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Horror - Monsters, Sci-Fi - Aliens, Sci-Fi - Invasion of Earth, Species

Species II (1998)

Species2

Duration 1h 29m Rating (UK) 18
Source of story Loosely based on the first film of the franchise
Director Peter Medak
Writers/Script Chris Brancato (characters by Dennis Feldman)
Starring Michael Madsen, Natasha Henstridge, Marg Helgenberger, James Cromwell, Nancy La Scala, Raquel Gardner

Elevator Pitch: A Mars mission results in the crew of three being infected by alien slime. Meanwhile on earth a scientist has a clone of Sil (from Species I) named Eve, who is being experimented on to determine her resistance to earth weapons.  Patrick Ross, the captain of the mission starts to have sex with any available females and the results are almost immediate alien births, and the deaths of the women involved. Press, the agent from the first invasion is recruited and he and others hunt the alien. It seems to be inevitatble that it and Eve will get together.

Content: Considering the fact that these aliens have the overriding requirement to have sex to propage their species, there is a lot of sex and nudity, although the result is to be an alien bursting out of the women’s stomachs. There is time spent in the laboratory where Eve is kept in a restricted environment, her alieness surpressed until they need her to track the new arrival. Those looking for the alien dash about, at one point trying to get to the three astronuauts before they have sex – unsuccessful in two cases. People also die due to being pierced by alien tentacles.

A View: this outing was panned by the critics, disliked by the general public and lost a lot of money, but there was enough sex, blood and gore to keep it going and I quite liked the Mars space craft. On the debit side the alien capabilies seemed to vary depending on what was required of the script. If their blood could invade people and turn them into aliens why did they need to have sex? And the impregnation of the female alien by a sort of bizarre blow job was a bit beyond the pale. But it is not the worst film I have seen, so if this description does not put you off, maybe a watch for sci-fi fans.

Additional Info: This is the second of four films of the franchise. There has also been a graphic novel and an ordinary novel based on this film.

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