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Species [1995]

Director:Roger Donaldson
Writer:Dennis Feldman
Composer:Christopher Young
Length:108 minutes
(1 hour 48 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
IMDB Rating:5.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:38%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A message from outer space contains instructions on how to modify human DNA. So, of course, we do.

Reaction: A bit ridiculous and the characters could use some work.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Roger Donaldson => Director
Dennis Feldman => Writer
Christopher Young => Composer
H.R. Giger => Conceptual Designer
Alfred Molina => Dr. Stephen Arden
Anthony Guidera => Robbie, Guy Picking Up Sil
Ben Kingsley => Xavier Fitch
Coati Mundi => Conga Player (uncredited)
David Jensen => Conductor
David Selburg => Government Man
Don Fischer => Aide
Esther Scott => Female Conductor
Forest Whitaker => Dan Smithson, Empath
Frank Welker => Alien Sil (voice)
Gary Bullock => Motel Clerk
Herta Ware => Mrs. Morris
Jayne Luke => Snack Shop Clerk
Jimmy Chunga => Commando (uncredited)
Jordan Lund => Aide
Kurtis Burow => Baby Boy
Marg Helgenberger => Dr. Laura Baker
Marliese Schneider => Abducted Woman (as Marliese K. Schneider)
Michael Madsen => Preston Lennox
Michelle Williams => Young Sil
Natasha Henstridge => Sil
Richard Fancy => Hospital Doctor
Scott McKenna => Train Hobo

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The film debut of Natasha Henstridge.
  • When Sil watches TV at the motel, she flips through different channels and they all show various things she will do later in the film. Like having sex, showing off her body, etc.
  • Fitch's comment that they made Sil female to be more docile is an in-joke that belies his ignorance. In every predatory species known, the female is always more aggressive.
  • For the scene in which Sil is 'born' from the cocoon, the train set was built upside down. Natasha Henstridge, totally naked and covered in KY Jelly lubricant, was pushed through the cocoon, and the shot was flipped upside down afterwards, to achieve the effect of her falling out.
  • Xavier (Ben Kingsley) Fitch says that the alien signal was received by the Arecibo radio telescope exactly nineteen years after an outbound message was transmitted. Since the transmissions traveled at the speed of light, that means that the alien solar system is approximately nine light-years from Earth. There are two stars which are likely candidates, Sirius and Luyten 726-8A.
  • During the production, MGM opted not to shoot the "nightmare train" sequence to keep costs down. H.R. Giger was not willing to accept that, however, so he spent $100,000 of his own money to finance the sequence.
  • Michael Madsen and Marg Helgenberger were allowed to improvise their sex scene.
  • An early draft of the script had the young Sil calmly killing a friendly cab driver. In an effort to keep the audiences sympathy for her character (and to make the murder of the porter more shocking) the scene was changed to Sil killing a tramp in self defense after he attempts to attack her.