Shocking Dark

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Shocking Dark
Poster for Terminator 2 bears a similarity to the original Terminator poster.
Directed by Bruno Mattei
Produced by Franco Gaudenzi
Written by Claudio Fragasso
Starring Christopher Ahrens
Haven Tyler
Geretta Geretta
Fausto Lombardi
Music by Carlo Maria Cordio
Cinematography Richard Grassetti
Edited by Bruno Mattei
Flora Film
Distributed by Condor Vídeo
Release date
May 1, 1989 (1989-05-01) (Cannes Film Festival)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Shocking Dark (also known as Terminator II, Terminator 2, Aliens 2, Aliennators, and Contaminator) is a 1989 Italian science-fiction film written by Claudio Fragasso, produced by Franco Gaudenzi and directed by Bruno Mattei.

Although the film was promoted as a rip-off of James Cameron's The Terminator, it is actually mostly a rip-off of Aliens, also by Cameron.


Despite the film's original title and artwork presenting it as a sequel to 1984 film The Terminator, it is not officially associated with that film. The plot has more in common with the 1986 film Aliens.[1] Two years after Mattei's film came out, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (the official Terminator sequel) was released. Mattei's film was never released in the United States, especially under its original title due to licensing problems.

Partial cast[edit]

  • Cristopher Ahrens as Samuel Fuller
  • Haven Tyler as Sara
  • Geretta Giancarlo Field as Koster
  • Tony Lombardi as Lieutenant Franzini
  • Mark Steinborn as Commander Dalton Bond
  • Dominica Coulson as Samantha
  • Clive Ricke as Drake
  • Paul Norman Allen as Kowalsky
  • Cortland Reilly as Caine
  • Richard Ross as Price
  • Bruce McFarland as Parson
  • Al McFarland as Raphelson


Up until 2018, the film has never been released to video in the United States for legal reasons. However, it has been released to video in countries such as Japan, Brazil, and the film's native Italy.

Severin Films will release the film (under its Shocking Dark title) on May 29th, 2018 on Blu-Ray.[2]


  1. ^ "But what you might not expect is that the bulk of the movie has nothing to do with The Terminator. Instead, it's a rip-off of Cameron's other sci-fi blockbuster, Aliens.", ["Terminator II: Shocking Dark",]
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