Species (1995 franchise)

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Scene from a dream sequence in Species (1995 franchise), depicting a biomechanical "ghost train" created by H.R. Giger....

Summary

A horror film series mostly revolving around "Sil", a seemingly beautiful alien hybrid created in a laboratory from genetic blueprints obtained from signals from space, who is driven to find and kill mates so that her species can replace humans, consisting of these films and their spin-offs in other media:

  • Species (1995)
  • Species II (1998)
  • Species III (2004)
  • Species: Awakening (2007)

Details

  • Release Date: 1995-present
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Science Fiction
  • Starring: Natasha Henstridge and others
  • Director: Roger Donaldson
  • Writer: Dennis Feldman, based on a character created by H.R. Giger
  • Producer/Production Co: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  • View Trailer: (link), (link), (link), (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Nudity, horrific Sexual Situations, Violence, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)

Beyond just the tentacles, the monster is suitably indifferent to humanity beyond human value as "Human Resources", there's the H.R. Giger character/set designs and special effects (from his Necronomicon art series/books), the way the alien was assembled in a lab with instructions from another world or another dimension which could be described as a sort of "piecing together of dissociated knowledge" opening up "terrifying vistas of reality" or in terms of an unearthly monster conjured up after delving too deeply into a sort of electronic or genetic forbidden tome, and most/all films in the series had a sort of ready-made Delta Green plot to it with a cell of agents from various organizations trying to track the monster down before it's too late....

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Victor De Leon at HorrorNews dotnet, (link) - "...a film that you just take what you need from it and disregard the rest.... I for one didn’t find it disposable in the least... just a bit silly. Silly with some moments of light and pleasant B movie fun thrown in for good measure...."


Synopsis

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SPECIES - When a government scientist intercepts a space transmission containing the genetic sequence for an alien life form, he uses it to produce "Sil" -- a gorgeous alien-human hybrid. As the scientist grows concerned at her rapid rate of growth, Sil wrecks the laboratory and begins a violent quest for a suitable male human to impregnate her. The U.S. government dispatches top assassin Preston Lennox and a team of experts to stop her. SPECIES II - An astronaut just returned from a mission to Mars. He's slowly becoming a terrifying alien entity with one goal -- to procreate with human women! When countless women suffer gruesome deaths after bearing half-alien offspring, a scientist and a hired assassin use "Eve", a more tempered alien clone of Sil, to find the astronaut and his brood. Before long Eve escapes to join the astronaut.... SPECIES III - After she delivers her child in an ambulance, alien Eve is killed by a half-breed. Fortunately, a doctor scoops up the baby alien and escapes. In time, the baby grows into a gorgeous blonde and begins her quest to find a worthy mate. But she is also savage and leaves a trail of deaths in her wake. This carnage makes a chemistry student question whether to help her race or not. SPECIES: AWAKENING - With help from her uncle, a woman who is a half-human, half-alien clone searches for the scientist who created her.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

  • Characer: "Sil" (AKA "Eve"), a hybrid alien created from genetic blueprints obtained from a mysterious transmission from space, mixed with human DNA in a misguided attempt to make her "docile"; character created/designed by H.R. Giger
  • Organization: Delta Green


Keeper Notes

  • The film series has a sort of ready-made Delta Green plot to it with a cell of agents from various organizations trying to track the hybrid alien monsters down before it's too late....