Tuesday, March 14, 2006

"Contamination" review

Contamination (1980)

Directed by Luigi Cozzi
Writing credits Luigi Cozzi

Ian McCulloch.... Commander Ian Hubbard
Louise Marleau.... Colonel Stella Holmes

Football shaped alien eggs are discovered in NYC. If any of their yolk gets on you, your chest explodes. The case leads the authorities to a South American coffee company and two former astronauts to Mars. It's all a sinister plot to plant the eggs around the world so everyone can spontaneously combust.

Sounds good right? Well, it ain't. There are three good gore scenes. All three involve the effect of having someone's chest explode. Alien gook gets on you and your innards fly out. They built this entire movie around that one effect. It's all they had. I must praise them for that. It was cool.

But if that's all you got, why not show more of it? The rest of the movie is a yawner. I was hoping for a lot more chests to go boom. Instead we see the heroes go about their detective work and grind the movie to a halt. This movie needed a lot more alien egg action.

SCORE: 1.5 out of 4 exploding alien eggs

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