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  1. Yeti of Great Danger
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    “It’s s’mores time, bitches!” :-D

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  2. mst3kme
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    From Wikipedia:

    “After the success of his film Starcrash, director Luigi Cozzi wanted to follow it up with another science fiction film. On seeing Ridley Scott’s film Alien his producer decided he wanted Cozzi to make something similar. Due to budgetary constraints Cozzi decided to set the film on Earth, although retaining the ideas of the alien eggs and a large creature from Scott’s film, and duly wrote a script called Alien Arrives on Earth. Producer Claudio Mancini wanted to use the name Contamination, which had been the working title for an aborted film he had been developing based on the Jane Fonda film The China Syndrome. The name was duly changed against Cozzi’s wishes, with the producer also insisting on Cozzi developing more James Bond-style elements as opposed to his science fiction theme…Cozzi had wanted to use animation or stop motion photography to realise the alien cyclops at the film’s climax but was once again overruled by the producer, and an animatronic version was constructed instead. Cozzi subsequently claimed that this creature failed to work properly and would barely move, so he had to use rapid jump cuts to hide the fact that it was being pulled about by stagehands.”

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  3. Cornjob
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    I think Elvira may have shown this under the title Alien Contamination.

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  4. Sitting Duck
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    As noted above by mst3kme above, writer/director Luigi Cozzi wrote and directed Starcrash. He also co-wrote the screenplay for Devil Fish. Actor Martin Sorrentino, who portrays a warehouse worker in this film, was also in Escape 2000 as a reporter at the press conference.

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  5. Sitting Duck
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    Correction: Cozzi only did the story for Devil Fish, not the screenplay.

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  6. littleaimishboy
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    Cornjob:
    I think Elvira may have shown this under the title Alien Contamination.

    You are correct sir!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B3T97nyW30

    (excerpts)

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  7. The Bolem
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    Ah yes, does this film officially count as the first in the Alien-rip-off subgenre?

    Granted it rips off just as much from Fulci’s ‘Zombi 2’, what with the the derelict ship drifting into New York Harbor with deadly cargo that sends our heroes on a quest due south.

    I’ve only seen the PD version with the people-splosions edited out. Hope RT went uncut for this one, unlike RATS!

    Oh, and anyone who’s seen Bruno Mattei’s ‘Hell of the Living Dead/Night of the zombies/Virus/Zombie Creeping Flesh’, most of that movie’s score that you don’t recognize from Dawn of the Dead comes from this movie, just not the intense intro. I especially like the laid back part that keeps making you think it’ll turn into ‘Lay Down Sally’ at any second.

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