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Species (1995)



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An alien comes to Earth to breed so that her kind can overtake the planet in this action-filled sci-fi film. She came in response to radio signals sent into space by scientists. The radio signals contained our DNA code and from this her race engineered her as a walking breeder in the shape of a beautiful blonde. The story opens as scientists working in a secret subterranean lab try to gas a little girl to death. The reason for their seeming cruelty soon becomes apparent when the girl destroys the chamber and escapes into the desert. Now they must quickly find her, lest the alien child succeed in her deadly mission. She is pursued by a Marine tracker and professional assassin, Press; an empath, Dan; a molecular biologist, Laura; and Arden, a Harvard anthropologist. Meanwhile, Sil, the alien female, changes herself into an adult and boards a train for downtown LA where she soon finds herself involved in singles' bars. Though, physically beautiful, Sil has a lot to learn about human culture and makes several mistakes. Fortunately, the hunks she sleeps with are too aroused to pay much attention and after several such encounters, she finally manages to get pregnant. When the searchers finally catch up, mayhem and action ensues.more
Rating: R (for sci-fi violence, strong sexuality and some language)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Dennis Feldman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 1997
MGM Home Entertainment


Ben Kingsley
as Xavier Fitch
Michael Madsen
as Press Lennox
Alfred Molina
as Stephen Arden
Forest Whitaker
as Dan Smithson
Marg Helgenberger
as Laura Baker
Scott McKenna
as Train Hobo
Jayne Luke
as Snack Shop Clerk
David K. Schroeder
as German Tourist
Dave Jensen
as Conductor
Esther Scott
as Female Conductor
William Utay
as Colleague
David Selburg
as Government Man
Herta Ware
as Mrs. Morris
Melissa Bickerton
as Fitch's Secretary
Lucy Rodriguez
as Wedding Dress Salesw...
Scott Sproule
as Team Driver
Marliese Schneider
as Abducted Woman
Gary Bullock
as Motel Clerk
Susan Hauser
as Lab Worker
Caroline Barclay
as Drunken Girl
Matthew Ashford
as Guy in Club
Sarah S. Leese
as Screaming Woman
Whip Hubley
as John Carey
Patricia Belcher
as Admittance Clerk
Robert Mendelson
as Homeless Man
Pam Cook
as Commercial Model
Lisa Liberati
as Bathroom Bimbo
Ed Stone
as Waiter
Kurtis Burow
as Baby Boy
Dana Hee
as Creature Performer
David Jensen
as Conductor
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Critic Reviews for Species

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (14)

Ingeniously combines the schlocky fun of '50s sci-fi flicks with the shock tactics of Alien and the cautionary allure of Looking for Mr. Goodbar.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Takes a clever premise and turns it in to soft core porn with a clunky ending.

Full Review… | February 7, 2011
Cinema Crazed

Director Roger Donaldson's cartoonlike, computer-generated shots of the alien in battle are the ultimate cop-out in a film more deserving of the title Feces.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Georgia Straight

It is no masterpiece, but after some of the schlock seen this year, it is nice to see a science-fiction horror film that delivers.

Full Review… | July 13, 2008

Audience Reviews for Species

Ben Kingsley's science experiment with alien DNA (explained in a dazzle of two sentences) escapes and terrorizes the male population of Los Angeles with copulation (Oh my!) in this not-too-serious blond creature feature with some A-list talent seriously wasted. C-grade entertainment.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Species is easily one of the weirdest films i've layed my eyes on in a while. It has a great premise, a good cast and a big budget but the problem is it's never as exciting as it deservedly should be. Which is quite surprising considering it's intriguing and courageous story. Firstly, apart from a handful of shocks the film has no atmosphere whatsoever and suffers from wooden performances and a baggy final 20 minutes that leads up to a very unsuspenseful climax. However as stupid and flawed as it is the mash up of B movie creature conventions and erotic thriller overtones make for an interesting story with a sexy alien. It reminded me of Vincenzo Natali's recent picture, Splice, a film that I think is incredible, has depth, and quite possibly was inspired by the film. And that's good enough for me. It's a badly shot piece of trash, but it's so aware of itself, and sometimes funny, but always entertaining. You can't exactly say much about the film because it's reasonably unremarkable, but it's worth watching once if you want to pass an hour and 40 minutes. For what it's worth it deserves a marginal recommendation.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Species is a terrific Sci Fi horror film.with a good cast of actors. After an experiment at a top secret facility goes haywire, The facilities latest experiment escapes. The experiment is a woman implanted with Alien DNA and she must find a mate to create an alien race. Scientists hunt her down at any cost. Species plays out like a B movie with a big budget. Special effects are crafted by famed Swiss artist H.R Geiger who designed the creatures in Ridley Scott's Alien. The film is helmed by Roger Donaldson who went to film other terrific films such as Thirteen Days and The World's Fastest Indian. Despite the throwback of the B movie feel that Species offers, this is still a very enjoyable film despite the flaws. The effects are awesome and theres plenty of gore in the film to appeal to the gore fans. The film does leave room for improvement, but Species is a fairly entertaining ride that has more highs than lows. This is a film that is fairly underrated. Sure the film is not Alien, but it manages to be a pretty effective Sci Fi Horror film. If you can get past the cliches, which work well, this is a treat to watch and enjoy. Sci Fi Horror fans should be pleased at this interesting film because it uses plenty of old tricks that though some may find old, are quite inventive in this effects laden film. The diehard Horror buff will surely enjoy this film, I did and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a different type of Alien monster film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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