Alien Contamination

Overview

Following the surprising success of his cheapjack Star Wars knockoff, Star Crash, Italian director Luigi Cozzi was given the helm of this cheapjack Alien knockoff. An alien cyclops causes a man to cover the Earth with nasty eggs (sometimes made of silicone, sometimes close-ups of common olives). The eggs release gelatinous gunk which makes people explode, and it's all part of the alien's plan to take over the world. Cozzi, a less-talented protégé of Dario Argento, at least gets a good soundtrack by using his ...
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Overview

Following the surprising success of his cheapjack Star Wars knockoff, Star Crash, Italian director Luigi Cozzi was given the helm of this cheapjack Alien knockoff. An alien cyclops causes a man to cover the Earth with nasty eggs (sometimes made of silicone, sometimes close-ups of common olives). The eggs release gelatinous gunk which makes people explode, and it's all part of the alien's plan to take over the world. Cozzi, a less-talented protégé of Dario Argento, at least gets a good soundtrack by using his mentor's house band, Goblin, but delivers a bad film nonetheless. The director admits that the ludicrous monster was made of badly painted papier-mache, requiring 96 separate cuts to look convincing in its big scene. It didn't work.
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Special Features

Alien arrives on earth: Interview with co-writer/director Luigi Cozzi; Luigi Cozzi on the creation of Contamination: behind-the scenes documentary; Theatrical trailer; Poster & still gallery; Graphic level (DVD-ROM)
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Editorial Reviews

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This ambitious but threadbare exploitation opus does its best to combine modern gore and old-fashioned sci-fi elements but the end results are far from impressive. Writer/director Luigi Cozzi's approach is agreeably unpretentious, stitching together ideas from worthy sources as diverse as Alien, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers and Zombie, but his combination of these elements lacks the inspiration and craftsmanship to make this patchwork approach work. Even at a 90-minute length, Alien Contamination drags interminably due to Cozzi's poor pacing. Some horror fans might find themselves drawn in by the film's array of gruesome makeup effects scenes but even these moments aren't terribly impressive due to poor editing and staging that makes them look unintentionally silly. The script's ham-handed dialogue doesn't help things, veering between phony science jargon that makes Ed Wood's scripts sound like Shakespearean works and groan-inducing romantic banter that fail to spark any interest in the colorless leads. The performances are the final nail in the coffin: genre vet Ian MacCullough acquits himself well but the other performances are either inert (Louise Marleau) or amateurish (Marino Mase). To sum up, Alien Contamination fails to deliver even by exploitation film standards and is likely to disappoint even the most patient viewers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2004
  • UPC: 827058103992
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Rating:

  • Source: Blue Underground
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Surround EX
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 39,952

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ian McCullough Hubert
Louise Monroe Col. Holmes
Marino Masé Lt. Tony Aris
Siegfried Rauch Hamilton
Lisa Hahn Hamilton's ass't
Louise Marleau
Samuel Rauch
Gisella Hahn
Al Cliver
Carlo de Mejo
Carlo Monni
Martin Sorrentino
Brigitte Wagner
Technical Credits
Luigi Cozzi Director, Screenwriter
Nino Baragli Editor
Giovanni Corridori Special Effects
Goblin Score Composer
Claudio Mancini Producer
Giuseppe Pinori Cinematographer
Erich Tomek Screenwriter
Ugo Valenti Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/Main Titles [3:04]
2. Death Ship [4:53]
3. Epidemic [3:25]
4. Eruption [2:50]
5. Sole Survivor [4:11]
6. Animal Experimentation [5:52]
7. Police Raid [4:53]
8. Cell Structure [3:16]
9. House Call [5:50]
10. Mars Expedition [6:49]
11. Trip to Colombia [3:01]
12. Face of the Enemy [3:30]
13. Shower Surprise [7:50]
14. Psychic Link [1:27]
15. Café Universal [3:46]
16. Lost in the Jungle [4:35]
17. Grand Tour [7:13]
18. The Cyclops [4:35]
19. Devoured [3:34]
20. Shoot-Out With the Pod People [2:19]
21. Military Action [3:14]
22. End Credits [3:56]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Alien Arrives on Earth (18 Mins.)
      Luigi Cozzi on the Creation of Contamination
      Trailer
      Poster & Still Gallery
      Conceptual Drawings
      Graphic Novel (DVD-ROM)
   Audio Setup
      DTS-ES
      Dolby Digital Surround EX
      Dolby Surround 2.0
      Mono
   Play
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