Parasite (1982)




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In this gory sci-fi outing, shot and originally released in 3-D, Dr. Paul Dean (Robert Glaudini) is a scientist living in the near future, after America has fallen under the control of a repressive paramilitary regime. Dean's research causes him to absorb an especially voracious parasitic worm, which feeds inside the human stomach until it becomes strong enough to burst out in search of a new host. In time, Dean is able to extract the creature from his body, but soon it escapes from captivity, … More

Rating: R (nudity, sex, violence)
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies
Directed By: ,
Written By: Michael Shoob, Alan J. Adler, Frank Levering
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On DVD: Jan 11, 2000
Full Moon



as Dr. Paul Dean

as Patricia Welles

as Wolf the Merchant

as Collins

as Miss Daley

as Captive Girl

as Captive Girl
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Critic Reviews for Parasite

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Parasite is lethargic between its terror scenes, making it a test of patience for all but the fanatical followers of horror cheapies.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Uninspired actors intone a banal script, reduced by clumsy pacing to a minimum of suspense.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This is a badly acted B movie without much flair for involving its audience.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

About as horrifying as Miss Piggy covered in barbecue sauce.

Full Review… | March 21, 2007

This is the proverbial bottom-of-the-barrel; it really doesn't get much worse than this.

Full Review… | October 20, 2005
Reel Film Reviews

Makes Demi Moore's later crappy movies look like Casablanca.

Full Review… | September 28, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Audience Reviews for Parasite

This early Charles Band horror sci-fi kinda reminded me of early John Carpenter films, it does have a charm about it that shines even today. Set in the far future of 1992 where the world has met an atomic disaster and is run by one corporation called 'The Merchants'. They seek to control the riff raff with a deadly parasite which they force one doctor to create, who then goes on the run with it to try and kill it.

Same factory line plot about the future and it does look pretty similar to other films with the same idea but the cast  sets it apart. The main role is played by Robert Glaudini who isn't your usual good looking type, he has a face of curiosity, he looks a bit odd, a bit regular and this helps you run with the nonsense. He is helped by Demi Moore in her second screen role before all the money and glitz, which provides a more grounded performance from her.

Its all still cheesy as hell by today's standards and it looks trashy of course (apart from the black Lamborghini) but back in the day I reckon it looked quite good...I'm guessing.

Another feather in Mr Bands cap is the fact he worked with Stan Winston in this film. Yep the mighty Winston created the parasite in question and probably had a hand in the gory effects also. Naturally this helps the film greatly as the effects and makeup are quite good, not outstanding but solid showing promise.

Actually quite a bloody film with some nice gore, plot is old and you can see the 'Alien' rip (which would of influenced allot at the time) a mile off. Overall its not bad and certainly a high point in Mr Band's rollercoaster career which seemed to move into killer doll territory as we all know...for some reason.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Why are so many modern horror films so cheesy? Honestly, this film is about an experiment that went wrong that produced oversized bacteria WITH TEETH that look more like worms actually than bacteria and whose purpose is obviously to eat people.
The acting was crap - nearly by every cast member. Special effects were some of the worst I've ever seen, in particular those involved in explosions and slow-motions. Even some pre-2000 video games have better graphics than that.
This is not a horror movie - this is a cheesefest. I only enjoyed the bit when the giant worm thing bit a guy's head off towards the end.

Matthew Ashworth

Super Reviewer

The low budget is quite evident, the acting ranges from poor to decent. Certainly not a great film, but it does have a few good scares and the atmosphere is good. The score is effective, but the special effects are fair at best.

James Higgins

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