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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.

Director:

Roger Donaldson

Writer:

Dennis Feldman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Xavier Fitch
Michael Madsen ... Preston Lennox
Alfred Molina ... Dr. Stephen Arden
Forest Whitaker ... Dan Smithson
Marg Helgenberger ... Dr. Laura Baker
Natasha Henstridge ... Sil
Michelle Williams ... Young Sil
Jordan Lund ... Aide
Don Fischer ... Aide
Scott McKenna Scott McKenna ... Train Hobo
Virginia Morris ... Mother
Jayne Luke Jayne Luke ... Snack Shop Clerk
David K. Schroeder David K. Schroeder ... German Tourist
David Jensen David Jensen ... Conductor
Esther Scott ... Female Conductor
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Storyline

In 1993, a search for extraterrestrial life, a transmission's recieved, 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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Men cannot resist her. Mankind may not survive her. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Michelle Williams dislikes this movie, due to the amount of bullying she received after it was released. See more »

Goofs

The team goes back to the hotel, and after having drinks they go to their rooms. A member of the hotel staff is seen knocking a door, saying "Housekeeping" and Sil then obtains her keys. However no-one would be making housekeeping rounds in the evening. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Xavier Fitch: I'm sorry.
Young Sil: [mouthing] I'm sorry.
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Soundtracks

Take Me
Written and Performed by Michael Lattanzi
Performed by Lattanzi featuring Crystal Taliefero
Courtesy of Lable/Zi Records
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Amusing Alien Sleaze
15 August 2009 | by SquonkamaticSee all my reviews

Let's face it, SPECIES is a B movie with an A list cast & production design to match. It's a deceptive entertainment that finally shows it's hand during the boring, silly showdown in the sewer level from Quake II where you have to find the red key & beat the boss monster without the quad damage. I'd always drown before I could find the biosuit. Why this was never made into an adults oriented video game is beyond me, other than the obvious problem with marketing it to teenagers.

The whole SPECIES franchise was meant to cash in on the success of the ALIEN films, obviously, and go straight for the amniotic fluid in the reproductive cycle at the expense of logic, probability, and science. It's probably a better movie than it had to be and I'm sure that multiple viewings will bring out more nuances, though that's probably not the idea they had in mind when making it. Once will suffice for most viewers.

I enjoyed seeing Natasha Henstridge naked, however, and the H.R. Giger creature designs are fabulous as always. In fact I wondered, is the whole film really a contrivance just to get to see Giger's aliens mating with humans? Why yes, it probably is. And for some people that's enough to warrant watching it regardless of whom the lead body actress is. Giger's designs were sexually suggestive to begin with and with this movie he finally got to see them doing the nasty. I trust he was well paid.

In any event it's a wildly popular film for reasons that have nothing to do with the professionalism of the cast & crew. Which by the way someone should have told them before prodding us with their serious, emotive performances that serve as buffer zones between the sex & ooze scenes. Only Michael Madsen seems to be aware that it was essentially an exploitation film and acts accordingly. He's spoken of his pride in the work and it shows, especially when considering that he turned up for SPECIES 2 with it's bonus deathmatch levels and Capture The Flag mod.

6/10


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1995 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,161,943, 9 July 1995

Gross USA:

$60,074,103

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,374,103
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