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The son of a senator (James Cromwell), and the first man on Mars, Patrick Ross (Justin Lazard) returns home a hero, but is not aware that he has become infected with the deadliest DNA in the universe. From a frozen lab embryo of the alien species, Dr Laura Baker (Marg Helgenberger) has recreated a half human/half alien called Eve (Natasha Henstridge), whose instincts are to mate. Ex-military assassin Press Lennox (Michael Madsen) is recruited to defeat the newest breed of aliens, but Patrick seems unstoppable, as his mating urges take effect.

"Species 2 is great Hollywood B grade entertainment and escapism, with oodles of sex, gore, slime and horror. So if that’s your bag - and even if it’s not - this well made horror flick, with its amazing effects, its design, the stylish direction, a top cast and exceptional music score, is worth the price of the ticket. Not having seen the first film, I come fresh to Species 2 - and to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to the encounter. Yes, I know… you should never prejudge a film - but it came as a pleasant surprise to find an intriguing concept and innovative ideas imaginatively executed. The storyline centers on fundamental mating instincts: there is something intense about the animalistic urges of aliens whose shape and form is so similar to ours. The cast is tops with newcomer Justin Lazard terrific as the infected space captain, whose instincts and urges swallow him up. The presence of Michael Madsen and James Cromwell adds style, while Natasha Henstridge sizzles as Eve, the half human, half alien stunner, who becomes a cat on heat. This isn’t Shakespeare, not does it aspire to be. Peter Medak shows his flair in creating a world where the impossible almost seems possible. There’s plenty of green slime, effects that dazzle and music to maximise every jolting moment. Take a trip into a world where sex is a deadly pastime, chromosomes work overtime and the impossible is a reality. Species 2 is here, delivering spellbinding horror."
Louise Keller

"Twice the sex, twice the nudity, twice the gore and twice the stupidity is here in the stupidest excuse for a movie so far this year. As we approach a new millennium, is this all that Hollywood can deliver? Normally, at the very least, when Hollywood INSISTS on doing sequel, one would imagine that the original had some redeeming aesthetic features. But no, here we have a turkey of a sequel to a turkey, and what kind of logic is that. Special effects here are cheesy and ludicrous, the script is a verbal abomination, an abuse of the power of the pen, and as for the acting, well, one assumes they all took the money and ran. Michael Madsen is a talented actor, but here he plods his way through the trite material with which he is lumbered, while Henstridge gives another one-note performance, in various stages of undress. Justin Lazard is a stony actor who has nothing to offer, only Mykelti Williamson livens things up. Whatever were they thinking in making this messy, silly film, a real by-the-books horror film without the imagination of the Scream movies. There's one memorable moment during which a gory body is revealed, and all Marg Helgenberger's character can come up with in a time of crisis is: ‘This is awful, truly awful.’ Marg must have been checking out the day's rushes at the time!"
Paul Fischer

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CAST: Michael Madsen, Natasha Henstreidge, Marg Helgenberger, Mykelti Williamson, George Dzundza, James Cromwell, Myriam Cyr, Sarah Wynter, Maxter Harris and Justin Lazard

DIRECTOR: Peter Medak

PRODUCER: Frank Mancuso Jr

SCRIPT: Chris Brancato

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Matthew F. Leonetti

EDITOR: Richard Nord

MUSIC: Edward Shearmur

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Miljen Kreka Kljakovic

RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes



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