SPECIES II

Deconstructing Humanity

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Release Date: April 10, 1998

Starring: Natasha Henstridge, James Cromwell, Marg Helgenberger, Justin Lazard, Michael Madsen, & Mykelti Williamson

Genre: Horror

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Distributor: MGM/UA

Director: Peter Medak

Executive Producer: Dennis Feldman

Producer: Frank Mancuso, Jr.

Writer: Chris Brancato

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Frank Mancuso, Chairman & CEO, MGM/UA
2500 Broadway Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404-3061
(310) 449-3000

Content:

(AbAbAb, B, LLL, VVV, SSS, NNN, A, D, M) Anti-Christian, anti-baby, anti-woman worldview of alien that mates & kills, also some recognitions of God; 34 obscenities & 9 profanities; extensive, bloody violence including aliens ripping out of human abdomens, aliens pierce humans, man shoots head off alien, images of human corpses, & other grotesqueries; several scenes of fornication, oral sex implied & scenes of a strip club; full male & female nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, miscellaneous immorality.


Summary:

SPECIES II continues the dehumanizing themes of its predecessor, except this time the violence is mainly against women, making the story even more vile. A male alien impregnates women who are killed when the mature offspring are instantly born. Containing explicit sexual and violent images, this horror film attempts to give an abstinence message, but ends up offending and grossing out its audience.


Review:

The original SPECIES movie had a wicked blend of sex and violence grossing out its audience and providing a very strong pro-death and even pro-abortion message. Natasha Henstridge appeared to be a beautiful woman looking for sex, but in fact she was an alien out to steal men's sperm, kill them off like a female black widow and then cheapen the human race by making it into a monster. In SPECIES II, these themes are maintained, except this time the violence is against women primarily, making the story even more vile and reprehensible.
A manned mission to Mars sends three Americans to collect rocks on the Martian surface. Among them is a Senator's son and presidential hopeful, Patrick Ross (Justin Lazard). We learn that some alien DNA is hidden in the rocks, and once Ross comes into contact with it, it recombines with his own DNA to turn him into half alien-half man.
On his return to earth, his sexual instinct is even higher than his normal womanizing ways. He disobeys a quarantine from sexual encounters and fornicates the night of his return. Mere moments after intercourse, the woman's abdomen rips open, killing her and revealing a small boy also containing recombinant DNA. Police detective Lenox (Michael Madsen) is called in to track down the mysterious murderer whom he realizes from his earlier work is actually an alien. Meanwhile, Dr. Laura Baker (Marg Helgenberger) conducts experiments on a female species half-human/half-alien clone named Eve (Natasha Henstridge) in a controlled laboratory environment. Eve is able to help the authorities track down Ross, but her own sexual instincts become so strong that she breaks free from the lab and goes on the prowl for Ross. Then, it is a fight to find both Eve and Ross before they mate and make a super strain of fearsome, human-hating creatures.
The only noteworthy element of this movie is the special effects, but even the alien was done better in the ALIEN movies. The script is weak. The acting is only marginal. The violence is gross and bloody, and the attack on humanity acute. SPECIES II tries to make a statement about controlling your sexual appetite, but in the process demonstrates some graphic sexuality, which can hardly be called titillating because it is always followed by predictable violence.
Fans of the original SPECIES may be disappointed that Natasha Henstridge's role here is severely limited. It is a shame that Mykelti Williamson, who accepted the MOVIEGUIDE award for FORREST GUMP, has stooped to such lousy fare. This is a movie worthy of our twenty worst list and seems destined for a quick turn to video.


In Brief:

SPECIES II continues the pro-death, dehumanizing themes of its predecessor, except this time the violence is mainly against women, making the story even more vile and reprehensible. A mission to Mars sends three Americans to collect rocks on the Martian surface. Among them is a Senator's son, Patrick Ross. Alien DNA recombines with his DNA to turn Patrick into half alien-half man. On his return to earth, his sexual instinct is higher than his normal womanizing ways. He disobeys a quarantine and fornicates the night of his return. Moments after intercourse, the woman's abdomen rips open, killing her and revealing a small boy also containing recombinant DNA. Authorities, including a clone of the female alien species, are recruited to find and stop Patrick from mating again.
The only noteworthy element of this movie is the special effects, though the alien was done better in the ALIEN movies. The script is weak. The acting is only marginal. The violence is gross, and the attack on humanity acute. SPECIES II tries to make a statement about controlling your sexual appetite, but in the process demonstrates graphic sexuality. This movie seems destined for a quick turn to video.