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  • Actors: Robert Glaudini, Demi Moore, Luca Bercovici, James Davidson, Al Fann
  • Directors: Charles Band
  • Writers: Alan J. Adler, Frank Levering, Michael Shoob
  • Producers: Charles Band, Irwin Yablans, Michael Wolf, Richard Marcus
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006ADD9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,795 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Parasite" on IMDb

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This was released to theatres in 1982 in full color polarized 3-D and widescreen (using the clear grey glasses) and on a low budget level was kind of fun. It is interesting today as it was Demi Moore's first film. I bet she leaves it off her resume these days. This DVD is presented flat and the widescreen image is cropped to fit the TV screen. I think they should have released it letterboxed at least. The 3-D is the main reason to watch the film anyway, so this DVD isn't really worth owning in my opinion. Better to search out the 3-D widescreen tapes that are out there (unofficially?)
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I knew I was in trouble last night shortly after the credits began rolling for the film Parasite (1982) as the name Charles Band came up, not only as producer, but also as the director. If you're not familiar with the name, know that he's the man behind such cinematic atrocities like Laserblast (1978), The Day Time Ended (1980), Robot Holocaust (1986), and Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989)...that's not to say every one of his cinematic ventures stink on ice, as when you churn out as many crummy films as he does, you're bound to get lucky once in awhile...but that's not the case here. Starring in the film is Robert `Who?' Glaudini (Wavelength, The Alchemist) and a young Demi `It's pronounced dem-EE, you fool' Moore (St. Elmo's Fire, One Crazy Summer, G.I. Jane), in her first starring role (her first actual role was in a 1981 made for TV feature titled Choices). Also appearing is Luca Bercovici (Rockula, Scanner Cop), Al Fann (Curse II: The Bite), one time member of the jailbait girl band The Runaways turned actress Cherie Currie (Foxes, Twilight Zone: The Movie), Tom Villard (One Crazy Summer, Heartbreak Ridge), Miss Vivian Blaine (Guys and Dolls), James Davidson (The Mechanic), and B movie favorite Cheryl `Rainbeaux' Smith (Caged Heat, Revenge of the Cheerleaders, Vice Squad), in a minor, but certainly revealing role...

After a really awkward opening sequence, one that, I think, tried to set up how a scientist named Paul Dean (Glaudini) accidentally infected himself with a parasitic organism and escaped from a secure facility, we see him driving around in a van, stopping at an abandoned work camp, encountered some violent, mutated types.
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You would think Demi Moore's first film, the aptly titled "Parasite," would attract more attention from moviegoers. Actually, I accidentally saw a few minutes of Moore on one of those late night talk shows recently and the host "surprised" her with about thirty seconds of cheesy footage from this 1982 film. The actress took it all in good stride, giggling and squirming over her histrionic performance in the film. After having seen "Parasite" in its entirety, I would have to say Moore is one of the bright spots in the movie, a painful admission for me considering my dislike for most of this actress's work. What can you expect from a Charles Band film, though? Yep, the producer of such shlocky pap as "Laserblast," "Puppet Master," and "Blood Dolls" is the driving force behind "Parasite." As serious horror fans know, Band worked under the Empire Pictures label before starting Full Moon Productions several years later. Low budget cheese lovers have learned to adore many of Band's inept pictures; but then again, how can you ignore a guy who consistently used puppets, dolls, or midgets in his films. Band has some sort of fixation for miniatures, a mania put to good use here with the cheesy looking parasite thingies.
Set in the future world of 1992, "Parasite" tells the story of the hapless Doctor Paul Dean. Dean worked for the merchants, or minions of ruthless corporations whose goal is to turn the population of the United States into slaves. The doctor, who wrote a book on parasites, created a vicious type of organism for the merchants. Why? Who knows, but in the course of his work Dean becomes infected with one of these grotesque organisms and runs away from the merchants in order to seek a cure before it kills him.
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Parasite (Charles Band, 1982)

I only know about this pile of dung because Exodus wrote a song about it a couple of years after its release, and because of that I've always kind of half-wanted to see it; I didn't know until I fired it up that it was the breeding ground of one of the eighties' hottest stars, Demi Moore. But neither my abiding love for Exodus (and especially the Pleasures of the Flesh album, from which "Parasite" hails) nor my respect for the eighties acting of Demi Moore could stop me from wanting to pick up the monitor and heave it out the window in order to stop myself from having to watch this monstrosity. And if I could afford a new monitor, I probably would have.

Parasite takes place in a post-war future where food and water are at a premium, but life is cheap. A rogue scientist, Paul Dean (The Princess Diaries' Paul Glaudini), has fled the lab where he worked to a small desert town. Most of the inhabitants are less than welcoming, but the owner of the last surviving bar in town (TV character actor Al Fann, who last appeared on the big screen in Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!) and a local lemon farmer (Moore) don't seem to have any problem with him. Those who do include a local gang, who'd be a biker gang if anyone had gas left, and the Merchants, the evil corporate overlords who run things in this country, and who have sent an agent (Gray Lady Down's James Davidson) to try and recapture the scientist. Because, you see, the scientist is not alone. (I'm pretty sure, given the title of the movie, it's not a great spoiler to tell you what's tagging along.)

Everything about this movie is so bad that really, watching a washed-out VHS transfer is the only way it makes sense to attempt to see this film these days.
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