MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3 1/2

This pornographic, horror movie starts with government agent's attempting to kill a teenage girl in a gas chamber. She is the menacing product of a government experiment in which DNA cells from an outer space alien source were injected into a human ovum. But the girl escapes and rapidly grows into a hideous monster. Somehow, she is "reborn" as an attractive woman (Natasha Henstridge) who goes searching for a man to mate with and reproduce herself. She does seduce three men, then murders them, as well as a few women, with a long tentacle she projects from her mouth. All the while, the government agents, headed by Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley), are desperately trying to track her down and destroy her. The action comes to a bloody climax in a violent confrontation between the agents and the woman who has changed into a hideous, shrieking monster. It's possible that young adults will be attracted to this gruesome horror movie, just because it will thrill and excite them. At the same time, some lines in SPECIES are so corny they are laughable.

SPECIES is filled with both bloody murders and explicit sex scenes. The woman monster kills at least five persons in shocking scenes where she projects a long tentacle into the mouths, necks or other parts of the victims' bodies. Then, the camera shows the bloody aftermath of her attacks. She has sexual encounters with three men, one of which is explicit with prolonged breast nudity. Other sex scenes with breast nudity are included. Also, in a sexual affair between a government agent and his girlfriend, unconventional sex is implied. This is accompanied by a number of obscenities and profanities shouted in crisis situations. It's difficult to identify any redeeming values in this film, although the government agents are diligent in their pursuit of the monster. But when they are not battling the monster, they're involved in sexual affairs. SPECIES is clearly designed to appeal to viewers' prurient interests. Hollywood has again scraped the bottom of the barrel with this one.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (5) times - Mild 4, Moderate 1

Obscene Language: Many (16) times (f-word 6, s-word 9, Other 1)

Profanity: Many (10) times - Regular 5 (GD, C, JC), Exclamatory 5

Violence: Many times - Moderate and Severe (attempted gassing, bloody, gruesome killings, including alien monster killing men and women with long tentacle; thumb cut off, alien boy monster eats rat and kills man; monster and gun threats, killings by explosions and fire)

Sex: Few (3) times (bedroom scenes, graphic with breast nudity; unconventional sex implied once.

Nudity: Several (9) times (breast nudity, some with sex; near nudity - low cut dresses; woman in bra)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Alien woman seduces men to have baby; women adjust breasts

Drugs: Few times (drinking in night club)

Other: None

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Intended Audience: Adults

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