Trivia / Species

  • Doing It for the Art: MGM didn't want to shoot the nightmare train sequence, hoping to keep costs down. H. R. Giger financed the sequence himself, with $100,000 of his own money.
  • Fake American: British actor Ben Kingsley as American scientist Xavier Fitch.
  • Follow the Leader: While not a full-on Alien rip-off, Giger himself complained that there were too many similarities, starting with his involvement in designing the creature.
  • Old Shame: Michelle Williams, who played the young Sil, doesn't remember fondly the film due to the amount of bullying she got after it was released.
  • Playing Against Type: Michael Madsen, normally a villain, plays The Hero, with one particular scene establishing him as a Kindhearted Cat Lover.
  • Star-Making Role: The first movie made model Natasha Henstridge into a sex symbol in the 90s.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The treatment for the film was called The Message and was more of a police procedural, with the alien being created by a "bathtub geneticist" who had saw his project aborted.
    • An earlier draft of the script had the young Sil killing a friendly taxi driver. In order to keep the character appearing sympathetic - and to make the murder of the conductor more shocking - it was changed to a tramp attacking her and getting killed in self defence.
    • Giger had envisioned more stages of Sil's transformation, but the film only employed the last one.
    • The nightmare sequence where Sil imagines herself mating with a male alien was about twenty minutes long originally and far more graphic. Giger disowned the final version, feeling it was too short and poorly edited.
    • Giger also disliked the ending the scripwriters had created, feeling it was too similar to both Alien3 and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. He eventually convinced them to finish Sil by headshot and not with fire.
    • An early idea for this ending was an intense showdown in a movie theatre where Alien would be shown in the background. In this ending military and police forces have to be called in, culminating in Laura blowing Sil's head off with a rocket launcher. The baby would crawl out of the corpse but then die in an explosion.


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