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Rated R
Copyright 1981 Cannon Film Distributors
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Stella Holmes - Colonel of some super secret government agency. Not only is she a mean bitch, she needs about forty years of beauty rest and less makeup.
  • Hubbard - Astronaut who tried to warn NASA of what happened on Mars, now little more than a drunk.
  • Tony Harris - Police lieutenant. For some reason he is chosen to help the agency in their efforts against the Toxic Spawn. Becomes a bloody snack for the Cyclops.
  • The Toxic Spawn - They would appear to be giant avocados (maybe really infected testicles if you have a fetish), but in reality they are vessels filled with deadly bacteria. Just a small bit touching your skin will make you erupt in a fountain of blood.
  • The Cyclops - Monster that creates the killer avocados, killed when Hubbard fires a flare into it's only eye.
  • Hamilton - Astronaut and thrall to the Cyclops, he explodes when it dies.
  • Perla de la Cruz - Hamilton's lover, until he shoots her three times.
  • Unfortunate Bastards - Pretty much anyone who comes into contact with a Toxic Spawn, they die real good.

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The Plot: 

Holy popping people Batman! Alien eggs are running amok and when the deadly juices from one touches skin the unfortunate bastard explodes like a fat tick dropped into the fire! At this point the plot synopsis could cease; I have covered the story in detail with those words.

Far be it from me to deprive you of my cerebral meanderings. Plus, I have to let you know how such a cool plot went terribly wrong. Come on, watching people splattered with deadly guacamole and then screaming their way through slow motion exploding chest scenes should be more amusing. Right?

A cargo ship is towed into New York harbor with the crew missing. When police and health officials investigate they encounter one of the Toxic Spawn. By pure luck, Lieutenant Harris is outside the casualty radius when it sprays the hold with deadly poison. Colonel Holmes adds him to the team before remembering another person who claimed to have seen these eggs before, except on Mars!

Did I fail to mention a mission to Mars had been undertaken? Maybe the film should not have dropped that plot point into our lap after thirty minutes of wondering where these things could have come from. Not that I am bitter mind you.

Accompanied by her crack team of (1) one sexist cop and (1) alcoholic grounded astronaut, the Colonel heads to South America. Following the only clue available, they investigate a remote coffee plantation. Here is the base of operations for Hamilton's evil corporation. Along with cultivating the spawn they are controlled by a creature the astronaut brought back from outer space. Can the monster and its minions be stopped? Will the film ever end? Yes to both. Hooray!

The exploding chest shots are impressive, but the movie is extremely dark. Very annoyingly so when we see the Cyclops. It is almost impossible to make out any detail besides the glowing eye (disappointing, it looked neat). Try ignoring all those problems and pay attention to the Toxic Spawn themselves. They are immobile and only affect someone who has unprotected skin contact with their fluids. Not exactly the thing of nightmares when you consider it. I am all for people rupturing like rotten tomatoes, but killer avocados were not the best choice for agents of death.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • The New York Health Department is used to dealing with people who have exploded.
  • Coffee is creepy.
  • The human body is little more than a sack filled with blood.
  • Fire extinguishers make convincing "deep freeze" guns.
  • At times being a lab rat sucks.
  • Cops have easily identifiable physical traits.
  • South American bathrooms are locked (from the inside) with a key.
  • Being psychically bonded to kamikaze eggs is not good for you.
  • The nickname for Mars is "The Cyclops Star."

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 3 mins - Must be the wrong ship, they are looking for one dead in the water.
  • 12 mins - Hey moron, ripe vegetables don't pulse and make a weird sound.
  • 19 mins - That looks like a room temperature prop sprinkled with powdered sugar, not a frozen bit of organic matter.
  • 29 mins - Those are cells huh?
  • 38 mins - It was a black and white photograph...
  • 43 mins - Hell yeah! Hit her again! Stella had you sent to the loony bin and now, when she needs your help, she starts questioning your manhood. Once more, this time with feeling!
  • 46 mins - Stock footage from some sort of tobacco or cigar festival?
  • 55 mins - How about tearing off a plumbing fixture and punching a hole in that door? It's a bathroom door for heaven's sake.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note toxicspawn1.wav Tony: "What do you think could have done that to them?"
Doctor: "I wish I knew Lieutenant, but look at the way his skin and clothes are torn. It's almost as if, I don't know, it's almost as if he exploded!"
Green Music Note toxicspawn2.wav Stella: "Don't call me babe, young man!"
Tony: "And you don't call me a young man, babe! It might not show right now, but I'm a police lieutenant. Got that?"
Stella: "And I'm a Colonel. Internal Security, responsible directly to the President, Special Division Five."
Green Music Note toxicspawn3.wav Scientist: "The first examinations all show the same results. This is not an egg, but an intensive culture of unknown bacteria."
Green Music Note toxicspawn4.wav Hubbard: "Why don't you just leave me alone? I never saw anything! I don't know what Mars is, and I was never there!"

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Video Cliptoxicspawn1.mpg - 2.5m
One of the movie's better points here, namely the random and gratuitous explosion of bit part actors when exposed to an avocado of death.

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Toxic Spawn
Reply #1. Posted on May 15, 2000, 01:34:53 AM by Squishy
I dunno if it was altered for "Toxic Spawn," but the original "Alien Contanimation" version had a superfreaky score by Goblin, famous for "Dawn of the Dead" and others. It made the trailer the best version of the movie!
Toxic Spawn
Reply #2. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Acid Xian
My dream is to get this exhibited in a local theater on a double bill with "Alien 2: Sulla Terra".  This movie may have been pretty bad, but so was "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection".
Toxic Spawn
Reply #3. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Chadzilla
Avacados of Death!  The original title for this was Contamination.  It was changed to Alien Contamination when released in the U.S. of A, it was also cut of some pretty over the top gore effects to get that there family friendly R rating.  The Goblin score remains on the Toxic Spawn version, only the title was changed (yet again).

Personally I find this movie such a mind numbingly silly little thing that I award it three slimes.  It's just too much fun to watch to be a one slimer.
Toxic Spawn
Reply #4. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Kevin Gates
I'm posting an alien 2 sulla terra site this week at:

keep a look out - its cool! pics, sounds, trivia and more My favourite trash film in the world!
Toxic Spawn
Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Yannick
After buying the new dvd release 2003 of this movie i have to say that its quit entertaining, the movie isnt gonna remake the gendre and there is an interview with the director on the dvd that clearly says they wanted to do a type of Alien rip off.

That really makes me laugh when they say its an homage to a movie or something and they just rip off the damn thing, or in that case they didnt have enought money to do the rip off.

The image on the dvd is very clear, bright and we can see a lot better then on the vhs version that i rented some time ago.

The cyclops looks horrible but when you have 5 weeks total to shoot a movie what can you expect.

I payed 31$ canadien for that movie, and in the end i find it really good, dvd is packed with good feature and the director cleary says that he stopped directing movies cause in italia they didnt like sci fi so in the early 90 he just called it quits and works now in a shop called DEEP RED which him and Dargento opened a while ago in italy, the store is packed with horror sci fi movies.

I guess that the guy stayed true to himself and instead of doing something he wouldnt have loved stop doing it, for me that says a lot.

Now if i can only find a dvd with an interview with Roger Corman telling use why he always end up using stuff from is other movies, space ships and all. Lol.
Toxic Spawn
Reply #6. Posted on September 29, 2006, 11:19:03 PM by Efrem Sepulveda
Viewing the videoclip, it sounds like that guy is about to put a big one in the toilet.
Toxic Spawn
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Neville
Just watched it, silly but fun. I can confirm an interesting piece of trivia: as stated in the IMDV, the "alien seeds" in the Mars flashback (around 40 minutes into the film) are just... olives! Really, you can see them clearly enough.

BTW, I didn't know Mars was white instead of red...
Re: Toxic Spawn
Reply #8. Posted on August 14, 2010, 09:23:21 AM by Phred22
Now I am wondering if this is a sequel to Cannibal Girls in the Avocado Jungle of Death. If not, it should be.
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