Alien 2: On Earth / Alien 2 - Sulla terra (1980)

2.5 out of 5

This in-name only, please-don't-sue-us unofficial sequel to a certain well known 1979 sci-fi horror blockbuster oddly begins in Quatermass Xperiment territory as a returning space mission fails to land in the planned location. This is of little concern to a group of youngsters embarking on a caving expedition, until it emerges that they have thereby invaded the unfriendly aliens’ new home.

Written, directed and produced by Ciro Ippolito under the pseudonym Sam Cromwell, the US-set production requires a certain tolerance for low-budget Italian schlock that the average viewer probably lacks.

For those who have already seen and appreciated the dubious charms of Luigi Cozzi’s Contamination – which shares an emphasis on exploding people – and/or Norman J. Warren’s Inseminoid – which likewise used real-life caves as a convenient, inexpensive location – it will provide another 90 minutes of borderline so-bad-it’s-good fun.

Incidental highlights include an early appearance from Michele Soavi, a ludicrous jive-talking black guy and a surprisingly effective Oliver Onions score.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics