(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Species II
Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime Video
The Pitch: A sequel to Species, a 1995 sci-fi horror thriller about a sexy alien lady who kills people while trying to mate. Do you have to have seen the first film to understand what’s going on in Species II? No, not at all. You just have to know that there’s a sexy lady alien. And now, in the sequel, there’s also a male alien. And he, too, is looking for some sex. Also, people’s heads explode. It’s terrible! In a fun way!
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Sometimes you’re craving a fine meal and sometimes you’re craving greasy, artery-clogging, cheese-soaked garbage. Species II is the latter. I promise you will never be bored.
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Posted on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 by Rob Hunter
(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. This week, we go hunting for horny aliens.)
Science fiction movies are commonplace, and they typically fall into one of two camps – small, smart, and geared towards adults, or big, bone-headed, and aimed at less discerning audiences. Back in 1995, though, a relative rarity appeared in the form of a summer release with a respectable budget, a recognizable cast including two Oscar winners (and one future nominee), some truly impressive special effects, and a story about government agents trying to cock-block an alien intent on copulation.
Species was a hit on the big screen and on home video, and viewers ate up the genre mashup that gave big, messy sci-fi back to adult audiences with sex, nudity, a wonderfully nonsensical script, and a healthy dose of fun. A sequel followed three years later, but it bombed at the box-office and ended the franchise forever. Just kidding – its theatrical outings stopped, but two DTV sequels followed. Are they cheap cash-grabs and lazy excuses to show more alien booty, or is there a chance they’re actually worthy successors?
Let’s find out together.
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