MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 282 this week

Shocking Dark (1989)
"Terminator II" (original title)

5.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.0/10 from 534 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 12 critic

In a polluted future Venice researchers work to improve the situation. One day, unknown forces start killing them. A team of soldiers and a couple of civilians is sent to investigate. Soon, they encounter strange murderous creatures.

Director:

(as Vincent Dawn)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 06 Dec 2010
 
a list of 12 titles
created 24 Feb 2012
 
a list of 2674 titles
created 29 Apr 2012
 
a list of 292 titles
created 29 May 2012
 
a list of 128 titles
created 24 Jun 2012
 

Related Items

Search for "Shocking Dark" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Shocking Dark (1989)

Shocking Dark (1989) on IMDb 5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Shocking Dark.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

When the daughter of a politician suddenly disappears, her step-mother investigates the porno industry in search of her.

Director: Bruno Mattei
Stars: Carla Solaro, Gabriele Gori, Carlo Mucari
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
Director: Bruno Mattei
Stars: Yvette Yzon, Gaetano Russo, Alvin Anson
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

One hundred years after a nuclear war has devastated the planet, society has been reborn into two factions; the underground society and the scavangers above in the wastelands. A group of ... See full summary »

Directors: Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragasso
Stars: Ottaviano Dell'Acqua, Geretta Geretta, Massimo Vanni
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Donald M. Jones
Stars: Charles Miller, Seth Foster, Elly Koslo
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

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 A space module lands back to Earth after a failed mission, but the astronauts have been replaced by hideous creatures that can ...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 »

Directors: Ciro Ippolito, Biagio Proietti
Stars: Belinda Mayne, Mark Bodin, Roberto Barrese
Zombies: The Beginning (Video 2007)
Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
Director: Bruno Mattei
Stars: Yvette Yzon, Alvin Anson, Paul Holme
Action | Adventure | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Michael Ransom's Vietnam squad leader, Vic Jenkins, is captured by terrorists demanding ten million dollars worth of diamonds in return for his release. Michael, reluctantly aided by local ... See full summary »

Directors: Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragasso
Stars: Brent Huff, Mary Stavin, Richard Harris
Land of Death (Video 2004)
Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

Commandos head deep into the Amazon jungle to rescue a general's daughter who has been kidnapped by a cannibal tribe.

Director: Bruno Mattei
Stars: Claudio Morales, Lou Randall, Cindy Jelic Matic
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In order to infiltrate a gang of drug smugglers, a cop is sent undercover to participate in a drag-queen beauty contest aboard a cruise ship.

Director: Alan Ormsby
Stars: Anya, Roberts Blossom, Paul Cronin
Double Target (1987)
Action | Adventure | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

After several American and British military personnel are killed in suicide attacks throughout southeast Asia, the U.S. begins to suspect a plot by the Vietnam government. To uncover the ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Mattei
Stars: Miles O'Keeffe, Donald Pleasence, Bo Svenson
Décadence (1999)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
Director: Jean-Clément Gunter
Stars: Olivier Lafrance, Nicolas Bickel, Nicole Andenmatten
2, 1, 0 (1974)
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

An anthology of two highly experimental apocalyptic fantasy dramas with sci-fi and psychological horror elements. Originally intended to comprise a third story, 'Sifr' ['Zero'], directed by... See full summary »

Directors: Nagi Angelo, Muhammad Fadil
Stars: Salah Zu Al-Faqqar, Youssef Fakhr El Din, Saleh El Eskankarani
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Ahrens ...
Samuel Fuller (as Cristopher Ahrens)
Haven Tyler ...
Dr. Sara Drumbull
...
Koster (as Geretta Giancarlo Field)
...
Lieutentant Franzini (as Tony Lombardo)
Mark Steinborn ...
Commander / Captain Dalton Bond
Dominica Coulson ...
Samantha Raphelson
Clive Riche ...
Drake (as Clive Ricke)
Paul Norman Allen ...
Kowalsky
Cortland Reilly ...
Caine
Richard Ross ...
Price
Bruce McFarland ...
Colonel Parson
Richard Berkeley ...
First Scientist (as Richard Bercheley)
John Champion ...
Second Scientist
Massimo Vanni ...
First Soldier (as Alex McBride)
Elain Richmond ...
Speaker
Edit

Storyline

In a polluted future Venice researchers work to improve the situation. One day, unknown forces start killing them. A team of soldiers and a couple of civilians is sent to investigate. Soon, they encounter strange murderous creatures.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 August 1990 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Aliens 2  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Filmed in late 1988 - early 1989, and shown once at a French film festival in May 1989, but did not go into wide release until August 1990. This was released in many areas outside of the United States with the title "Terminator 2", a supposed "sequel" to James Cameron's The Terminator (1984), despite having nothing to do with Cameron's film. Due to rights issues, it has never been released in the United States with this title. See more »

Quotes

Koster: Alright you bunch of pussies! I'm back and I'm kicking ass!
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Cinema Snob: Bruno Mattei's Terminator II (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Just Like "Aliens"? Rad!

As far as I knew, "Carnosaur 2" carried the torch as the most blatant rip-off of "Aliens" to date. Then I saw "Shocking Dark" (aka "Terminator II" and "Aliennators"). While ol' Carny was happy to just steal the basic plot of "Aliens," "Shocking Dark" went even farther, lifting dialogue, shots, and whole scenes from Cameron's super sequel. It was sweet!

What can I say, I'm a big fan of movies that take someone else's good idea and run with it. I love the Italian zombie flicks that came after Romero's success with the subgenre, so I was happy to see another movie "borrowing" ideas from a classic. If you can accept the fact that "Shocking Dark" is a rip-off, if not downright plagiarism, you might have some fun with it.

Take "Aliens," throw in a little "Terminator," add creatures that are somewhere between "Humanoids From The Deep" and "Forbidden World," and you've got this effective monsterfest, featuring attributes such as awesome locations, cool costumes, and creepy cinematography. Plus your favorite scenes of Ripley and Newt! Oh, sorry. I mean "Sarah" and "Samantha."

Sure, it lacks originality, but you gotta respect a movie that brazenly combines the plots of two mainstream American films, and does it with style. It might not be up to snuff for the average movie-going public, but it does the job for me.


9 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This movie sounds like it sucks! Baked_Pi
You can watch this movie on Youtube here Thamauturge
Discuss Shocking Dark (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?