Halloween White Elephant: Contamination (1980)

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From Brian Kelley–“Far too often dismissed as an ALIEN knockoff, CONTAMINATION is (from what I remember) a silly but gore filled Italian production. It’s closer to an INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS clone with spore aliens and pod people and all that jazz. I remember really liking it as a kid and I keep forgetting about it for a few years then, for whatever reason, I start thinking about it again. I’m interested to see what someone else I know and trust thinks of it.”

When sitting down to an Italian horror film from the 70s or 80s you never really know what you’re going to get. Sometimes they can be a bit of a chore to get through and others are gore soaked hyper-stylized masterpieces designed to blow your eyeballs out of your skull. Directors that aren’t the big names – like Bava, Fulci, or Argento – are also a bit of a gamble, but Luigi Cozzi (director of the fascinating table-turning giallo The Killer Must Kill Again) makes a fun, violent, and engaging sci-fi/horror film with 1980’s Contamination. If you are in the mood for green eggs, children smoking cigars, drunken former astronauts, a Cyclops, or exploding rats then my friend – you are in luck!

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