It was a year ago that
Jeff and I sat down and podcasted together and the film under discussion that
time was the mad Umberto Lenzi zombie epic .
Proving that we only seem to want to talk on the record about completely insane
Euro-Cult horror movies we now sit down to hash out our feelings about Luigi
Cozzi's incredible (in every sense of that word) CONTAMINATION. If you have
never seen this slice of 1980's cinema madness allow our conversation to push
you toward a viewing first because we spoil the holy living crap out of the
film from beginning to end. If you have any love for bizarre movies you will find
much to love - and much to make you scratch your head in wonder. After all, when
you are watching a film that is trying to copy Ridley Scott's ALIEN but on a
very low budget there are going to be some interesting compromises along the
way. Due to budgetary constraints writer/director Cozzi had to set the film on
Earth but kept the idea of the alien eggs and a large monstrous creature from
the Scott film and even titled his script 'Alien Arrives on Earth' so you
know it has to be great. God, I miss the days of cheap Italian rip-off cinema!
So much fun! NIGHTMARE CITY
Please join the three of us under "Absolute Maximum Security" as we travel from
New York City's
sewers to the coffee fields of Columbia
to the planet Mars (!) in our quest to understand and share this amazing film.
Listen as Troy
re-titles the movie FOOTBALLS: THE RIPENING and wonders why it wasn't called
CONTAMI-GASM while I express my belief that the movie is "Nonsensical to
the point of genius." Jeff has done a deep dive and brings some
fascinating details from the graphic novel adaptation of the script that Cozzi
has produced and that is available as an extra on the new Arrow Films Blu-Ray
release. Will wonders never cease?
If you have any comments or suggestions you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll respond in our next Italian Horror episode. Thank you very much for downloading and listening!