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Not as bad as some claim it to be
on August 3, 2015
Parasite is not exactly an Alien rip off as most people claim it to be. I find it annoying how every movie about a monster with a large head or one that inhabits the insides of human is labeled a rip off of Ridley Scott's Alien. Maybe it's inspired by it, but not a full blown rip off. Sure its got similarities but for the most part it's got some originality.
PLOT: In the future, America is run by an organization called Merchants. In order to keep citizens in check, a scientist is hired. He creates 2 parasitic creatures, one inhabits his stomach; the other is kept in a capsule of sorts. Realizing the danger at hand, the scientist makes run for it, eventually entering a small town. He runs afoul of a local gang of punks, a bar keeper, and a young woman. Meanwhile he's pursued by a Merchant. The punks steal the capsule and unleash the parasite...
I first saw Parasite when I was roughly 7 or 8 years old. For years all I could recall was a catfish like monster and the film's climax. After revisiting it, I find it still pretty enjoyable. It's your standard monster movie with some interesting elements. The post-apocalyptic setting is unique and promising. The film's major highlights are effects by Stan Winston. Demi Moore stars in her first major role as well. It was directed by the legendary Charles Band, who does a pretty solid job in the director's chair. A sequel had been planned but never materialized. The score was composed by Richard Band.
REVIEW: Parasite seems to be beaten and attacked unfavorably quite often which I find quite sad. Sure it's a b-movie but it's actually not that bad. The effects are stellar and the story is fairly interesting. The dialogue isn't too bad and the acting pretty good for the most part. The characters are peculiar but fairly intriguing and pretty likeable. The desolate landscape serves as a sense of dread and doom. At times the film musters up suspense and atmosphere. I find Richard Band's score to be pretty gloomy and it suits the film nicely. Near the film's end there's pretty good twist.
Parasite was originally release in 2-D and 3-D in 1982 by Embassy Pictures and runs 85 minutes. It has been released on home video several times. In 2002 Anchor Bay released it to DVD as did Cult Video in 1999. In 1990 it received a VHS release by Paramount. A laserdisc was released by Shadow Entertainment as well.
Anchor Bay Features:
Cult Video Features:
Behind the Scenes
Full Screen version
Parasite (1982)-3.5/5- Plagued by a couple dull moments, but overall fun little creature feature.
Anchor Bay DVD-3/5-Nice transfer and widescreen format with a trailer and insert. Would've been better had it included a 3D version and the behind the scenes featurette.
Cult Video DVD-3/5-Okay transfer with some good features.