Species

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July 14, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

A shape-shifting extraterrestrial beastie roams Los Angeles in the form of a beautiful woman searching for a mate. The premise of Species sounds juicy: It’s a demon-out-of-water story — Alien crossed with Splash. And since the monster vamp is played by Natasha Henstridge, whose mannequin eyes and smirky-mouthed sexiness recall the young Marilyn Chambers, the audience can get some queasy laughs out of the scene in which she cruises a dance club and picks up a guy, who then forces himself on her (big mistake). It’s at this point that the film’s imagination runs dry. The alien takes such random, disparate forms — now it’s an exploding blob, now a batch of wavy tentacles, now a prancing H.R. Giger humanoid — that we never quite get a fix on what’s terrifying about it. It doesn’t help that the special effects are second-rate; the squishy primal horror of Alien has been replaced by a kind of mechanized yuckiness. The team of B-movie scientists tracking the monster includes Ben Kingsley doing his over-deliberate American accent, Alfred Molina sporting a haircut that’s scarier than the creature, and Forest Whitaker as an ”empath” so sensitive he can’t let anyone sneeze without making a dewy-eyed psychic pronouncement. C

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