"Alien 2: On Earth (aka Alien 2: Sulla Terra/ 1980)" Review

Review: A space module lands back to Earth after a failed mission, but the astronauts have been replaced by hideous creatures that can penetrate into people's bodies and make them explode. A group of speleologists are attacked by the monsters inside an underground cave where they struggle to survive the onslaught of the creatures that lurk all around them.

Many would say that this is a rip off of the original Alien film and I would say that in some ways it is, but it does have it's own charm that makes it a film that can stand on it's own. Like most of the Italian films that I have watched before this one also starts off slow, but builds up tension and then comes at you full force with a big body count and all the gore you can handle. Now in ways I would say that the writer or director of "The Decent" may have seen this film and gotten some inspiration from it, mainly dealing with a small group people going into a cave and then being killed off by something in the dark, but honestly I think that could just be a coincidence.
Now the only thing that lacked for me was the characters because I may be just cold hearted but I really didn't feel for them at all and honestly wanted to see them killed off, I think that's due to wanting to see more of the great practical gore effects especially when one of the characters gets attacked by the creature and he falls but is connected to a rope and his neck gets ate through and his head and spine with a little guts come falling down. The gore and creature effects are pretty good even though some of the shots of the creatures look bad, but even those bad shots of them look a 100 times better than any CGI.

Alot of people would probably be wondering what the picture looks like as well as the sound is like on this release, well I can say that the picture is amazing and is very well cleaned up and has very minimal amount of imperfections. The sound also is great and is quite clear throughout. One thing this shows is that Midnight Legacy has a very promising future in releasing these types of films if they keep them coming with the amazing level of quality like they did with this release! One last thing I must say is that I think Midnight Legacy is the next Synapse Films!

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Ciro Ippolito
Genre: Horror/Sci-Fi
DVD/Blu-Ray Release Year: 2011
Theatrical Release Year: 1980
Time Length: 84.25 mins.
Company: Midnight Legacy
Blu-Ray Tech Aspects:
Video: AVC at 36 MBPS
Audio: English DTS-MA 2.0
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1