Parasite – USA, 1982 – reviews

Charles Band’s Parasite, a 1982 sci-fi horror movie touted theatrically as “the first futuristic monster movie in 3-D” is being unleashed on Blu-ray by Kino Lorber Studio Classics on October 22, 2019.

The release will feature an HD restoration from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, both 2-D and 3-D versions of the film, and some new bonus features:

  • Newly Restored in HD from a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
  • The Blu-ray disc includes both the 3-D and 2-D version of the film
  • From the Inside Out: Writing Parasite – Featuring all-new interviews with writers Alan J. Adler and Michael Shoob
  • Three Dimensions of Terror: Filming Parasite – Featuring all-new interviews with director
  • Charles Band, co-writer Alan J. Adler, production manager Charles Newirth, art director Pamela B. Warner, and make-up department head Karen Kubeck
  • Symphony for Slimy Slugs: Composing Parasite- Featuring an all-new interview with composer Richard Band
  • Interview with Creature Designer and Creator Lance Anderson
  • Audio Commentary with Writer Alan J. Adler and Filmmaker/Historian Daniel Griffith
  • Still and Promotional Gallery
  • Reversible Blu-ray Art
  • Theatrical Trailer

Here are the details of the movie:

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Parasite is a 1982 science-fiction horror feature film produced and directed by Charles Band from a screenplay co-written with Alan J. Adler and Michael Shoob. The movie stars Demi Moore in her first major film role. Irwin Yablans (Halloween) was the executive producer.

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The creature effects were designed and created by Stan Winston (The Terminator, Aliens; Pumpkinhead).

Plot:

In the near future, an atomic disaster has reduced the world to poverty. Instead of a government, America is run by an organization called the Merchants, who exploit the degenerate remains of society.

In order to keep control of the populace, the Merchants force Doctor Paul Dean (Robert Glaudini) to create a new life form, a parasite that feeds on its host. Realizing the deadly potential of such a being, Dean escapes the Merchants with the parasite, infecting himself in the process.

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Now on the run, he travels from town to town, studying the parasite so that he can find a way to destroy it, all the while keeping one step ahead of a Merchant named Wolf (James Davidson) who is hunting for him.

While resting in a desert town, he is attacked by a gang of hooligans (Cherie Currie, Freddy Moore, Natalie May, Joanelle Romero, Tom Villard) led by Ricus (Luca Bercovici), a former slave of the Merchants. The gang steals silver canister containing the parasite, not realizing what it is, and it escapes and infects one of the members…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Compared with many other movies bearing Charles Band’s name somewhere in the credits it’s far more entertaining, if gratuitously so. Terribly underrated in this reviewers opinion, the curiosity surrounding the first futuristic monster movie in 3D undeniably has more to do with its casting and Stan Winston’s association than any of the sleazy groceries it delivers.” Brian Bankston, Cool Ass Cinema

“This will surely have appeal for those who have fond memories of parasites jumping out at you from the silver screen, but thirty years on and on the TV, it doesn’t translate quite so well. In fact, it translates terribly. This is a charmless rip-off, almost totally devoid of merit.” Digital Retribution

“The absolute stand out feature of Parasite is the FX. Stan Winston did all the work, which will definitely bring a smile to a genre fan’s face. The parasite itself resembles “the deadly spawn” which is definitely not a bad thing, and looks freaking awesome.” Cinema Slasher

” …there are some occasionally entertaining effects of parasites dropping into the audience’s faces, even an impaled pipe dripping blood out of the screen. Unfortunately, Band’s direction is dull to the point of indifference. Moreover, he makes no use of the 3-D other than to keep popping things out into the audience’s faces.” Richard Scheib, Moria

“I’ll never knock a movie for being stupid or derivative or unoriginal as long as it’s simply fun to sit through. Nothing in Parasite even comes close. The brief gore splatters occur way too late in the game for anyone to care, and the creature (early work by FX genius Stan Winston nonetheless) is about as horrifying as Miss Piggy covered in barbecue sauce.” eFilmCritc

“Director Charles Band imbues the movie with a gritty, unpleasant visual style undoubtedly dictated by the microscopic budget, something that’s exacerbated by uniformly awful performances and a hopelessly inept screenplay…” David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

” … a shoddy effort that’s completely pointless and takes every opportunity it can to pander to its 3D gimmick (ooo, the parasite is coming right at me!!). It’s also quite boring and has one really junky finale.” The Video Graveyard

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Cast and characters:

  • Robert Glaudini … Doctor Paul Dean
  • Demi Moore … Patricia Welles
  • Luca Bercovici … Ricus
  • James Davidson … Wolf the Merchant
  • Al Fann … Collins
  • Tom Villard … Zeke
  • Scott Thomson … Chris
  • Cherie Currie … Dana
  • Vivian Blaine … Miss Elizabeth Daley
  • James Cavan … Buddy
  • Joanelle Romero … Bo (as Joannelle Nadine Romero)
  • Freddy Moore … Arn
  • Natalie May … Shell
  • Cheryl Smith … Captive Girl
  • Joel Miller … Town Punk

Filming locations:

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park – 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, California

Technical details:

  • 85 minutes
  • Sound: Stereo
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35: 1

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