Tonight's Saturday Night Special from 1989 is titled "Shocking Dark!" Why is it called "Shocking Dark" you might ask, and the answer is.....
The actual original title was "Terminator II," and that just wasn't going to fly! Arnie's first "Terminator" movie was released in 1984, and they obviously had planned a sequel, and this wasn't it, nor does it have anything to do with that movie!
Just like this wasn't a "Terminator" sequel, there is also nobody named Vincent Dawn. Bruno Mattei is the Director of the film in the guise of Vincent Dawn, As far as I can tell, Bruno never used his real name as Director, and if he wasn't Vincent Dawn, then he was Pierre Le Blanc, or David hunt, or Martin Miller, or William Snyder, or Herik Montgomery, or Frank Klox, or David Graham, or Michael Cardoso, or Bob Hunter, or Gilbert Roussel, or Stefan Oblowsky, or Jimmy Matheus, or maybe Jordan B. Matthews!
For release in the U.S., they had to change the name to something else besides "Terminator II" so they chose "Shocking Dark" for some reason.
The future Venice, Italy is not a pretty place!
Can somebody get me out of here??
In a maze of underground madness beneath a polluted sea, there is a crew that is calling out for help! Something has gone wrong, and they want the Hell out!
Send in the 'A' Team!
(No, not the TV show guys, but the best the future has to offer!)
The first thing they encounter is this krazy guy!
A nostalgic look at the beautiful and romantic Venice of the past!
It really should have been "Totally Tubular Corporation!"
Meanwhile, back at the ranch!
"What do you mean, there are monsters?" "Yeah, two cheeseburgers, and a small pizza to go!"
The monsters are a bunch of genetically morphological out of control freaks! There is no reason to know why they exist, what they are, or where they are going! They're just freakin' monsters!
There's more than one way to look at this situation!
Not exactly original, but effective!
Oh, Yeah, and there's lots of pumped up action like this!
There's lots of these mean ole monsters, and they're all the same but different!
Running down tunnels, hallways,and corridors, and away from the monsters is a key plot element!
"Contaminator" gets my vote for coolest alternate title, but the Japanese title "Alienators" is not bad either! So I think you got it, this is not a movie to take seriously on any level, but if you just want to spend a mindless hour and a half not having to think about anything important, this is the perfect film!