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Like many Italian exploitation films of the early 80s, CONTAMINATION begins on location in New York City. A ship enters a harbor with seemingly everyone dead on board. A group of scientists and police garbed in protective gear discover a bloody mess, as well as a bunch of mysterious eggs that look like lime jello footballs. Getting to close to these eggs could prove deadly, as they spew some goo at you and make your body combust from the chest outwards.
A stereotypical Italian NYC cop (Marino Masé) survives the ordeal and teams up with a female military scientist (Louise Marleau). She calls on a now reclusive, alcoholic former astronaut (Ian McCulloch) who returned from Mars without his companion and with unbelievable stories about deadly alien eggs. Proof has now given his tales some clout, so the three trace the strange cargo back to a coffee company in South America! After more victims explode like overcooked meatballs in a microwave oven, a 50s-style Cyclops alien appears and is basically the force behind this mad plot to take over the earth.
CONTAMINATION was released in the U.S.Read more ›
Eggs. "Contamination" deals primarily with eggs. An abandoned ship sails into New York harbor loaded with weird, pulsating pods the size of basketballs. When the authorities attempt to investigate this strange ship, a bunch of people die horribly when the eggs blow up and spray them with a viscous goo. The hapless souls coated with explosive yolk simply don't keel over and die in a nice, peaceful manner, though. Nope, they explode in ultra slow motion, with their chests and throats opening up with a bang. Obviously, the origins of these objects represent a significant threat to the human race, so the government quickly gets involved in the whole affair.Read more ›
Contamination opens with a cargo ship barreling into New York Harbor, its crew unwilling or unable to respond to radio calls. Once authorities corral the thing and pull it in, the mystery of the missing crew is solved - they're all very dead, their bodies seemingly ripped open from the inside. Of the three men sent in to explore the ship, only local cop Tony Aris (Marino Mase) comes back out alive. Having found a bunch of strange egg-like things in the ship's hold, the other two made the mistake of picking one up - quickly demonstrating to Aris the awful, immediate, and painful way in which everyone on board the ship must surely have died.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This film had the potential to be lots of gorey fun, but the filmmakers fumbled. The plot itself seems like an interesting enough springboard to launch the sort of b-movie schlock... Read morePublished 8 months ago by AJ
Wow! Director Luigi Cozzi did a darn good take off on "ALIEN" This film has a non-stop roller-coaster ride of gore. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Larry G. Boyle
A crewless ship comes in port as it is being searched I half expected Max Schreck.
Once again they (the Italian film industry) are ahead of us in alien gore, stilted... Read more
Luigi Cozzi clearly states that his intentions were to make a film like Alien. He further states that he is a fan of sci-fi flicks made in the 50s. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Einsatz
I just wish Ian McCulloch could have been in more of these types of movies! Great Plot, fantastic acting, very well written! A definite for your collection!Published on April 13, 2013 by Dave J 4051
This is a fairly lame Italian sc-fi film with bad special effects and a bad plot. It borders on campy, but doesn't cross the line often enough to make the film a cult classic. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by The Movie Guy
The idea was to start watching old 80s sci fi movies to review for my website, but this one may have changed my mind.
Low budget, terrible acting and terrible plot. Read more
Disappointed not to hear Goblin's score over the credits. The end credits were cut off. The picture quality could have been better as well. Otherwise great, gory Italian sci-fi.Published on January 20, 2013 by Elisha Megan Kenny
This film was fast paced and gory for about the first half hour. However, the pace then slows dramatically and it began to get a little boring. Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by Grindhouse and Horror
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