content. I thought the had a good story considering it was a rip off, and I thought the film was very entertaining. Contamination is the perfect example of a well done ripoff. The acting may not be the best, but man does the film deliver on its horrifying content.Contamination might appeal to fans of Ridley Scott's Alien, and as a fan of Scott's sci fi horror classic, I knew that what to expect in this film, but because Contamination is not a big Hollywood production, the filmmakers where able to accomplish a lot more in the gore section. Contamination may not be a perfect film, but I give it high marks for being a horrific and entertaining film. Italian horror has always amped up its violence and though not original, Contamination is still an awesome film that will appeal to horror fans.
June 28, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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私は冗談が80年代に戻ってビデオ淫乱リストにこれを配置することを言う必要がありますか?私が来るという...それはそれは暴力的なだけで血みどろの聞かせてすべての偶数ではない。それはかなりの人がスローモーションで爆発が血まみれだが、私は英語がそれを禁止することで少しのみ過ぎて反応だと思います。先頭日にこれはのみ(使用すると、15する必要がある上にこの映画を表示するために、という意味)私の国では、R - 15開催しました。







March 5, 2011
Keiko A. --Samurai--
Keiko Aya

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I decide to revisit this from after 17 years because I just finished reading the "Mangas" of Alien Arrives on Earth (Contamination). This film its self was a "Video Nasty" in England a list for prosecuting film that are violent and this motion picture got onto that list with all the people exploding in slow motion. Of course it's an Alien (film) rip-off with all the 007 elements in it too although this does have its advantages over Alien. I admit to being frightened of this film with my laserdisc called Alien Contamination when I was really young with all the dead "bodies" just littering the ground, though that version was the edited version that no-one liked. Today I have the Blue Underground DVD which has been digitally re-mastered and is fully Uncut.

I think it's funny that the movie was a nasty from England but I laugh that this movie caused some much controversy (I mean why?). It's not that violent it's just ultra bloody though today it holds a 15 rating in England but it always hold's a 15 rating here in Korea for its time and China and Japan and Thailand.

I boat drifts into NYC seemingly empty "With no one on board" so the police have a look and find the boat riddled with dead bodies of the passengers for some reason there insides were everywhere. And then they find eggs "Hundreds or even thousands" of them but when heated to a degree they explode spewing out a foul acid that makes the things it touch explode into nothing (or all over the place). So discover the eggs are linked to a mission to mars that ended badly so they get in touch with Ian one of the crew. He explains that they found a cave with millions of them and that someone might be making them here on earth

So of course it hits those 007 elements in the second half you know like Stealth, Disguises, Enemies, Deadly evil plans. Ian McCulloch to me it's a very underrated actor who can show us his acting ability very well to me he does a better 007 then Timothy Dalton. Louise Marleau is like one of the bond girls but she herself doesn't do much, like always in any 007 movie the enemies takes them to the secret layer and there they find this alien breading the eggs and it plans to devour them, were Ian McCulloch kicks down the door and starts shooting all the mind controlled minions.

The special effects are indeed bloody but not gory, I like the part were the acid stuff leaks onto one of the minions and his insides explode and come out his chest (Alien rip-off of course. And of course the hideous Alien with a massive head like a Martian (he is one of course). With all those unknowing body parts when he devours one of the people. So in all respect to this the effects are MAD there the reason it was banned in the UK and other country willing to sell it.

I think what ruins the film is its Pace being slow of course and some scene at least being fast moving. I think it just dulls down the film that's the reason I gave it a "70%". The Mangas kind of drag as well but there altered in a different way. Ian is still the Hero of the Mangas in Anime style but the Alien looks a lot different. Goblins score was a let down wasn't all that good. (My favourite from them is Hell of the Living Dead)

Look I Close this not sure there is much else to say." it's not the best Flick to come out of Italy but still good but not violent" If your not sure about the movie watch the "trailer".
January 9, 2011
Ariuza k.
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