Species II (1998)

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An astronaut gets infected with alien DNA during the first mission on Mars and runs amok on earth. Preston and Laura team up with a peaceful, genetically re-engineered Sil to track the monster down.



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Mykelti Williamson and Justin Lazard are a pair of astronauts who make the first successful manned mission to Mars. Lazard's character gets infected by an alien and slowly begins to mutate. When they get back to Earth all he has on his mind is to have sex with Henstridge! Written by Anonymous

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Species 2: Offspring  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,274,008 (USA) (10 April 1998)


£831,695 (UK) (18 September 1998)

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Shortest of all four Species movies. See more »


In the nursery near the end, when Patrick's son extends the tentacles and rises to the ceiling, from the first view just behind of and slightly to the right of Patrick, the boy starts out several feet away from in front of Patrick, but when the view switches to overhead the boy is rising from a spot less than a foot from in front of Patrick, practically touching him. See more »


Patrick Ross: What the fuck you laughing at, bitch?
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Followed by Species: The Awakening (2007) See more »


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A sequel that lacks new ideas
8 February 2009 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

Of course, killing the alien was no reason to stop the producers from making a sequel. The cliffhanger from the end of part one (a rat with alien DNA might spread it like a disease) was completely ignored though. Although we were told in the original movie, the alien DNA came from light years away, it is now found on Mars (just around the corner in astronomical terms), and astronauts take it home to Earth. Since there was a bit of gore and sex in the first movie, there is a lot more gore and sex in the second one, as if that could improve the quality in any way. We get a lot of cliché characters, from the corrupt senator to the uncompromising general, and the survivors of part one are treated carelessly by the screenplay: Helgenberger lends a willing hand to cruel experiments, Natasha Henstridge returns as the alien's latest clone, but during the whole first hour of the movie, she has nothing to do except sit around in a glass cage. Madsen just needs to run around armed and look cool - he understandably gives a lackluster performance. The sequel was definitely not as intelligent as the original and tries to hide the lack of ideas with gallons of blood. I voted 8/5/6/7 for the 4 parts of the series.

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