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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:
Widescreen version
Trailer
Chapter Insert

Cult Video Features:
Behind the Scenes
Trailers
Full Screen version

RATINGS:
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.
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on April 16, 2015
did not play in any of my players
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on September 21, 2011
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. demi moores' 1st film; i saw this 1st in college when this came to theatres believe it or not. cooler to see this in 3d & theatre.
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on July 2, 2015
everything went great
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on May 15, 2015
It was what I expected
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on November 22, 1999
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. plenty of gore and supprise as the monsters change as they grow leaving the viewer in the dark as to what's going to happen next. I wish they'd put this out on vhs.
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on January 28, 2014
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. He also wrote a top episode for StarTrek Next Generation. Still writes
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on October 22, 2009
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
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on May 3, 2015
Parasite is an early 80's movies directed by Full moon films very own Charles Band, the movie is set in a future wasteland where a scientist is trying to destroy a deadly parasite that he was forced to create, with the help of a young girl he only has a short time before he's hunted down by his employers, the movie has some great old school monster creature effects by Stan Winston, there's plenty of blood and slime and mild gore all on a decent low budget, the cast is pretty decent, this was the first movie to ever star Demi Moore who at the time was 18 and very sexy, if you love old cult rare 80's horrors then this is worth seeking out for a bit of fun.

The movie was originally released back in 1982 in 3-D made for a budget of $800.000 and grossed $7 million back making it a 3-D success which paved the way for Friday the 13th part 3 in 3-D, and Jaws 3-D.

1982, 85-mins.
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on January 28, 2015
I saw this movie in 3-D when it came out. I love 3-D movies and frame sequential 3-D blu rays are the first high quality home standard for 3-D movies. So, why isn't this movie available on 3-D Blu Ray ? I think there are only four 3-D movies made before 2000 that have been released on 3-D blu ray. I wish they would release this movie on 3-D blu ray.
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