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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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The plot is literally all over the place, from the gruesome discovery onboard a runaway vessel in New York, to a coffee plantation in Colombia. The main characters are Louise Marleau (as a tough colonel), Ian McCulloch (as an alcoholic ex-astronaut who tried to warn the authorities of the green egg menace), and Marino Mase (as a slightly sarcastic cop who gets dragged into this intrigue).
Is this the finest example of sci-fi ever created? Goodness, no, not even close. But it is an interesting curio that kept me fully engaged and entertained. Sadly, it really only has the one `gore factor' used throughout (contact with the egg-goo causing chests to explode, blood and guts go flying). I've watched it twice. It's definitely something I'll keep to watch again. But I don't think anyone should mistake this for a classic. At best it's merely kitsch made by a fan of the genre who quit directing movies decades ago.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this as it was described as a good Alien rip off. Some folks may like it but I thought it was terrible. Proceed with caution.Published 4 months ago by mgvet
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 13 months ago by AJ
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
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
A strange, unmanned Caribbean ship approaches a New York harbor and is quarantined. Upon investigation, members of the crew are found "ripped apart" to various degrees, one of... Read morePublished on September 11, 2011 by John's Horror Corner
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