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Alien 2: On Earth (1980)
"Alien 2 sulla Terra" (original title)

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Ultra-low budget and very violent rip-off of "Alien". A space module lands back to Earth after a failed mission, but the astronauts have been replaced by hideous creatures that can ... See full summary »

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Michele Soavi ...
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Fabrizia Castagnoli ...
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Ultra-low budget and very violent rip-off of "Alien". A space module lands back to Earth after a failed mission, but the astronauts have been replaced by hideous creatures that can penetrate into people's bodies and make them explode. A group of speleologists are attacked by the monsters inside an underground cave, but the survivors are in for a surprise when they finally manage to escape the trap... Written by Giancarlo Cairella <vertigo@imdb.com>

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ITL 400,000,000 (estimated)
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20th Century Fox wanted to sue Ciro Ippolito $10,000,000 for using Alien (1979) in the title. However, a British lawsuit pointed out that there was a novel from the 1930s called Alien, so Ippolito won the case. See more »

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When one of the characters have their eye bitten out, the rocks around her are clearly shaking. See more »

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Thelma: But Roy, the ocean's three miles away from here!
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A piece of trash, Italian style
15 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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