CONTAMINATION

Luigi Cozzi, Italy, 1980, Arrow Films

“It's like a James Bond movie where a ton of people completely explode from the inside out.” -- Josh Stuart, Letterboxd

When it comes to the flattering art of imitation, few can surpass the avalanche of faux-American knockoffs unleashed by Italian filmmakers in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Originally branded as a “video nasty” in the U.K., Luigi Cozzi’s CONTAMINATION takes the premise of Ridley Scott’s classic ALIEN and peppers it with exploding guts galore and a dangerously infectious soundtrack from celebrated Italian prog-rockers Goblin (DEEP RED, SUSPIRIA)!

A cargo ship drifts up the Hudson River. Its crew: all dead, their bodies horribly mutilated, turned inside out by an unknown force. Its freight: boxes upon boxes of glowing, pulsating green eggs. It soon becomes clear that these eggs are not of this planet, and someone intends to cultivate them here on Earth. But who? And to what end?

The presence of strong women characters and ferocious pop-art gore that would make Lucio Fulci jealous make CONTAMINATION a must-see late-nite experience. When a movie opens with a credit that reads, “The Alien Cyclops was designed by Georgio Ferrari,” you know that you’re in good hands.

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Details

  • 95 mins
  • Color
  • 1.85:1

Formats

  • DCP
  • Blu-ray

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