It’s a shame they didn’t just go for a more original title as the film sorta stands on its own without needing to cash in on the ALIEN craze. Then again, knowing that this is ALIEN 2 kind of gives it notoriety on some silly level. But enough about all that, let’s get to the nitty gritty here. What worked? It’s a slow build using a somewhat catchy score to reel the audience in and creep them out, and the concept is actually quite solid, making a monster movie set in a cave cool before THE DESCENT was even thought of. The alien effects are hokey as all get-out, with the creature looking more like a glob of intestines or a moving liver and lungs than an actual alien—but on some weird level, it’s that bizzareness that makes the alien effin' creepy.
I wouldn’t say there’s any real scares here as the music, as effective as it is, telegraphs every scare sequence ALIEN 2 ON EARTH has to offer so you can see it coming a mile away, but as the effects are of the practical variety (a nice change of pace from the CGI-filled garbage we’re hit with today), it gives the alien and the bloody gore a ‘real’ feel to it, which I definitely appreciated. And boy is there gore in this badboy! Decapitated heads, popping eyeballs, massive blood-splatter, and melted faces—this puppy has it all in the meat department and if that’s what you’re looking for, then look no further! Score!
What takes away from the film is the horrendous dubbing job, a job so bad that it almost bleeds into the ‘so bad it’s good’ category of dubbing. This flick could have actually been about something completely different originally, as I’m fairly certain a script was written on the fly while the writers were watching the original on mute. Of course, that adds to the flick’s overall entertainment level as the dialog straight-up gets ridiculous at times, often with hilarious results.
Audio: Presented in 2.0 Mono (but remastered in HD), the sound is actually pretty solid (or as solid as it would ever get), all full-bodied and as loud as you’d expect from a 5.1 mix. Nothing like getting that VHS effect from your Blu-ray!
Special Effects Outtakes: Like the trailer, this soundless feature is filled with all the effects shots used in the movie. Some are outtakes, but most are what’s actually in the movie. I think of ‘outtakes’ to be more like ‘bloopers’, where something goes wrong during the effect and everyone laughs about it. That’s not the case here-this is just a boring montage of effects, with no music or narration to help you through it.