REVIEW: SPECIES IV: THE AWAKENING

CAST

Helena Mattsson (Iron Man 2)
Ben Cross (Star Trek)
Dominic Keating (Star Trek: Enterprise)
Marlene Favela (Rubi)
Meagen Fay (The Big Bang Theory)
Adam Wylie (Child’s Play 2)

Miranda Hollander (Helena Mattsson) is a beautiful and smart young woman. She is a college professor and lives with her “uncle”, Tom Hollander (Ben Cross) who works in a museum. Miranda can read books just by touching them, without even needing to open them. Miranda believes that she has lived with her “uncle” ever since her parents were killed in an accident while she was a baby. After her birthday, Miranda becomes unconscious and is sent to a local hospital. Tom is notified by the police. When Miranda arrives at the hospital, she silently transforms into alien form, strips naked and by seducing kills a few people. When Tom finally arrives at the hospital the following morning, he finds bodies everywhere. Tom locates Miranda, injects her with human hormone and begins to drive her to Mexico.

On the way to Mexico, Miranda wakes up, asking for the cause of her ‘illness’. Tom tells Miranda that she is the result of an experiment that combined human and alien DNA, an experiment conducted with his friend Forbes McGuire (Dominic Keating) while they were both still in college. Tom has been injecting her with human hormones since her childhood to suppress her alien DNA. Her parents never existed; they were just a fiction created by Tom to help build up Miranda’s “normal life.” Tom explains he and Forbes parted ways because of differences of opinion over their vision of their creation.When they arrive in Mexico, Miranda rests in a motel room while Tom spends the day searching for Forbes. After a few incidents, Tom and Miranda locate Forbes’ current home. Forbes now lives with his recent experiment named Azura (Marlene Favela), another human and alien DNA hybrid who also serves as his lover. Forbes supports his experiment by creating half-alien facsimiles of dead pets and relatives. Forbes checks Miranda’s condition and finds that Miranda has reached the end of her lifespan and will die in days. The only way to deny death is injecting fresh human DNA into Miranda. Miranda won’t allow that to happen when she realizes it will result in the sacrifice of another human being.

Again, Miranda becomes unconscious. Tom goes searching for a “donor” and is mugged by a woman in the process. Azura then incapacitates the mugger and the two bring her back to Forbes’ lab, where they succeed in extending Miranda’s life. However, Miranda jokes about having sex with Azura; she even invites Tom to have drunken sex in their hotel room. When she is refused, Miranda leaves. Tom studies Miranda’s blood and sees the hormones are unstable, resulting in her alien side becoming increasingly dominant, mentally first, then physically. She copulates with the innkeeper, another hybrid, but his sterility results in her killing him. Miranda then steals a provocative red dress from a bar singer.
Tom wishes to sedate Miranda, so they can fix the imbalance in her DNA; Forbes gives him a near-lethal dose to use, but warns that she’s “100% pure creature.” Investigating a church, Tom is attacked by Azura; she is angry that his arrival changed things. He manages to knock her out by dropping a large cross on her, leaving Azura to heal and regain consciousness. Forbes tracks Miranda to an abandoned warehouse, where she strips naked; Miranda reveals Forbes has wanted to have sex with her since they met. She squeezes his hand to make him drop the sedative; Forbes gives in to his lust, allowing Miranda to strip him. They copulate, much to his pleasure. Once finished, Miranda changes into alien form and sends her tongue down Forbes’ throat, suffocating him. Tom finds them later, barely pitying Forbes. Tom takes Miranda back to Forbes’ house, where he discovers via X-ray that a new creature is rapidly growing in her womb. Miranda weakly says her humanity is dying, and that she doesn’t want to be pure alien. Unfortunately, Azura returns in alien form; Tom is forced to fight her off. Just when Azura has Tom cornered, Miranda attacks her and kills Azura. However, she suffers a fatal wound. In human form, Miranda thanks Tom for giving her life before dying. In the final scene Tom turns on all the gas burners and tanks in the house and leaves. The house explodes and Tom walks away, as the film ends.

In terms of plot this has no connection with previous films in the series. The characters have no connection to previous ones and overall it is very much a independent story. The plot itself is simple, going from point A to B to C ect there’s no flashbacks, no real twists and people who know the genre or have seen previous installments knows exactly where it is going and exactly how it will end.However, it has lots of good points that make this worth seeing. The director and visuals are great, the angles, the pacing, the framing and the overall look is very well done. Of special note is the lighting which is all neon greens, blues and reds which works really well in this movie. The performances are quite good and our female Alien, though not being as good as Natasha Henstridge is even better than the lass from Species 3, and she does a good job going from naive to sexual predator in a heartbeat.

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REVIEW: SPECIES III

CAST

Robin Dunne (Sanctuary)
Sunny Mabrey (Snakes on A Plane)
Robert Knepper (Izombie)
Amelia Cooke (Alien Agent)
John Paul Pitoc (Tick)
Christopher Neame (Ghostbuers II)
Natasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle)

The film begins immediately where Species II left off. Hours after the events of the previous film, the medical van transporting the lifeless Eve has lost its way, but when the co-driver tries to radio their superiors, the driver stops and holds him at gun-point. Both are surprised by the alien child (now called “half-breed”) appearing in the back window and killing the co-driver with his tongue. In the back the driver finds the half-breed and a reviving Eve, who goes into labor and gives birth to a new-born alien. While the half-breed strangles Eve with his tongue, the driver wraps the new-born in his jacket and runs off through the forest as a military helicopter finds the deserted van. Government agent Wasach orders an autopsy and afterwards the burning of Eve’s body.

The driver is revealed as Dr. Abbot, teaching biochemistry at a university, who believes it is wrong to decide whether a species should live or die. In his home, he keeps Eve’s offspring, who within a few months has grown into a young girl named Sara. The half-breed that killed Eve, also aged, visits Dr. Abbot in his office, asking to see “it” (Eve’s offspring), but then partly decays and dies in his chair. The shocked Doctor asks Dean, a student whose funding is in jeopardy, to assist him in his research to create a perfect alien DNA, promising him funding and future awards.

In Abbot’s absence, Sara undergoes a metamorphosis similar to Sil’s that envelopes her into a cocoon, destroying her clothes, but transforming her into a beautiful blonde young woman. When Dr. Turner, a fellow professor, arrives at Abbot’s house, he comes across Sara, who is naked, tries to seduce him, and when he comes near her she rejects him when she detects that his genes are imperfect. Dr. Turner, annoyed at his lost opportunity, implies Sara his raping intentions and tries it but is killed by Sara. Looking for prospective breeding partners, Sara strolls onto campus (clothed), and finally makes contact with another half-breed. The two begin to mate but Sara rejects him when she discovers that he suffers from diseases. Later on, at Abbot’s house, the angry half-breed attacks Sara and tries to impregnate her. Abbot sprays hydrochloric gas over the lab, killing the half-breed, but not before it fatally wounds him. Before dying, Abbot begs Dean to continue his work. Left in charge, Dean ponders whether he should continue alone. Sara urges him to save her species. Later, Dean follows Sara to his campus, where he encounters her in a classroom. She tries to have sex with him, but he sees her in her alien form and resists.

Meanwhile, Dean’s campus roommate, Hastings, contacted a website, on which a woman called Amelia wants to date biochemists, feeding her data from Dean’s notes. Amelia, the leader of the half-breeds, responds to it and begins to arrive at his campus. On her way she stops at a gas station, where a gas attendant seeing her body naked, decides to rape her. She allows him to rape her before killing him. She then arrives at the campus and is looking for Eve’s offspring. She senses Sara’s presence and kidnaps Hastings. At Abbot’s house, Amelia and Sara pressure Hastings into creating the perfect species so that both can have mates. Dean is picked up by agent Wasach, who also monitored the Amelia website and observed some connection to the disbanded project Athena. The two interrupt the proceedings at Abbot’s house and take Sara’s harvested eggs. The three humans flee to a nearby experimental power plant, followed by Amelia and Sara. Dean attempts to trap Sara and Amelia in the plant’s core. When Sara’s eggs fall into the core, Amelia attempts to kill Dean, and kisses him but is stopped by Sara, who throws Amelia into the core. Dean manages to close the shaft to the core just in time to prevent a nuclear disaster, but not before Sara also falls down the shaft.

Later, when Hastings drops by Abbot’s house, he finds Sara alive, along with a new alien boy. Dean explains that he pulled Sara to safety and created the perfect mate for her, using the salvageable parts of the half-breed DNA so that Sara wouldn’t be alone. Dean asks Sara why she saved him, since with her eggs gone there was no reason to. Sara doesn’t answer, but it’s indicated that she’s grown to care for Dean. After Sara and her mate have departed, Dean reveals to Hastings that he ensured the mate would be sterile, thereby preventing any offspring.

Its 6 years later and they made another one! This is the first direct to video species sequel, slightly lower budget this time and a change of cast, not as good as the original 2 but still great fun, we get a good open sequence that continues not long after the second movie, We get a cameo from Natasha Henstridge playing her Eve character giving birth to a new strain of alien before leaving the franchise, we then get introduced to the younger replacement Sunny Mabrey (XXX-2, Snakes on a plane) a hot blonde with a killer body, and plentiful nudity there is too! once she turns adult the alien urges come out, can she be controlled or will she want to destroy humanity like her mother, for a lower budget sequel it still really is rather enjoyable and well paced with some new ideas, the effects are not too bad, some cool gore in places, if your a hard-core fan of the series you will probably enjoy it, not as much as the originals but worth a watch.

REVIEW: SPECIES II

CAST

Natasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle)
Michael Madsen (Powers)
Marg Helgenberger (CSI)
Mykelti Williamson (Con Air)
George Dzunda (The Deer Hunter)
James Cromwell (Star Trek: First Contact)
Justin Lazard (Universal Soldier 2)
Sarah Wynter (The 6th Day)
Richard Belzer (The Flash 90s)
Peter Boyle (Taxi Driver)

Roughly two years after the first film, an American space mission lands on Mars; Patrick Ross, the commander of the mission, collects soil samples. However, the temperature on board the ship thaws a mysterious substance within a sample, which then attempts to infect the astronauts, causing a seven-minute time gap in radio contact between Earth and the shuttle. The mission is still considered a success and the crew safely returns to Earth. Only Dr. Cromwell, a former scientist and now an inmate in an asylum, reacts violently to their return.Under military supervision, headed by Colonel Carter Burgess Jr., a team of scientists, led by Dr. Laura Baker, have created a more-docile clone of Sil, named Eve, in an effort to understand the alien lifeform and prepare for defense, should it ever arrive on Earth in the future. Only female staff are allowed in Eve’s presence as a precaution to aid keeping her in check.

After their return, the three astronauts – Ross, as well as Dennis Gamble and Anne Sampas – are examined by the space agency doctor, Orinsky, and quarantined to prevent them from engaging in sexual activity for ten days. However, at a fundraiser honoring the astronauts, Patrick quickly disregards this advice and makes out with a woman referred to as the Debutante in a lounge (his fiancée, Melissa, claims that he is resting, so she may not be aware of his infidelity). When he is called to give a speech, the Debutante invites him up to her room to have sex. After making his speech, he visits her room and finds her and her sister both waiting for him. Patrick then has sex with the Debutante, then her sister. As Patrick has sex again, the Debutante undergoes an accelerated pregnancy; within minutes, her stomach bursts open to release a newborn hybrid of human and alien DNA. This seems to synchronize with the alien DNA in Patrick as he sprouts tentacles, which the sister notices; Patrick continues having sex, despite her pleas, leaving her to the same fate (which is never seen). Meanwhile, an isolated Eve, undergoing tests in the lab, shows signs of great, physiological excitement every time Patrick has sex with women.

Patrick hides the women’s corpses and his two rapidly-growing children (his first-born and second-born son) in a remote shed on family property. The next day, he tries to confide his concerns about his lost memories (due to the alien DNA taking over) to his father, the ruthless and ambitious Senator Judson Ross, but Judson rebuffs him, revealing that he knows about Patrick’s ignoring of the quarantine procedure and advising him to keep his mind on his goals, as he believes his son will one day be President. Later, at the space center, Dr. Orinsky discovers something amiss about Patrick’s blood sample, leading him to try to contact Cromwell. However, Patrick (once again under the control of the alien DNA) sneaks into the lab in alien form and disembowels Orinsky to hide the discovery, retrieving the blood sample. Laura discovers alien DNA similar to Eve’s in Orinsky’s corpse; if Eve were to mate with a male infected by this, the resulting offspring would be much stronger as a result of being a purer strain. Burgess reunites Laura with Press Lennox, who founded a private security firm after the first film, to contain the new threat. Press and Laura contact Cromwell, Orinsky’s former professor, who tells them that he warned the government against going to Mars due to his discovery that an alien species had once colonized the planet when it had been more like Earth in the past; he feared that any remaining alien DNA might infect any humans that landed there, but he was silenced.

Press and Laura report their findings to Burgess and tell him that Patrick, Anne and Dennis are the likely candidates. They attempt to find Patrick first, but he is nowhere to be found, so they go after Anne Sampas, who was also infected with alien DNA during the return trip home. Unfortunately, by the time they are able to locate her, she has already had unprotected sex with her husband and has become impregnated with human/alien offspring, which emerges from her womb shortly after. Press and Laura manage to kill the newborn creature, but not before it kills both Anne and her husband.

Government agents are able to locate Dennis Gamble and analyze his blood, revealing that he was not infected and is allowed to go home, though he is asked if he knows where to find Patrick. He answers that he doesn’t know where Patrick is, but is asked to inform them of where he is or where he might be found should he ever see him. Dennis decides to go find Patrick to find out what is going on. Laura discovers that Anne’s DNA does not match that in Orinsky’s wounds, leaving Patrick as the only remaining suspect-now-culprit. Despite his attempts to ward off his fiancée, Patrick awakes to the next day to find that her body is mutilated and another human/alien child, another son, was born to him through her. Horrified, he washes up, dresses in his military uniform, and shoots himself in the head with a rifle. However, as Patrick is infected with the alien DNA, his head regenerates, restoring him; unfortunately, the alien DNA is now in full control. As Dennis, who arrives moments before the suicide attempt, witnesses this, he becomes scared and runs off to tell Press and Laura; he then joins Press and Laura in their mission. Patrick, with the alien half in control, begins to impregnate as many women as he can (mostly prostitutes and strippers), killing them in the process, and burying them next to his shed where he accumulates a large, virulent brood of alien children of various ages, both male and female.

At the lab, the scientists, unable to locate Patrick on their own, activate Eve’s dormant alien DNA in order to telepathically track Patrick, but this results in making her more alien than human, increasing her strength, anger and mating drive. After being found at a grocery store by Press and Dennis, Patrick becomes aware of Eve and, in order to get closer to her, gives himself up to Press and Dennis; this occurs after almost raping a woman he meets in the store. As they return to the lab, Eve shows signs of being in heat and libido towards Patrick. Patrick tries to enter her isolation cell, but is chased off by Laura, Dennis and Press. Burgess confronts Senator Ross with indisputable evidence of Patrick’s infection and demands that he help bring Patrick in. Suspicious that the military will kill Patrick instead, Ross deduces he is at the shed, which is on property listed in Patrick’s late mother’s maiden name. When Ross apologizes to his son for treating him so coldly and tells him they will seek treatment for Patrick’s infection together, Patrick’s human side returns and he tearfully embraces his father. However, the alien side violently reasserts itself and kills Ross.Image result for species iiCompletely broken to his alien instincts, Patrick helps his hybrid children to cocoon, awaiting their rebirth as adults so that they can mate with humans, hoping to eventually destroy mankind. Meanwhile, Laura finds out that Dennis had resisted infection from the alien DNA due to his carrying a genetic flaw, and makes plans to infect the alien species with Dennis’ DNA, as the species lacks immunity to human genetic diseases. As the team prepares, Eve breaks free from the lab to find Patrick. The team tails her, finds the shed and kills Patrick’s brood. Eve and Patrick finally encounter each other, undress and amorously perform a mating ritual in which they quickly transform into their alien forms, but are interrupted by Press, who tries to get Eve to get away from Patrick. Patrick fights off Press and Dennis and later overpowers Eve (who had attacked him at Laura’s request after she begged her, appealing to her human half).Image result for species iiHe then, seemingly, kills her by forcing his penis down her throat, choking her to death. Press stabs Patrick in the back with a pitchfork coated with Dennis’ blood, causing Patrick to die and disintegrate. The military finally arrives and escorts Press, Laura and the injured Dennis away. Eve’s lifeless body is loaded into the back of an ambulance. As the vehicle departs, a cat lands on Eve and causes her womb to swell rapidly, indicating an imminent birth after being impregnated by Patrick, as one of Patrick’s children, who hadn’t yet cocooned, looks on. The last thing heard is Eve’s screaming as her womb bursts.
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This is actually a pretty decent budget sequel with a good story, this was also the last cinematic outing for the series unfortunately, the special effects are top notch again, great creature effects and plenty of bloody gory violence and helpings of nudity, this is a strong sequel and is great sci-fi, worth adding to the collection with the original.

REVIEW: SPECIES

CAST

Natasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle)
Michael Madsen (Powers)
Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3)
Forest Whitaker (Panic Room)
Marg Helgenberger (CSI)
Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2)
Michelle Williams (Oz The Great and Powerful)
Virginia Morris (Shocker)
Patricia Belcher (Bones)
Frank Welker (The Simpsons)

During the SETI program, Earth’s scientists send out transmissions (shown to be the Arecibo message) with information about Earth and its inhabitants, DNA structure, etc., in hopes of finding life beyond Earth. They then receive transmissions from an alien source on how to create endless fuel effortlessly. Therefore, the scientists assume that this is a friendly alien species. From a second alien transmission, the scientists receive information about an alien DNA along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. A government team led by Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley) goes forward with the genetic experiment attempting to induce a female, because a female would have “more docile and controllable” traits. One of the hundred experimental ova produces a girl named Sil, who looks like a normal human but develops into a 12-year-old in 3 months.

Sil’s violent outbursts during sleep make the scientists consider her a threat. They try to kill her using cyanide gas but she breaks out of her containment cell and escapes. The government assembles a team composed of anthropologist Dr. Stephen Arden (Alfred Molina), molecular biologist Dr. Laura Baker (Marg Helgenberger), “empath” Dan Smithson (Forest Whitaker) and mercenary Preston “Press” Lennox (Michael Madsen) to track and destroy Sil. Sil matures rapidly into an adult (Natasha Henstridge) in her early twenties and makes her way to Los Angeles. Her body strength, regenerative ability and intelligence make tracking her extremely difficult. The scientists fear she may mate with human males and produce offspring that could eliminate the human race. Sil is intent on producing offspring as soon as possible, and kills several people to prevent them from notifying the authorities or simply to use their clothing.

Sil first tries to mate with a man she meets at a nightclub (Anthony Guidera), but after sensing that he is diabetic, she rejects him. Unsatisfied, he tries to forcibly initiate sex, prompting her to kill him by puncturing his skull with her tongue. She then tries to mate with John Carey (Whip Hubley), a man she meets after a car accident. They swim in Carey’s pool where Sil forces him to open his swimming trunks in order to mate, but he refuses. This act is interrupted by Preston and Laura. She kills Carey, morphing into her alien form, a bipedal creature with tentacles on her shoulders and back, and flees naked into a forest without being seen by the team. She pretends to be a rape victim to kidnap a woman (Marliese K. Schneider) in order to assume her identity. Sitting in the car near Carey’s home, she hypnotizes Fitch over distance to order the team to search for her in the nightclub. There, she is seen by Dan, prompting a car chase. She fakes her death by crashing the car, which she has previously filled with gasoline containers into a high-voltage transformer, using the kidnapped woman as a stand-in for her own body.

After cutting and dyeing her hair, Sil takes an attraction to Preston, having dreamt of him the previous night. After the team celebrates their apparent victory, she stalks them in their hotel, and they do not recognize her. Arden, who is upset at being single, walks into his room to find Sil waiting there. She has intercourse with Arden, then kills him when he realizes who she is. Dan senses that Sil is in the hotel and he alerts Preston, Laura, and the rest of the team. She morphs again and escapes and they follow her into the sewers where Fitch is subsequently killed. Sil gives birth and Dan finds her offspring in a cavern behind the sewers. The child attacks him and he kills it. Sil, angered, attacks the trio and tries to kill Preston and Dan. Preston uses a grenade launcher on her, blowing her head off and killing her. The trio leaves the area. The last scene shows a rat chewing on one of Sil’s severed tentacles; it starts to mutate into a vicious beast and attacks another rat.

This is a Sci-Fi classic! Very cool story, the cast is fantastic especially Natasha Hestridge as the little girl grown up Alien disguised as a beautiful women!! the rest of the supporting cast too is great, this was one of the best movies of the 90’s, the alien effects are fantastic and quite scary! Certainly worth having in any Sci-Fi collection, quite a gem of a film.