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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)

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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


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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Release Date:

22 August 1990 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Aliens 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Italy See more »

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Flora Film See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Only one set was built for this film. 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 »


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"Christ! They're shooting all over the place".
21 March 2014 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Wow. I'm kind of surprised by its decent rating on this site. But, talk about plagiarism. "Aliens" is what it wants to be. And "Aliens" it is not. It blatantly lifts scenes, dialogues ("Please, kill me"), characters, story arches and ideas. It's that obvious… you'd be in amazement. Yeah, you could probably play a drinking game with what it tries to squeeze in. It simply becomes a waiting to see what they rip- off next. And throw in a touch of "Terminator". Especially within the film's dying stages and misplaced climax. Well in some countries it does have the title "Terminator II". Wonder what James Cameron would have made of it? Director Bruno Mattei and writer Claudio Fragasso are no strangers to trash, and the grungy "Shocking Dark" is no exception to the trend. Too bad it's not as exploitative in its visuals. Even though it's on the cheap, daft in every sense, the plot doesn't make a lick of sense and junky as it can be… what killed it for me was how flat, sluggish and meandering the action and story came out to be. No great shakes that the acting is wooden (and that constant screaming from the Newt character gets truly unbearable), the genetic monsters look completely goofy and the thrills are more silly than rousing, but it's not as fun as it could have been. Good idea of the setting; a polluted Venice, despite most of the time is spent in dark, dingy and long underground corridors, which is caught by murky photography. Lame-brain, but it gets bogged down too often and doesn't let its outlandish nature implode.

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