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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.


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Christopher Ahrens ...
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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 ...
Cortland Reilly ...
Richard Ross ...
Bruce McFarland ...
Colonel Parson
Richard Berkeley ...
First Scientist (as Richard Bercheley)
John Champion ...
Second Scientist
Massimo Vanni ...
First Soldier (as Alex McBride)
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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.

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22 August 1990 (Italy)  »

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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 »


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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.

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