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Parasite (1982)

Robert Glaudini , Demi Moore , Charles Band  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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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: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006ADD9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,435 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Parasite" on IMDb

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy, oh so cheesy! January 7, 2004
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars flat and cropped presentation of widescreen 3-D movie October 29, 1999
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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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I got a beast in my belly...pass the Pepto-Bismol... September 23, 2005
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't give goddamn crap about demi moore! cheese please September 5, 2010
Whatever Demi moore star in this 80s cheesefest it don't matter really! it's all about 80s schlock cheese at is best! whatever you know the world of charles band(laserblast) or the other old fullmoon studio release or your a fan of 80s cheesy films like myself you will love this! thats what i hate about all sci movies when alien came out , it annoy me when peoples comparing all sci fi to alien! and thats what i hate about sci fi- today back in the 50s it was all about fun and telling a cool story without being too serious about it! if you love cheesy sci- fi (scared to death, syngenor, humanoids from the deep, the deadly spawn- galaxy of terror- forbidden world ,laserblast,the blob,nightbeast, slugs, night of the creeps,etc..)this is for you! There is no need for anything to make sence in sci fi movies it's all about having fun and turn off you brain ! for those of you who like alien or pitch black please stay away from this you wasting your time .. soo bring on the cheese and popcorn and forget about demi moore..
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4.0 out of 5 stars of course
one of my First cousz, Alan's first b rated movie...apparently Demi Moore's first movie got her start.. she does not talk to him anymore. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Not 3D
I took my older kids to watch this when it first came out. It's only good in 3D and wide screen. Don't bother buying this until it comes out in 3D.
Published 14 months ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars "site of a para"...
or 2.5 stars for this weird 80's film. the dvd vid. quality should have been better; not enough monster action as i thought it should have by seeing again now. Read more
Published on September 21, 2011 by John Lemoine
3.0 out of 5 stars Goobers Of The Wasteland...
Dr. Paul Dean (Robert Glaudini) has developed an organism that burrows into a human host and drains it of all life. The creature can also latch on to its victims, sucking them dry! Read more
Published on November 17, 2009 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars PARASITE - Demi Moore's first starring role
One of the first of its kind, in fact I think that it had some influence on ALIEN if you watch with that in mind. Good ols schlock horror/sci-fi. One of my favorites! Parasite
Published on October 22, 2009 by B. Shaw
1.0 out of 5 stars It hurts my head that I watched the whole thing.
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... Read more
Published on February 7, 2009 by Robert Beveridge
2.0 out of 5 stars Routine at best
The setting is the California desert in a post -apocalyptic future,where a scientist (Robert Glaudini) is on the run from "The Merchants". Read more
Published on November 9, 2007 by F. J. Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars parasite
Parasite is an awsome movie with one of the very best "face explosion" scenes ever. this movie doesn't drag and is a definite "sleeper" cult movie. Read more
Published on November 22, 1999 by Tom Traggis
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