I remember being alternately horrified and bored by this sequel to 1995’s horny-alien extravaganza, which itself was a passive favorite of mine as a teen for some reason. I decided to give this another go because, well, with quarantine and everything it’s not like there’s a drought on time or interest in escapist entertainment, and I’m pretty glad I did, actually. It’s not really a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s such a nasty little number that I was totally down with it this time. I mean, for a studio picture this is ballsy as all hell: The death scenes are so nasty that this may as well be an Italian splatter flick because this is a giddy, go-for-broke celebration of the destruction of the human body in a variety of ever-gruesome ways. The story itself is surprisingly clever in that B-movie horror-sequel kind of way, bringing back some of the characters from the first and introducing new ones along the way, which gives it a nice sense of continuity while pushing the franchise’s narrative arc forward. The special effects are rock-solid which is particularly impressive for its time, which was littered with underwhelming CGI as studios moved on from practical effects to middling effect. No one will ever mistake this for a genre masterpiece, but it’s worth a shot for sure.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)