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Oct 31

Contamination

contaminationGenre: Horror / Sci-Fi
Year: 1980
Country: Italy

aka: Alien Contamination, Contamination: Alien on Earth, Toxic Spawn

Director: Luigi Cozzi
Starring: Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Mase, Siegfried Rauch, Gisela Hahn

 

You can feel them in your blood!

 

A cargo ship filled with green eggs drifts into the harbor of New York City. The crew of the ship is all dead and it looks like their stomachs have exploded. The police suspects that the big, green eggs have something to do with the deaths and together with Colonel Holmes they track down where the ship came from (South America, where eggs are cheap!) and what these eggs are before more people get contaminated!

Big, green alien eggs huh? That kill huh? Excellent! Only the italians (or perhaps the japanese if they figured out a way to make the eggs rape) could come up with such a thing. Contamination takes from Alien and is a cheap way to make a fast buck. That’s not always a bad thing when it comes to the italians however.

Luigi Cozzi is the guy who directed this (under his english moniker Lewis Coates. Cozzi is a very kind and intelligent fella (yeah, I’ve met him). He went into this doing exactly what the producers wanted and even added some extras that he wanted to include himself. Cozzi is not the most talented filmmaker from Italy, but he is capable of delivering the goods.

I have to give a lot of credits to the actors who managed to look serious while they delivered them. Ian McCulloch (The Ghoul, Zombie, Zombie Holocaust) plays Ian Hubbard, a strong but haunted guy who was an astronaut and saw the eggs on Mars. Louise Marleau (Satan’s Sabbath) plays Colonel Holmes. Both do a good job considering what they had the work with here. I would also like to mention Marino Mase as Tony, looking like an early version of Kramer from Seinfield.

The legendary Goblin, this time without Claudio Simonetti, shows up for the soundtrack and it’s excellent and perhaps the best part of this project.

The movie is mostly known for its gore, which also was the reason for getting included in the Video Nasties list. The exploding stomachs are very gory, although not done very greatly. It’s done a lot of times though, maybe a few times too many. I couldn’t help but laughing a lot when I saw the alien at the end. It’s a big and green one-eyed blob looking monster. It was cool to see it eat a guy though, but I highly doubt anyone will get nightmares from it.

While Contamination is a “so bad it’s good” type of movie, it’s not something I can recommend. If you take away the gore and alien eggs then it doesn’t have anything to offer. Sorry Cozzi.

 

 ★★☆☆☆ 

 

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