Veteran exploitation producer Roger Corman has never believed in wasting profitable material, and THE TERROR WITHIN II is proof. Although presented as a sequel to Thierry Notz's 1988 release, THE TERROR WITHIN II is more of a remake, covering the same basic ground--plague-stricken world,
survivors in an underground facility, mutant-monster rapists--with some new twists.
The world has been ravaged by biological warfare. The earth is barren, a lethal virus has killed off most of humanity and mutated monsters called "lusus" prey on the few survivors. There is a vaccine that protects against the virus, but gathering its components from the harsh desert is an
unenviable task. The scientists of the underground Rocky Mountain Lab facility are desperate; their supply of vaccine is gone, and David Pennington (Andrew Stevens), who was dispatched to gather ingredients, hasn't returned. Two members of the group are sick. Their leader, Von Demming (R. Lee
Ermey), sends three of the group up to the surface, where one is killed and the other two chased by a lusus. In the ensuing battle, one of its fingers is cut off and brought inside for study.
Pennington meets a young woman, Ariel (Clare Hoak), in the desert, and they fall in love. He brings her back to the facility with him, but not before they've had a devastating run-in with a band of scavengers. The pregnant Ariel is raped by a lusus, and within weeks her child--a horrible
mutation--is born. At the same time, the severed lusus finger, forgotten in the turmoil, regenerates and becomes a new monster. The facility is suddenly under siege from two lusus creatures, and virtually everyone is killed. Only Pennington, Ariel and another couple survive to defeat the creatures
and, perhaps, repopulate the world.
More than ten years after its release in 1979, the influence of Ridley Scott's ALIEN on horror and sci-fi films of all ambitions and budgets remains as powerful as ever. Ariel's monstrous child, which grows at a phenomenal pace and sheds its skin as it mutates, owes its conception (no pun
intended) to ALIEN's biomechanical parasite, and THE TERROR WITHIN II's plot is more than reminiscent of ALIEN's by way of FORBIDDEN WORLD, itself an early knock-off produced by Corman. But while ALIEN gave as much weight to character study as to alien mayhem (realized with the help of
multi-million-dollar special effects artists), THE TERROR WITHIN II is satisfied with perfunctory characterization and must make do with some man-in-a-rubber-suit effects. The result is dull. Actor Andrew Stevens, who starred in the original, makes his feature directorial debut with this film, and
also co-stars with his mother, actress Stella Stevens. (Violence, sexual situations.)
Cast & Details See all »
- Released: 1991
- Rating: R
- Review: Veteran exploitation producer Roger Corman has never believed in wasting profitable material, and THE TERROR WITHIN II is proof. Although presented as a sequel to Thierry Notz's 1988 release, THE TERROR WITHIN II is more of a remake, covering the same basi… (more)