Shocking Dark (Sci-Fi/Horror) [Movie/Review]


Year: 1989
Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror/Action
Source: Blu-Ray (Severin Films)

Other titles: AKA Terminator II AKA Alienators AKA Aliens 2 AKA Contaminator

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.

I am a sucker for movies made by people who actually thinks they do a good job, but the result is terrible, and Jesus f**kin Christ is this a train crash. The director is Bruno Mattei (here as Vincent Dawn) so you know you’re in for quality 😂.

So they decided to rent a basement from a factory and make a movie there. Put in some clearly rubber aliens, added some pointless and nonsense dialogue. Let’s then film a lot of ”creeping up on people from behind” scenes. Then fill it with people who tries to act, but fails miserably.

Christopher Ahrens could be one of the worst actors in movie history, yes, I know I have said that before, but seriously, this is a joke 😂 … his facial expressions when he’s doing something mean or talking serious is out of control bad 😂. Geretta Geretta (also in Demons, Rats: Nights of Terror and 2020 Texas Gladiators) plays Koster, a hard ass military, and holy s*’t does she do a bad job at it 😂. Wouldn’t it have been a good idea to at least have a casting of others before giving these people the jobs 😂. The only one doing an okay job is Haven Tylor as Dr. Sara Drumbull.

In the interview with screenwriter Rossella Drudi she says it was a commissioned job and she totally ripped of Aliens and Terminator but with a lower budget.

So if I should say something nice then? I’ll go with, there are some good effects when it comes to open wounds and such. But with all this said, I love this cheezefest. It’s at least a once a year watch.

I watched the new beautiful 2K restoration blu-ray from Severin films and the picture and sound quality are great.


  • Extras:”Terminator in Venice” interview with co-director/co-screenwriter Claudio Fragasso and co-screenwriter Rossella Drudi (13:14)
    “Once Upon A Time in Italy” interview with Geretta Geretta (12:44)
    Alternate Italian Titles (1:44)
    Japanese Theatrical Trailer (1:21, SD)
  • Subtitles:English (optional)
  • Aspect Ratio:1.78:1
  • Picture Format:1080p 24fps AVC MPEG-4
  • Soundtrack(s):English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    Chinese Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
    German Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
    Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
    Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono