Shocking Dark (1988) (Blu-ray Review)

Shocking Dark (1988) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Bruno Mattei (as Vincent Dawn)
Starring: Christopher Ahrens, Haven Tyler, Geretta Geretta
Rated: UR/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Severin Films

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.

The hype and history behind Shocking Dark is probably better than the movie is. Here we have Bruno Mattei under a false name releasing a movie that was originally titled Terminator 2 and if you got this version with the cool slip, then you have it under that name. The odd thing is this movie really just manages to rip off Alien, which is never a bad thing, as some nice Alien knock-offs have happened over the years. But the style of which Shocking Dark does all of this on the screen just compels you to watch in a very similar fashion to how you can’t help but watch the results of a car crash you pass by on the road. Not a whole lot clicks in this movie and not a whole lot makes sense, but there is some value in a movie that seems to have tossed everything it had at the wall hoping something would stick, which the end game being it was just hoping to cash-in on the success of other movies.

Character-wise, there really isn’t anyone here to really attach yourself to. It is riddled with very cliche characters all through it and if not for the Italian flavor it also has covered all over it you might have trouble really finding anything too positive to say about this one. The man appeal to the movie is the legend behind it and the main appeal to this release is finally having it with a very nice looking transfer to go along with it. This isn’t Bruno Mattei’s best work by any means and you know is work you’ll know the man didn’t have much of a standard to reach. Hell of the Living Dead is probably his best work and this isn’t anywhere in that ballpark. Still, if you like entertaining messes you’ll get your fill here. Kudos to Severin for releasing it in a nice release with a very solid transfer because this is really one I never thought we’d see.


– Terminator in Venice – An Interview with Co-Director / Co-Screenwriters Claudio Fragasso and Co-Screenwriter Rossella Drudi
– Once Upon A Time in Italy – An Interview With Actress Geretta Geretta
– Alternate Italian Titles

Quality of Transfer: 88%