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11 April 1980 (Italy) See more »
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...ora può colpire anche te
Plot:
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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(3 articles)
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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)

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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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 »
Quotes:
Mr. Raymond:well, tell me, how many feet below sea level is this cave?
Thelma:below...
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References The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)See more »

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Alien 2: Much mirth, 25 March 2014
Author: Bezenby from United Kingdom

I'd heard bad things about this, like it was too slow, confusing, had too much potholing in it, but after finally watching this I feel the bad dubbing and general stupidity of the script (not to mention the great soundtrack by Oliver Onions) carried everything through. Sure, the ending was a bit of a let down, but still, where else do you have a guy explaining his wife's meltdown on live television as "It's okay- she's just telepathic".

A spaceship is due to land in the sea and while waiting for that, a TV show interviews a potholer on live television for some reason. She breaks down as she has a vision of sorts about something bad happening. When the spaceship lands, they find the pod empty, even though the astronauts reported that everything was okay. Meanwhile, our potholers go bowling for some reason, probably to introduce our characters. There's our telepathic lady, her boyfriend, another guy, yet another guy (dubbed by Nick Alexander), another guy played by Michele Soavi, a chick, and another chick (not dubbed by Nick Alexander.

As our bunch of victims prepare to go potholing, the telepathic spots a girl picking up a pulsating blue rock but is taken away by the boyfriend. Lucky for her, as the blue rock has torn off the face of the little girl! You know your watching an Italian film when a small kid is graphically mauled by an alien creature. Also, you know your watching an Italian film when Michele Soavi finds a similar blue rock on the ground while he's having a pee up against a building.

And now it's time for potholing! Our bunch of fuds head into the ground for a while, eventually settling down for the night so Michele Soavi can talk b*ll*cks about writing with candles. The next day, everyone rather stupidly splits up (and not for the last time), resulted in the blue rock bursting open, tearing a girls face off, and sending her down a ravine, where our numpties find her, face intact! After a long, long sequence getting this girl back up the ravine, one guy goes back up with her and we have the longest tracking shot in film history, as the camera pans from the guys shoes up the entire length of this girl's body (it takes ages). This pays off, however. You know how in alien they've got a chest burster? How about a face burster? You get that here as our alien makes an appearance, bursts out the girls face, and attacks the other guy causing his head to fall off onto the rest of our idiots.

From then on out it's alien (or aliens, it's quite confusing) versus potholers as they get lost in the dark, split up (again), and run around trying to find a way out – There's some gore, exploding heads, aliens bursting from bodies, people being killed and a bit of a psychic battle that's not even remotely explained. Needless to say a couple of people escape back to the world, which is strangely empty (save for one shot where there's people walking down the street and traffic and what not).

While strangely focusing on things ignored in other films (cars driving down the street for ages, bowling alleys, potholing) and kind of fizzling out towards the end there (although I loved the POV shot through the alien's mouth!), Alien 2 (which I'm sure is an official sequel) has enough extreme gore, bad dubbing and stupid characters to entertain a jaded Italian splatter fan. I will say that the soundtrack is great, as you would expect from Oliver Onions.

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