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Drive-In Dust Offs: Contamination (1980)

Drive-In Dust Offs: Contamination (1980)

The runaway success of Alien (1979) begat several imitators; monsters in space came into view again, but the lens was somewhat foggy on most of them. This is the nature of exploitation; take what you feel are the iconic (or most sellable) moments from a film and build upon those. Let’s look to the Italians, as we often do here, and talk about a film that erects an entire story around the chest-burster scene, while continually coming back to said scene. I’m talking about Contamination (1980) of course, Luigi Cozzi’s condemnation of trade relations with South America told in a sobering manner. Or, it’s *checks notes* an energetic mishmash of conspiracy thriller, grossout gorefests, and Invaders from Mars. I’m putting all my money on the latter.

Not released stateside until June of ‘82, Contamination hit the grindhouse circuit and was summarily dismissed as an Alien ripoff by people

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