Did you see SPECIES? God, did it suck. Even Ed Wood would have said, "Hey, that movie really sucks."
And if you know that, you, like me, would probably have little interest in seeing the sequel to such a terrible movie (unlike me, you don't have a scary, bald-head son of a bitch constantly bugging you to write movie reviews for his horror site).
But here's the point, my human friend: we'd both be wrong, because as sometimes happens for reasons beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, the straight-to-video sequel is a better movie. In fact, it's pretty cool.
This must be due director Peter Medak ([TV] KINDRED: The Embraced, [TV] TALES FROM THE CRYPT) and first time horror writer Chris Brancato, neither of whom had anything to do with the first movie.
The story begins with the first manned mission to Mars. As the landing is broadcast on TV, an enraged Peter Boyle (YOUNG FRANKENSTIEN) smashes up the day room at the mental institution where he resides. We don't find out why until much later.
This movie is full of great touches. For example, when the Mars ship passes into view for the first time, we see logos for Sprint, Pepsi, Reebock and Miller Lite! And when the President sends a video message of congratulations, if you look close you can see that it's stand-up comic and excellent actor Richard Belzer (NOT OF THIS EARTH, THE PUPPET MASTERS) doing an exaggerated Ronald Reagan impression.
Samples brought up from dry, dead Mars are awakened by the atmosphere on the ship and a suspiciously familiar goo oozes out and heads for the three astronauts:
The ooze attack causes a short blackout in communications but then the astronauts wake up and feel fine with no memory of the missing time. They all return to Earth to a hero's welcome and everything seems fine. The trouble begins when they go looking for a little nookie after the long mission. Sex with Patrick proves immediately fatal to two hookers he picks up at his welcome back ceremony. Alien babies spring forth from their exploded corpses and we begin to see a pattern.
Meanwhile, back at a familiar government lab we discover that Dr. Laura Baker (Marg Helgenberger : SPECIES, [TV] THE TOMMYKNOCKERS, CSI [TV]) has grown a clone of the original human alien hybrid, Sil (Natasha Henstridge: SPECIES, MAXIMUM RISK, GHOSTS OF MARS). This one is named Eve, and her alien DNA has been "weakened" to prevent a disaster like last time. Eve is also kept in an entirely female world, because the sight of a man could trigger her breeding instinct.
Very quickly scientists put two and two together and realize the same alien genes that created Sil and Eve have probably infected all three astronauts. Dr. Baker is reunited with government agent Press Lenox (Michael Madsen: KILL BILL Vol. 1, KILL BILL Vol. 2, SIN CITY) and the two are sent off to hunt the new alien threat.
Patrick is conflicted at first but quickly comes to terms with his new instincts by porking every woman within reach, willing or not. Each mating produces a young boy offspring, who Patrick hides on his family's farm.
The hunters notice that Eve has a psychic connection to Patrick, and can be used to track him. At first she helps but when they "strengthen" her alien DNA to increase her ability to find Patrick, Eve realizes that they are a match made in heaven and the two start working together.
The finale involves Eve and Patrick mating in their human forms at first, but they quickly transform into their true alien shapes, and unlike the first movie H.R. Gigers alien design is not wasted. The climax, if you will, is expected but satisfying and of course the ending has a small twist that would allow for a sequel.
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For its kind, this is a good movie. The story moves quickly, there's a half-way intelligent script and some cool gore and nudity. On Feo Amante's shriek girl scale, I give this movie a three.
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