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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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Bruno Mattei (as Vincent Dawn)

Writer:

Claudio Fragasso (as Clayde Anderson)
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Cast

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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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

22 August 1990 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Aliens 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Flora Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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!
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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 »

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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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