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Contaminazione - Alien Arriva sulla Terra

Astaron - Brut des Schreckens / Alien Contamination / Toxic Spawn / Contamination: Alien on Earth / Aliendrome

Italy/West Germany 1980
produced by
Claudio Mancini for Alex Cinematografica, Barthonia Film, Lisa Film
directed by Luigi Cozzi (as Lewis Coates)
starring Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Masé, Siegfried Rauch, Gisela Hahn, Carlo De Mejo, Carlo Monni, Mike Morris, Angelo Ragusa, Martin Sorrentino, Brigitte Wagner
story by Luigi Cozzi (as Lewis Coates), screenplay by Luigi Cozzi (as Lewis Coates), Erich Tomek, music by Goblin, special effects by Giovanni Corridori

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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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, Colonel 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 astronaut on Mars with Hubbard who was instrumental for Hubbard's discharge claiming there had never been any eggs. Hubbard was thought dead, but apparently he has faked his own death and is under the influence of Martian being Cyclops, which apparently prepares the earth for Martian invasion. Problem is that Hamilton, his right hand woman Perla (Gisela Hahn), and his small army of "coffee workers" manage to apprehend Stella and Aris.

Meanwhile, Hubbard flies over the area in a small airplane, and gets a good view of the plantations where the eggs are actually grown - but then his airplane has engine troubles ...

Could this mean the end of the world already?


During his career, director Luigi Cozzi made quite a few very enjoyable movies (if enjoyable for very different reasons), from the sadly under-appreciated thriller The Killer Must Kill Again to the cheapo-special effects-filled sci fi hommage Star Crash to the hilarious Hercules-films starring Lou Ferrigno. 

Contamination, one has to admit, cannot live up to these other movies, it's a much more routine genre movie, soaked in blood and covered in guts, as was the flavour of the day, and  quite obviously influenced by Alien with shades of Zombie Flesh Eaters - never achieving the impact of either of these films. But that said, there's still plenty to like about the film, especially for retro genre fans, from the wooden but slightly self-ironic performances of the leads to the wonderfully designed 1950's style monster to the many very competently and gruesomely executed special effects.

So no, it's no classic ... but if you're into 80s sci fi/horror, you'll very probably find yourself liking it nevertheless!


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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