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Species (1995)

A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.

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Train Hobo
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Snack Shop Clerk
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German Tourist
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Storyline

In 1993, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Project receives a transmission detailing an alien DNA structure, along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. The result is Sil, a sensual but deadly creature who can change from a beautiful woman to an armour-plated killing machine in the blink of an eye. Government agent Xavier Fitch assembles a team of scientists and mercenaries to locate and destroy Sil before she manages to find a mate and breed. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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For three million years, the human race has been at the top of the evolutionary ladder. Nothing lasts forever See more »


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Rated R for sci-fi violence, strong sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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7 July 1995 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$60,074,103

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,374,103
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Laura likens humanity to a galactic weed spreading throughout the galaxy. Other SF works that may have inspired it are The Day of the Triffids, Invasion of the Body Snatchers or Quatermass which had tripodal Martians. See more »

Goofs

Despite dealing with emergency services, hospital staff, hotel staff, etc., at no point are Fitch nor any of his team asked what their authority is for requesting information, surveillance tapes, etc., nor do any of them appear to be wearing any kind of ID. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Xavier Fitch: I'm sorry.
Young Sil: [mouthing] I'm sorry.
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Referenced in The Big Box: The Ritz (2009) See more »

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Take Me
Written and Performed by Michael Lattanzi
Performed by Lattanzi featuring Crystal Taliefero
Courtesy of Lable/Zi Records
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Interesting idea, weak story
4 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

Watched this movie on video, and I found it entertaining. 5 years after its release, the genetic engineering is even more scary as humanity has now (year 2000) discovered properties of the DNA that makes the movie more believable in the beginning. The monster's resemblance to the monsters in the "Alien" movies is striking, although more human in design (Giger).

The storyline is weak, but it still is an entertaining movie. I don't think this movie appeals to the viewers intellect. It is a cross-breed (as is the monster in the movie) and draws on elements from Sci-Fi, splatter-movies, thrillers and soft porn movies.

The special effects are not as impressive anymore, and is where the movie shows its age. Although the end is almost a pure "Alien" rip-off, it fails to provide the suspence of the "Alien" movie. The cliffhanger-rat at the end is a little funny, but contributes to the impression of a weak script with intellectually cheap solutions.

All in all an entertaining, almost-no-brainer movie based on a very interesting idea.


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