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Contamination  (NTSC) [DVD]  [US Import]
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A fun but overly talky 1980 sci-fi/horror directed by Luigi Cozzi. The bloody effects are fairly good for a low budget film but are used very sparingly, in the opening scenes and then not again until the last 15 mins or so when you also see the films monster which is also decent. The plot is quite silly and the dialogue doesn't stand up to a lot of scrutiny. McCulloch, Marleau and co. do a decent job but no more as does director Cozzi who directs the action well and does build a little bit of tension, Goblin do the soundtrack it's good but nowhere near there best, the title track is a standout. None of that really matters though as the main object of this video nasty is fun not to be taken seriously and in that it delivers the goods.
Impressed by how well Zombie Flesh Eaters had done a year earlier, Luigi Cozzi attempted to use several of its cast. In the end they only managed to cast Ian McCulloch, who is great here as ex-astronaut, Ian Hubbard. McCulloch is probably best known today for those two Italian films along with one other, Zombie Holocaust aka Doctor Butcher M.D. It's a real shame McCulloch then decided to leave Italy and return to the UK, as I'm sure many other producers in Italy would have wanted him for their films. Cozzi originally wanted to cast Caroline Munro as Stella Holmes, but he was overruled by his producer who instead cast Canadian actress Louise Marleau.Read more ›
Contamination opens with a cargo ship barreling into New York Harbor, its crew unwilling or unable to respond to radio calls. Once authorities corral the thing and pull it in, the mystery of the missing crew is solved - they're all very dead, their bodies seemingly ripped open from the inside. Of the three men sent in to explore the ship, only local cop Tony Aris (Marino Mase) comes back out alive. Having found a bunch of strange egg-like things in the ship's hold, the other two made the mistake of picking one up - quickly demonstrating to Aris the awful, immediate, and painful way in which everyone on board the ship must surely have died. That's more than enough reason for the government to quarantine the entire area and send in Colonel Stella Holmes (Louise Marleau) to figure out what the heck is going on.Read more ›
"Who is harvesting these alien hell-spores? What is their connection to a doomed mission to Mars? And most important of all, how many actors will die screaming in massive explosions of blood, guts and gore?"
Having read that, you're either heading for the checkout or rapidly moving on elsewhere.
Moving on myself, as one of a few extras (including a DVD-ROM accessible graphic novel version, but don't -and I mean don't, it's awful- waste your time with it) is a good interview with writer/director Cozzi who explains why it suddenly turns into a James Bond style thriller for the middle section, and casually insults his leading lady. The film itself was, almost unbelievably, once banned in the UK as a video nasty. I mean, what's a few exploding strap-on torsos filled with animal blood and offal between horror fans?
Other than that it's a passable time-waster but don't expect anything more that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
Picture cut to fit 4:3.
93mins long, not 97 as it says on the cover.
Poor quality picture, source used must not have been that good. Read more
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 22 April 2013 by The Movie Guy
An abandoned ship arrives in a New York harbour. When Lt Tony Aris and three policemen search the ship, they discover hundreds of large green eggs and all the crew dead. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2013 by A. J. Harrison
the main actress is very good. she gives a very solid performance
the campy policeman is excellent. Read more
This was a very odd and cheesy Italian gore flick, it was a mix of horror and science fiction and it was directed by Luigi Cozzi who now owns the Dario Argento store in Rome called... Read morePublished on 19 May 2011 by Puzzle box
Well, its all a bit clunky, but the interview with the director puts things into perspective once you realise the timeline, budget and production contraints that were being faced. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2009 by RandyAngell
Another mini budgeted Italian "Alien" clone...this one is fun though. A large freight ship is found floating empty, but upon investigation the mutilated bodies of many crew members... Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2009 by A. Griffiths
this is for the fans of the italian exploitation cinema, it is not as violent as Zombi Holocaust or Zombi 2, but as entertaining! Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2009 by Jareth Nomak