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ALIEN 2: ON EARTH is one of those hilariously inept, no-budget Italian rip-offs of popular movies of the time. The Italians particularly liked reworking American sci-fi movies, beginning with STAR WARS, but come 1980 they'd moved on to ALIEN, delivering the double whammy of this and CONTAMINATION. There's no doubt that CONTAMINATION is the better film - it has a real story, after all - and that ALIEN 2 is a piece of trash, but nonetheless it has undeniable charm.
It's clear that the brains behind this movie saw the famous John Hurt chestbursting scene in ALIEN and decided to base their movie around that single moment, revisiting it over and over again as a group of spelunkers are assaulted and killed by some hostile aliens who've hitched a ride to Earth on a returning spaceship.
Production values are near nil but it doesn't matter, because ALIEN 2 is all about the gruesome spectacle. The special effects are rubbery but elaborate, and the underground setting is a perfect place in which to set scenes of gruelling horror. In some ways I was reminded of the recent British horror film, THE DESCENT, although of course this was made on a much lower budget.
The acting is poor, the dubbing is poor, and the narrative falls apart towards the end, leading to an incredibly obvious so-called 'twist' ending, but still, but still...from early on, and THAT scene with the little girl on the beach, I was hooked and made yucky by this nasty little outing.
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