(Contamination Alien Arriva Sulla Terra)
It is abundantly clear that Alien Contamination was designed as a rip-off of Alien (1979) indeed, Alien Contamination was so quickly thrown together that it managed to be one of the first Alien rip-offs to appear in theatres. As with many Italian horror films made around this era, Alien Contamination is low on small matters like plot and basic credibility. It has been construed almost entirely around either cheap lurid shock effects and/or scenes of extreme gore. Also, as was the case with Italian horror films of the era, one or two minor international actors have been brought in to sell the film abroad in this case, British actor Ian McCulloch, best known for tvs Survivors (1975-7), who appeared in several other Italian genre films around the same time.
Luigi Cozzi is a professed science-fiction fan even so, his films have much nonsensical science and science-fiction in them. Cozzi, for instance, has Ian McCulloch state quite inaccurately here that H.G. Wells envisioned Martians as flying monsters, whereas in fact the Martians in Wellss The War of the Worlds (1898) do everything except fly. [Cozzi is perhaps thinking of the George Pal film version The War of the Worlds (1953), which depicted the Martian war machines as flying]. Occasionally, there is some amusingly sarcastic dialogue, like where Louise Marleau tries to recruit Ian McCulloch to help them: What do you want to know, he snarls, How many times a week I screw? If youre in this kind of condition, its obvious you couldnt get it up if you had a crane, she retorts. Later Ian McCulloch and detective Marino Mase discuss Louise Marleau: Is something wrong with her or is she just married? Yeah, to a test tube and a whip.
Alien Contamination is extremely gory particularly during the opening scenes, which feature bodies with exploding stomachs and even exploding lab rats. Like many Italian gore films, there is little to recommend it outside of the gore effects. At least to his credit, Luigi Cozzi makes the film hum along with a degree of technical competence. He also appears to have gone and shot on location in the real Colombia (or some equivalent) during the latter third of the show.
One of the big minuses is that the alien eggs are only a vague threat. The eggs themselves have little menace, other than the opening scene and another scene where an egg is locked inside a shower with Louise Marleau. Most of the film is taken up with mundane drama about proving Ian McCullochs sanity or trailing the smugglers there is nothing to the film as there was in Alien with a nasty creature prowling the corridors picking off the cast. It is also hard to work out what biological purpose the eggs have all they ever seem to do is cause host stomachs to explode, they never actually seem to hatch or give birth. If anything, Alien Contamination looks like it started out as a drug-smuggling film and ended up being converted to an Alien copy with the injection of a handful of splatter and science-fiction scenes we even getscenes where the smugglers are seen harvesting the eggs in poppy fields.
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