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Directed by: Luigi Cozzi

Produced by: Charles Mancini

Written by: Lewis Coates, Erich Tomek

Starring: Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau

Music by: Goblin, Agostino Marangolo, Fabio Pignatelli

Cinematography: Joseph Pinori

Editing by: Nino Baragli

Studio: Alex Cinematografica, Barthonia Film, Lisa-Film

Distributed by: The Cannon Group

Release date(s): August 2, 1980

Running time: 95 Min.

Country: Italy, West Germany

Language: Italian


A large ship drifts into New York Harbor, seemingly abandoned. The ship is discovered to be carrying large containers of coffee, hidden inside of which are a series of football-sized green eggs. The crew sent in to explore the ghost ship find the mutilated remains of the former crew gathered in one place, and they soon discover the reason why: when heated up enough, the green eggs explode, spraying a viscous liquid over everything. The liquid is toxic to living creatures, and causes the body to immediately explode.

The military’s answer to this phenomenon is Colonel Stella Holmes (Marleau). She establishes a link between the green eggs and a recent mission to Mars that ended badly for the two astronauts who descended to the planet. One of them disappeared, and the other, Commander Hubbard (McCulloch), had a breakdown and subsequently became an alcoholic. When pressed, Hubbard agrees to help Holmes in her investigation of the insidious plot to bring the deadly eggs to Manhattan, and it takes them, along with sarcastic New York cop Tony Aris (Masé), to a Colombian coffee plantation. All is not as it seems; Hubbard’s former astronaut colleague is apparently alive and well and living under the influence of a monstrous alien cyclops, which is using mind control to further its plot to flood the world with the green eggs and wipe out human life on Earth.

After the Video Recordings Act, Contamination (as it is known in the United Kingdom) was classed as a video nasty. Specifically, the film includes graphic depictions of human bodies exploding violently in slow motion, as well as the grisly remains of such explosions. While the explosion effects are not technically graphic (each of the exploding victims is encased in some kind of bulky costume that is obviously hiding the mechanism that sprays the gore), they are extremely bloody.

Years later the BBFC classified the uncut version with a 15 certificate. It was released on video in the United States under titles Alien Contamination and Toxic Spawn, which are heavily edited. It is now available in the US in an unedited version which has been released on DVD.

Thematically, the film makes some rather obvious references to 1979’s Alien, in the use of small football-sized eggs and human bodies exploding. In some countries, the film was marketed under the title „Contamination: Alien on Earth“, which has caused some to confuse this film with the similarly titled Alien 2: On Earth. Contamination includes a large spider-like creature called „The Cyclops“, an alien who is responsible for the creation of the murderous green eggs.

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