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“There is a ruthless alien creature stalking the streets of Los Angeles in the form of a beautiful 21-year-old woman. If she finds someone to mate with, human life on this planet might be destroyed. That’s the premise of SPECIES … In pursuit of the alien is a team of scientists and troubleshooters who want to prevent the alien from mating by incinerating her. But first they have to find her. If SPECIES sounds ridiculous, it is — though as ridiculous science fiction films go, this one has its moments. The picture’s disturbing and intriguing beginning shows Ben Kingsley, as a very serious, very bald scientist, presiding over the cyanide-gas execution of a 12- year-old girl. It’s not a human girl, but the product of a human embryo crossed with DNA material sent to Earth by space aliens.

The alien girl, Sil, gets away, boards a train, undergoes a horrendous metamorphosis and the next thing you know her tentacles are pulling a female railroad worker into her body. The absorption complete, Sil emerges as a sexually mature woman (Natasha Henstridge) ready to mate with anything. The handful of people out to stop her include Kingsley’s scientist, two other scientists, an ’empath’ (Forest Whitaker) and a hit man (Michael Madsen).” –San Francisco Chronicle

  • Country USA
  • Year 1995
  • Running Time 108 minutes
  • Director Roger Donaldson

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