When she reaches the end of her lifespan, a scientist urges to Mexico in order to save the half breed, alien seductress he raised as his docile niece, but ends up awakening the deadly, sexual predator inside her.
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
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The original, effects only version of the Sil's nightmare scene where she dreams herself in her alien form mating with male alien was 20 minutes long and was much more detailed and more graphic. H.R. Giger, who designed some of the effects for the film, loved the original uncut version of the nightmare/mating scene and he hated how it was only few seconds long and poorly edited in the final movie version of the scene.
Giger also came up with the idea of killing Sil by blowing her head off, since he thought that her original death from the script where she gets burned alive with flamethrower was too weak. Giger had some other suggestions for the ending, one of which included much bigger and more action packed ending which would take place in drive-in theater showing Ridley Scott's Alien (1979), film on which Giger also worked. This ending had military fighting against Sil with helicopters and Laura eventually killing Sil by blowing her head off with rocket launcher. After she gets killed, Sil's baby would crawl out of her but would also end up dying either by explosion or by being beaten to death by one of the soldiers. See more »
When Preston Lennox (Michael Madsen) and Dr. Laura Baker (Marg Helgenberger) are kissing while she's leaning against the door to her hotel room, her bathroom can be seen through a doorway to her left. At the same time, Sil (Natasha Henstridge) is shown in the hallway listening at the door. To *her* left (both characters are facing the same direction, they're just on opposite sides of the same door) is the door to another hotel room, instead of a wall that the bathroom would be on the other side of. See more »
For some reason I've always loved watching "Species", even though I very well realize that it isn't a particularly good movie. Still due to its approach and handling of a really unoriginal concept and story, the movie can be regarded as one of the best science-fiction movies from the '90's.
If you need to compare this movie to something, you can easily compare it to any of the "Alien"-movies. Of course over the years "Alien" and its sequel "Aliens" have been ripped-off countless times and film-makers often tried to cash in by making basically "Alien" and "Aliens" clones, using the same concept, settings, characters, locations, complete sequences and whatever more that it was that made these two science-fiction movies such an highly acclaimed success. Yes, in my opinion "Species" can definitely be seen as an "Alien" clone but out of all the movies that ever tried to rip off the "Alien" movies in any way possible, this is easily the best movie, that at times even makes you forget how unoriginal it actually truly is.
Also no big wonder that the movie should remind you of "Alien" at times, also since the alien in this movie got designed by the same man who designed the original alien for "Alien" and all of its sequels. So perhaps this is also part of the reason why you so easily can forgive this movie from ripping off "Alien" in parts.
It's a surprising movie from Roger Donaldson, who had never done any science-fiction or horror before and he also hasn't done any ever since. Donaldson is these days mostly known for directing more serious movies.
It's perhaps its horror that also makes this movie work out so well. The movie is not just a science-fiction movie about an alien on the loose but truly knows to create a dark moody atmosphere as well and puts in a couple of true great and effective horror moments, which makes the movie tense and in a way also unpredictable to watch, also since the movie is not too afraid to kill off its main characters.
There is also some gore in the movie that is good looking, with its often graphic killings. Also the make-up effects are great and the movie uses some early special effects, that especially for 1995 standards seem like pretty good ones, even though the movie itself somewhat feels and looks like a low budget production.
The movie makes a choice not to only follow the team that is called in to hunt down the alien but also shows things from the perspective of the alien herself. She's constantly learning things, which she uses to adapt and blend in and to eventually get what she wants. This approach gives "Species" a nice extra dimension. It's like "The Day the Earth Stood Still", only with a not so friendly alien.
The movie also has an amazing cast with actors such as Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker and Michelle Williams involved. Whenever I hear the name- or a thinking of Ben Kingsley, I'm not thinking about "Schindler's List" or "Ghandi" but I'm thinking about "Species". I don't now, I just find it to be a very amusing role by him, despite the fact that he plays his character totally death serious.
I love this movie!
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