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11 April 1980 (Italy) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Belinda Mayne ... Thelma Joyce
Mark Bodin ... Roy (as Marc Bodin)
Roberto Barrese ... Speleologist
Benedetta Fantoli ... Maureen (as Benny Aldrich)
Michele Soavi ... Burt (as Michael Shaw)
Judy Perrin ... Jill
Danilo Micheli ... Bill (as Don Parkinson)
Claudio Falanga
Fabrizia Castagnoli ... Thelma Joyce (voice: Italian version)
Luigi Diberti ... Roy (voice: Italian version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincenzo Falanga ... (uncredited)
Donald Hodson ... Mr. Raymond (uncredited)
Ciro Ippolito ... TV Studio Director (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Mr. Raymond (voice: English version) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ciro Ippolito  (as Sam Cromwell)
Biagio Proietti (uncredited)
 
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Ciro Ippolito  (as Sam Cromwell)

Produced by
Ciro Ippolito .... executive producer
Ciro Ippolito .... producer (as Sam Cromwell)
Angiolo Stella .... producer
 
Original Music by
Guido De Angelis  (as Oliver Onions)
Maurizio De Angelis  (as Oliver Onions)
 
Cinematography by
Silvio Fraschetti 
 
Film Editing by
Carlo Broglio 
 
Production Design by
Angelo Mattei 
Mario Molli 
 
Costume Design by
Valeria Valenza 
 
Makeup Department
Lamberto Marini .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Nino Milano .... production manager
Aldo Nibbi .... production supervisor
 
Art Department
Massimiliano Cerchi .... assistant production designer (as Alvaro Passeri)
 
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... dubbing editor
 
Special Effects by
Donald Patterly .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Oddone Bernardini .... camera operator
Roberto Calabró .... still photographer: action stills
Federico Del Zoppo .... camera operator
Roberto Marsigli .... assistant camera (as Roberto Marsili)
Ugo Menegatti .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maura Zuccherofino .... seamstress (as Maria Zuccherofino)
 
Editorial Department
Angela Rosa Taccari .... first assistant editor
Ernesto Triunveri .... second assistant editor
 
Other crew
Rosaria Cilento .... continuity
Edilio Kim .... unit publicist (as Kim Gatti)
Federica Lampronti .... production secretary
Simone Pinto .... consultant: speleology
 
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Also Known As:
"Alien 2 sulla Terra" - Italy (original title)
"Strangers" - USA
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Runtime:
92 min | UK:82 min (VHS)
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Mono | 4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints)
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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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Continuity: In the scene where a man's head is pulled off, the rope wraps around one of his legs. In a closeup shot, the rope is wrapped around both his legs.See more »
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Thelma:But Roy, the ocean's three miles away from here!See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Fun!, 12 October 2009
Author: adriangr from United Kingdom

I've done my best to track down the worst "King Kong" rip-offs in the world, now I'm doing the same for "Alien". And some of the copycat offenders of this one are awful. But the good news is - this one's not bad.

After a brief intro about the return to earth of a spaceship where all the astronauts were dead and/or hideously mutilated (or something), the main action of the film gets going with a group of people exploring an underground cave. Among them are people involved with the investigation of the spaceship, including a (slightly) psychic woman who senses the presence of...something.

The reason the film entertains is because of the well made scenes set in the cave. We follow the cavers through lots of perilous exploration, which starts off with the usual terrors of ropes snapping, long falls, dead end tunnels, etc, but soon starts to move into "Alien"-type territory as an unseen menace starts chomping on the cast! Scenes are well shot and there is some tension in the scenes all the while it is not clear what is actually going on. There's also some surprising gore as the characters die in bizarre ways. My only disappointment was that the extreme darkness of some scenes obscure a lot of what is going on, but generally the darkness works in the film's favour.

Bizarrely, the film does eventually leave the confines of the caves, but in a baffling change of location, the climactic scenes are filmed in...a bowling alley (?)! I can only assume that it is very likely that the bowling alley was known to the film makers and they got a very good deal for filming there - apart from that there is no possible logic behind the choice - it's really not a scary place at all! Things that work are: The acting - even with English dubbing, the performances seem quite good. The music - a cheesy "BUM-BUM-BUM-BUM synth score amused me greatly. The ending - which is as unexpected as it is unexplained, and finally the monsters: it's a case of less is more here, so don't expect to see any big rubbery creations.

Made on the cheap I presume, but a lot of the low budget is covered up by keeping the project quite modest. It's definitely better than "Galaxy of Terror". I'm please to say I own the UK pre-cert video which has a really nice sharp picture and is reportedly uncut. A modest DVD release would be nice...

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