Alien Terror (film)
|Alien 2: On Earth|
German theatrical poster
|Directed by||Ciro Ippolito (as Sam Cromwell)
Biagio Proietti (uncredited)
|Produced by||Ciro Ippolito
|Written by||Ciro Ippolito|
|Music by||Guido De Angelis, Maurizio De Angelis (as The Oliver Onions)|
|Distributed by||Cinema Shares International Distribution (1980, USA)
Fiesta Films (1981, Canada)
|Release date(s)||April 11, 1980 (Italy)|
|Running time||92 min.|
|Country||Italy, United States, England|
|Language||English / Italian|
Alien Terror, also known as Alien 2 and Strangers, is a 1980 Italian-British-American science fiction film, written and directed by Ciro Ippolito before the trademark Alien was registered. It is emerge following the success of the 1979 film Alien as unofficial sequel, albeit having little connection to the film storywise. Reviews are generale favorevole for the film's splatter scenes, the set and the tension, but the content drew a mixed response from critics.
Midnight Legacy released the film on DVD and Blu-ray on March 22, 2011, with the title Alien 2: On Earth.
As the world awaits the return of a crew of astronauts from a deep space mission, a young woman named Thelma Joyce appears on a television talk show to discuss caves. Soon after her interview begins, Thelma has a horrible psychic vision. After the spacecraft returns to Earth missing its occupants, a girl on a beach discovers a weird, blue, pulsating rock. Her mother soon finds her with her face ripped off.
Thelma and her husband Roy meet up with their friends at a bowling alley. After a short gambling session, the group leaves to go explore a cave.
The group stops at a roadside café to buy food and change into their caving gear. Thelma's friend Burt discovers a blue rock that he decides to keep in his pack. The group can't figure out what type of rock it is.
The group finally arrives at the cave, and quickly rapells to the bottom to set up camp for the night. Before falling asleep, Thelma tells Roy that she feels that something horrible is about to happen, but Roy calms her down.
The next day, Thelma's friend Jill discovers the blue rock that Burt dropped while rapelling the previous day. Before Jill can touch it, the rock opens up and a creature attacks her face. Thelma senses what is happening and panics. Roy calms her down, then decides to go find Jill's body.
Roy rapells down into a hole and finds Jill, alive and with her face intact. He straps her to a lifter and she is lifted up to the rest of the group. Jill is set aside by herself, still unconscious. While the group is taking pictures of the many rock formations, a creature erupts from Jill's face and attacks Burt's neck. Burt is dragged upside down as the creature slices his neck repeatidly until his head falls off.
The creature quickly grows into a mature shape-shifting alien creatures which incubate inside human hosts, and slaughters the group one by one, multiplying with each kill. Thelma and Roy manage to outrun the Aliens and escape the caves. They get in their car and drive towards the city. On the way to the city, they discover a police car, but no police officers are in sight. They stop at the roadside cafe' again, only no one is there. Roy tries to call for help on a payphone, but no operator is available. They get back into the car and continue to drive to the city.
Thelma and Roy finally get back to the city, but strangely, they can't find anyone. They stop at the bowling alley, only to find that it's empty, too. Roy goes to the back, only to be killed by an alien waiting there. The Alien chases Thelma through the bowling alley, until she hits it in the head and leaves. Thelma runs through the empty city streets, calling for help but getting no answer. She finally stops yelling and sits down in an intersection. Suddenly, text shoots at the screen, warning the audience "You may be next!", meaning that the aliens have taken over Earth.
- Belinda Mayne as Thelma Joyce
- Mark Bodin as Roy
- Benedetta Fantoli as Maurine
- Michele Soavi as Burth
- Judy Perrin as Jill
- Donald Hodson as Mr. Raymond
- Ciro Ippolito as Joe
The film was released theatrically in Italy on April 11, 1980 as Alien 2: Sulla Terra ('"Alien 2: On Earth") and in West Germany on March 19, 1982 as Alien, die Saat des Grauens kehrt zurück ("Alien, the seed of horror returns"). The English-dubbed version of the film was never released theatrically in the United States. Instead, it was released directly-to-video in bootleg version under the title Alien Terror. The US version of the film is slightly different, being much darker overall (making it hard to watch, especially the cave scenes) and having the sky at the end of the film tinted red.
On March 22, 2011, Midnight Legacy re-released the English-dubbed version of the film on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States under its original title, Alien 2: On Earth, in 30.000 copies. The re-release includes fully remastered picture and audio. This version of the film is longer than any other version, and includes deleted scenes and trailers.
Daryl Loomis of DVD Verdict said, "Some people will say that Alien 2: On Earth is a blatant ripoff and some will say that it's a terrible movie. All of those people are right, but given my track record, nobody should be surprised that I love it."
J.C. Maçek III of WorldsGreatestCritic.com wrote, "But watching Alien 2, I can't see how anyone could ever get this even vaguely confused with Ridley Scott's Sci-Fi/ Horror Masterpiece. Watching Alien 2 is less a grippingly realistic experiment in otherworldly terror, and more an intestine voiding experience in passing a stone. There is no confusing these flicks."
Tom Landy of High-Def Digest.com gave the film 3 stars out of 5 and wrote, "It's tough to outright recommend this one to the masses, but for fans of the film or collectors of oddball cult curiosities then this Blu-ray is the definitive disc of Alien 2: on Earth to own".