Alien Contamination (1980)

aka Contamination
Article 4389 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 12-10-2013
Directed by Luigi Cozzi
Featuring Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Mase
Country: Italy / West Germany
What it is: Alien invasion movie

When a seemingly abandoned ship shows up in New York, it turns out the entire crew was killed by deadly, poisonous green eggs that cause people to explode on contact. It turns out the eggs are extraterrestrial, and there is a plot to infest the world with them…

Here’s another Italian rip-off of a highly successful American movie (in this case, ALIEN), but at least it doesn’t clone the whole movie; it borrows a few elements (alien eggs, an alien creature, and exploding bodies obviously inspired by the chest-buster of the original) and builds a new story out of them. That’s not to say that the story it builds out of them is particularly novel, but then, it’s not the story that is the big selling point of this one; it’s the exploding bodies that are the main attraction, and whenever bodies are not exploding, the movie has all the energy of an empty egg-carton. I don’t know what the Italian dialogue was like, but the dubbed English version is a compendium of dumb cliches on whatever subject comes up in the conversation. It’s probably a good thing that the final monster is kept in the shadows; what you can see of it looks pretty silly. All in all, it’s pretty much for fans of exploding bodies, and I suppose you know who you are.


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