History Film / Species

10th Nov '17 10:11:06 AM Cieloazul
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* AmbiguslyEvil: It's left unclear if Sil's killing ways are a consequence of being brought up in a laboratory without knowledge of morals or a built-in trait of her genome. The alien civilization that enabled her creation in Earth also counts as ambiguous in their intentions (see Neglectful Precursors below).

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* AmbiguslyEvil: It's left unclear if Sil's killing ways are a consequence of being brought up in a laboratory without knowledge of morals moral or a built-in trait of her genome. The alien civilization that enabled her creation in Earth also counts as ambiguous in their intentions (see Neglectful Precursors below).



* HumanoidAbomination: Sil's son. Despite being theoretically only 1/4 alien, his alien form is significantly more monstruous than Sil's, featuring hinged legs, a crown-like head, an exposed abdomen, an asymmetric pair of rms and a noticeably malformed mouth.



* NeglectfulPrecursors: It's not clear what the aliens wanted humans to do with their DNA, but either way giving it (and instructions on how to combine it with ours) was at best poorly thought out, if not downright malicious. The film seems to indicate that it was actually a malicious plan (one of the characters speculates that Sil is an ideal biological weapon if some alien race decided that humanity was a weed in need of plucking), while the role-playing game supplement suggests the aliens thought it was really interesting (and more than a little amusing) watching humans blunder around with biotech beyond their understanding and seeing how we responded to it.

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* NeglectfulPrecursors: It's not clear what the aliens wanted humans to do with their DNA, but either way giving it (and instructions on how to combine it with ours) was at best poorly thought out, if not downright malicious. The film seems to indicate that it was actually a malicious plan (one of the characters speculates that Sil is an ideal biological weapon if some alien race decided that humanity was a weed in need of plucking), while the role-playing game supplement suggests the aliens thought it was [[ForScience really interesting interesting]] (and more than [[ItAmusedMe a little amusing) amusing]]) watching humans blunder around with biotech beyond their understanding and seeing how we responded to it.
6th Nov '17 5:19:40 PM igordebraga
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It was followed by three sequels: ''Species II'' (1998), the only one theatrically released, bringing back Henstridge, Madsen and Helgenberger; ''Species III'' (2004), released direct-to-DVD and featuring a cameo by Henstridge; and ''Species - The Awakening'' (2007), which actually debuted on the [[Creator/SyFyChannel Sci-Fi Channel]] one more before its home video release.

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It was followed by three sequels: ''Species II'' (1998), the only one theatrically released, bringing back Henstridge, Madsen and Helgenberger; ''Species III'' (2004), released direct-to-DVD and featuring a cameo by Henstridge; and ''Species - The Awakening'' (2007), which actually debuted on the [[Creator/SyFyChannel [[Creator/SyFy Sci-Fi Channel]] one more before its home video release.
6th Nov '17 5:18:58 PM igordebraga
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It was followed by three sequels.

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It was followed by three sequels.
sequels: ''Species II'' (1998), the only one theatrically released, bringing back Henstridge, Madsen and Helgenberger; ''Species III'' (2004), released direct-to-DVD and featuring a cameo by Henstridge; and ''Species - The Awakening'' (2007), which actually debuted on the [[Creator/SyFyChannel Sci-Fi Channel]] one more before its home video release.



* DamselInDistress: During the final, Laura falls into the tar pitch and has to be rescued by the other characters.

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* DamselInDistress: During the final, finale, Laura falls into the tar pitch and has to be rescued by the other characters.



* EveryCarIsAPinto: Invoked by Sill when she fakes her own death.

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* EveryCarIsAPinto: Invoked by Sill Sil when she fakes her own death.



* FollowTheLeader: While not a full-on ''Alien'' rip-off, Creator/HRGiger complained that there were too many similarities, starting with his involvement in designing the creature (he even suggested changing the ending, which he felt as similar to both ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' and ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'').
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The motel manager mentions to Sil that she doesn't want her credit card to fall into wrong hands. Next scene has Fitch telling on the phone that they found her via tracing her credit card.

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* FollowTheLeader: While not a full-on ''Alien'' rip-off, Creator/HRGiger complained that there were too many similarities, starting with his involvement in designing the creature (he even suggested changing the ending, which he felt as was similar to both ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' and ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'').
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The motel manager mentions to Sil that she doesn't want her credit card (which she took, along with the clothes, from the train conductor) to fall into wrong hands. Next scene has Fitch telling on the phone that they found her via tracing her credit card.



* NightmareSequence: Young Sil has at least two, involving fully grown versions of herself and a male equivalent, and herself pursued by a [[http://www.hrgiger.com/ghost.htm "ghost train"]].



* ScreamingBirth: At the end Sil screams giving birth to her son. Apparently, even alien anatomy is not suited for painless child birth.

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* ScreamingBirth: At the end Sil screams giving birth to her son.son (it's almost a ChestBurster, though coming out of the stomach). Apparently, even alien anatomy is not suited for painless child birth.
21st Oct '17 8:28:41 AM Cieloazul
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* AntiVillain: Sil is a surprisingly sympathetic antagonist. She clearly has human-like emotions, including to some extent a desire to be loved ("she liked him"), and if you look at things from her perspective she's basically a young child completely alone on a world full of hostile StarfishAliens. She's a genetic freak tormented by dreams of a world and people she doesn't know, and over the course of the film seems to realise that she will never fit in anywhere. Yes she's a killer, but she seems to be acting more out of instinct than conscious malice, from her point of view she's just defending herself or preserving her {{Masquerade}} which she absolutely has to maintain among [[HumansAreCthulhu the hostile Starfish aliens that surround her]]. And her goal of having children and propagating her own species are hardly in and of themselves evil. Plus if she had anything like the feelings toward her offspring that a human mother would you can't help cringing a little imagining her [[spoiler: witnessing the heroes incinerating her infant son with a flamethrower]] at the end. You can see how she's a threat to people that needs to be contained or neutralized, but at the same time you can sympathize with her.

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* AmbiguslyEvil: It's left unclear if Sil's killing ways are a consequence of being brought up in a laboratory without knowledge of morals or a built-in trait of her genome. The alien civilization that enabled her creation in Earth also counts as ambiguous in their intentions (see Neglectful Precursors below).
* AntiVillain: Sil is a surprisingly sympathetic antagonist. She clearly has human-like emotions, including to some extent a desire to be loved ("she liked him"), and if you look at things from her perspective she's basically a young child completely alone on a world full of hostile StarfishAliens. She's a genetic freak tormented by dreams of a world and people she doesn't know, and over the course of the film seems to realise that she will never fit in anywhere. Yes Yes, she's a killer, but she seems to be acting more out of instinct than conscious malice, from her point of view she's just defending herself or preserving her {{Masquerade}} which she absolutely has to maintain among [[HumansAreCthulhu the hostile Starfish aliens that surround her]]. And her goal of having children and propagating her own species are hardly in and of themselves evil. Plus if she had anything like the feelings toward her offspring that a human mother would you can't help cringing a little imagining her [[spoiler: witnessing the heroes incinerating her infant son with a flamethrower]] at the end. You can see how she's a threat to people that needs to be contained or neutralized, but at the same time you can sympathize with her.
21st May '17 10:06:51 AM CosmicFerret
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* CuteMonsterGirl: While the human forms of the hybrids are overall pretty hot, but even their alien forms are fairly appealing, with recognizable secondary sexual characteristics that are designed to appeal to potential human mates. The designers specifically wanted Sil to be beautiful even as an alien.
19th Mar '17 2:24:20 PM Morgenthaler
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* SexByProxy: The two alien-human hybrids are mind-linked, and also want to do each other to create purer offspring than they could with human mates. There are several times when Patrick is having sex somewhere else, and Eve goes into heat and apparently orgasms at the same time.

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* SexByProxy: The two alien-human hybrids are mind-linked, and also desperately want to do hook up with each other to create purer offspring than they could with human mates. There are several times when Patrick is having sex somewhere else, and Eve goes into heat and apparently orgasms at the same time.
7th Mar '17 9:02:05 AM bweb
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* KickTheDog: Sil cutting off the fingers of her captive. The victim would have very likely tried to explain that she couldn't regenerate like Sil could, and after the first finger, that would have been evident. Didn't deter Sil from continuing, though.
18th Feb '17 11:37:43 PM NightShade96
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This film has much to recommend it: A fine ensemble cast perfomance, a terrifying yet sadly sympathetic villain, thoughtful social commentary, very tight direction, designs by the legendary Creator/HRGiger, special effects that set a new standard for the depiction of alien creatures, and boobs. [[BestKnownForTheFanservice The last one is what most people remember]].

It was followed by [[{{Sequelitis}} three sequels of declining quality.]]

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This film has much to recommend it: A fine ensemble cast perfomance, a terrifying yet sadly sympathetic villain, thoughtful social commentary, very tight direction, designs by the legendary Creator/HRGiger, special effects that set a new standard for the depiction of alien creatures, and boobs. [[BestKnownForTheFanservice The last one is what most people remember]].

It was followed by [[{{Sequelitis}} three sequels of declining quality.]]
sequels.
10th Feb '17 5:18:13 PM Morgenthaler
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* CameBackWrong: Patrick Ross is distressed by the weird urges he's been having and the horrific things he's done, the final straw being the murder of his fiancee. So he decides to commits suicide by eating a a blast from a shotgun and blowing off most of his head. [[CannotSelfTerminate Which then grows back]]. Afterwards, he's noticeable less distressed about the things he's done and more actively seeking out women. The implication being he only succeeded in killing off his humanity.

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* CameBackWrong: Patrick Ross is distressed by the weird urges he's been having and the horrific things he's done, the final straw being the murder of his fiancee. So he decides to commits suicide by eating a a blast from a shotgun and blowing off most of his head. [[CannotSelfTerminate Which then grows back]]. Afterwards, he's noticeable less distressed about the things he's done and more actively seeking out women. The implication being he only succeeded in killing off his humanity.
7th Feb '17 8:21:55 PM NOYB
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* ArtMajorBiology: The hybrids are a major example, particularly in the sequels (also see the below entry). The first film could handwave it as ignorance of the aliens nature.

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* ArtMajorBiology: The hybrids are a major example, particularly in the sequels (also see the below entry). The first film could handwave it as ignorance of the aliens aliens' nature.



** When their true nature is not manifesting, the alien beings display such traits as the ability to regenerate body parts (including heads) within seconds. Losing and regrowing a head does not affect their memory.

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** When their true nature is not manifesting, the alien beings still display such traits as the ability to regenerate body parts (including heads) within seconds. Losing and regrowing a head does not affect their memory.



** Once the professor "harvests" Sarah's egg cells, she is rendered infertile. Which means that just like human women, her stockpile of reproductive cells is created exclusively in gestation (as opposed to men, who generate new supplies of sperm every time they get lucky). This is unusual, considering the aliens can "grow back" most other body parts as needed (like fingers), which we can't. [[note]]Which was the widely held belief at the time; we now know that human women can regenerate egg cells, albeit at a very slow rate that peters out over time.[[/note]]

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** Once the professor "harvests" Sarah's Sara's egg cells, she is rendered infertile. Which means that just like human women, her stockpile of reproductive cells is created exclusively in gestation (as opposed to men, who generate new supplies of sperm every time they get lucky). This is unusual, considering the aliens can "grow back" most other body parts as needed (like fingers), which we can't. [[note]]Which was the widely held belief at the time; we now know that human women can regenerate egg cells, albeit at a very slow rate that peters out over time.[[/note]]



** Sil. For the most part she doesn't seem to be acting out of deliberate malice rather self-preservation and natural instinct. That said her natural instincts lead her to brutally murder a "rival" female.

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** Sil. For the most part she doesn't seem to be acting out of deliberate malice malice, rather self-preservation and natural instinct. That said said, her natural instincts lead her to brutally murder a "rival" female.



** While both Laura and Press flirt at the bar: "They like each other".

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** While both Laura and Press flirt at the bar: "They like each other".



* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: After Arden has sex with Sil to accomplish her goal of getting impregnated, Sil offs him when he started to realize who she really is and what he has done.]]

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: After Arden has sex with Sil to accomplish her goal of getting impregnated, Sil offs him when he started starts to realize who she really is and what he has done.]]



* AteHisGun: After [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone killing his fiancee]], Patrick realizes he is a monster and blows his own head off to put an end to his actions. However his head grows back and it's clear from that point on his human half is dead.

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* AteHisGun: After [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone killing his fiancee]], fiancée]], Patrick realizes he is a monster and blows his own head off to put an end to his actions. However his head grows back and it's clear from that point on his human half is dead.



* LadyLand: In the second movie, Eve is raised in a female-only environment, so that mating urges won't make her uncontrollable. It doesn't work. Nor should they have expected it to, considering they let her watch television and ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' is one of her favorite shows.

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* LadyLand: In the second movie, Eve is raised in a female-only environment, so that mating urges won't make her uncontrollable. It doesn't work. Nor should they have expected it to, considering they let her watch television and ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' is one of her favorite shows.
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