Contamination / Contamination - Alien arriva sulla terra (1980)

3.0 out of 5

A cargo ship is discovered in New York Harbor with all of its crew members dead. On board are green football-sized eggs, which burst open and spray a lethal substance, causing a victim’s body to explode. A New York cop, Marino Masé, teams up with a military Colonel, Louise Marleau, and an ex-astronaut, Ian McCulloch. They discover a sinister connection between a recent Mars expedition and a coffee warehouse in Columbia.

Luigi Cozzi directs this low-budget Alien-inspired splatterfest, also known as Alien Contamination or Toxic Spawn, which combines elements of horror, science fiction and action.

Slow pacing and repetitious scenes of exploding bodies make the film tedious at times, along with awful dialogue. Giovanni Corridori’s exploding chest effects are excessively gory but not realistic, as it is obvious that the actors are wearing appliances filled with animal entrails. In the U.K., these bloody scenes caused the film to be listed as a “video nasty”.

McCulloch shines as the haunted Commander Hubbard. Goblin’s fantastic score is one of their finest and a true highlight of the film. Contamination is a flawed but fun ride, sure to delight fans of gore and B-movie fare.

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