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A ship has entered New York harbour manned by a dead crew, and with a
cargo hold full of crates that are supposed to contain coffee - but they
really contain some sort of eggs, which tend to explode and release a
lethal acid upon those nearby, who in turn explode themselves ...
Soon, Colones Stella Holmes (Louise Marleau) figures that the eggs must
be from outer space, and she contacts Hubbard (Ian McCulloch), the first
astronaut who has ever set foot on Mars. But Hubbard has since turned an
alcoholic, mainly because he was once unhonourably discharged from the
NASA after he reported about the eggs on Mars. But somehow, Col Stella
convinces him that he was right and everyone who discharged him (including
herself) was wrong, and ultimately he promises to help her fight the alien
eggs. So Col Stella, Hubbard, and NYPD cop Aris (Marino Masé) travel down
to South America, where the coffee originated from, and while Col Stella
and Aris make a tour of the coffee plant, and have to find out it actually
belongs to Hamilton (Siegfried Rauch), the second man on Mars who was long
thought dead but is really under the hypnotic influence of Astaron, a
Martian intelligence and prepares earth for the Martian invasion, Hubbard
takes a plane trip around the coffee plantations, but his plane crashes
due to sabotage. Somehow Hubbard survives the crash, and finds the alien
eggs littered all over the coffee plantation.
Ultimately he makes it to the plant, to find out that the monstruous
alien Astaron has already devoured Aris and now tries to eat up Col Stella
too ... but fortunately, Hubbard happens to carry a machinegun and the
whole thing ends in a shoot-out during which Hamilton is killed and
Astaron is shot in the eye, which makes the monster lose all of its
powers. And when the reinforcements finally arrive, the aliens are already
done for ...
But in the end, back in New York, an egg stuffed away in a garbage bag,
During his career, director Luigi Cozzi made a few very enjoyable
movies (if enjoyable for very different reasons), like The
Killer Must Kill Again, Star
Crash and the Hercules-films
starring Lou Ferrigno. Contamination however, a gore film quite
obviously influenced by Alien with
shades of Zombie Flesh Eaters, is
one of his lesser efforts, a very routine and - despite the many
competently done gore effects and a nice monster - rather boring effort
that contains nothing but a by-the-numbers story, an unimaginative
direction, and a disappointing shoot-out as a climax. Rather forgettable.