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Shocking Dark (1989)

Terminator II (original title)
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.


Bruno Mattei (as Vincent Dawn)


Claudio Fragasso (screenplay) (as Clayde Anderson)




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


Only one set was built for this film. See more »


When Samuel Fuller falls off the railing, it is clearly a dummy. It's made even more obvious when it hits off a pipe and the head comes flying off. See more »


[Last lines]
Dr. Sara Drumbull: We've got a lot of work to do, before it's too late for everyone.
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Alternate Versions

The Japanese cut of the film is several minutes longer than any other print. Additional scenes include a prologue, an introduction to Geretta Geretta's character, and several minutes of the remaining team wandering throughout the tunnels looking for the Tubular Corporation Command Center. See more »


Referenced in Video Buck: Las traducciones más mierdosas vol. 3 (2016) See more »

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bad, bad, BAD movie... not to be confused with the 1991 film of the same name
13 February 2003 | by AylmerSee all my reviews

This movie is not actually a sequel to the 1984 James Cameron movie, but more or less a remake of Cameron's 1986 movie ALIENS. The major difference between this movie and Aliens is... well, almost nothing actually.

The plot, lines of dialog, situations, etc. are all completely identical to those seen in ALIENS, such as the mischievous android who more or less plays the "Burke" role up until he gets damaged a bit, then he goes on a TERMINATOR-style rampage chasing after the woman and the young girl.

The actual Aliens here are more like genetic mutations, and they don't really look that bad considering they're just guys in monster suits. Whatever they have to do with the plot is negligible since the movie seems to be more of a post-nuke film having to do with soldiers unlocking some government conspiracy deep in the bowels of a futuristic ruined Venice.

The cast is uniformly awful, with several Americans (some with South African accents) in the cast who appear to have little or no prior acting experience, sort of the same situation with TROLL 2 or CRUEL JAWS where I think the production company just wheeled through K-mart asking people if they wanted to act in a film. Only Fausto Lombardi comes across as anything resembling good, though Chris Ahrens and Janna Ryan are pretty amusing bad movie veterans.

The musical score for this picture I believe was liberated from a number of other 80's films, including Blade Runner and Miami Cops. Much of the footage (with the explosions, etc.) is taken from Mattei's earlier DOUBLE TARGET too.

So bad is this film, in fact, that writer/co-director Claudio Fragasso refused to make any more movies with Mattei afterward - and that's saying a lot. I have to say that I enjoyed it to a certain extent, though it's more fun to wonder how they managed to avoid a lawsuit than it is to actually sit down and watch the movie in one sitting. A little too depressing and dull to be unintentionally funny - though it does certainly have its moments.

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Release Date:

22 August 1990 (Italy) See more »

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Aliens 2 See more »

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Rome, Italy See more »

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Flora Film See more »
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