Species – Movie Review

Dear Science Fiction Horror Fans,

I have a space alien, scifi movie review for you.  Species is a movie about a group of scientists who mix human and alien DNA.

S.E.T.I.  Radio Telescopes at DUGWAY, UTAH

S.E.T.I. Radio Telescopes at DUGWAY, UTAH

The movie begins at the U.S. Government Laboratories in Dugway, Utah.

For the past 30 years, the world’s most powerful radio telescopes have been scanning the heavens searching for signals from alien civilizations.

This project is called S.E.T.I.— Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

Alien Girl

Alien Girl that the S.E.T.I. Scientists created by DNA manipulation

The movie switches:

A young alien girl is in a large glass aquarium in the lab at the gov’t facility. As she wakes from her sleep, the scientists prepare to terminate their experiment with cyanide gas.

The poison gas is pumped into her glass chamber. As they wait for the alien girl to die, she breaks the glass and escapes. Many scientists in the lab die due to the escaping cyanide gas.

She escapes the compound by climbing a 18 feet high barbed wire fence. She steals a ride from on a speeding train.

While on the train, she begins to mutate.


The movie switches back to the S.E.T.I. facility in Dugway, Utah. Xavier Finch has called an unlikely group together to aid him in the search and destroy of their escaped alien girl.

Group of pursuers

The group of pursuers in the lab

Mr. Finch is meeting with Dan Smithson – the empathy.

Stephen Arden – Harvard Anthropology Department Professor – Expert in Cross Cultural Behavior.

Laura Baker – Molecular Biologists.

Preston Lennox – a freelance solution goto man when the gov’t has a problem they want eliminated.


We see a thrilling horror scene where the alien girl on the train kills a train employee and hatches out of an alien cocoon as a mature female.


At Mr. Finch’s office. Xavier Finch explains to the group of recruits; In November of 1974, a group from S.E.T.I. in Arecibo sent a small message into space. In January 1993, the Arecibo scientists received a message back from an extraterrestrial of unknown origin.  There were two distinct messages. The first was a formula for a catalyst for clean burning methane.

The second was a new sequence of DNA with instructions as to how to combine it with human DNA.

The new alien/human DNA sequence was injected into one hundred human OVA.

The scientists accomplished growing one new life-form. She was code named, SIL.

“I want you to find SIL and kill her,” explained Mr. Finch sheepishly, “That is the decision.”

SIL – The half alien half human

The group sets out to find and destroy SIL, the experiment.

SIL has other plans.  She is very intelligent. She takes the train to Los Angeles. There, she blends in very quickly.


Laure Baker, the molecular biologists has an idea, “We have no idea what we’re dealing with. If we create another alien in your lab, we can study it’s weaknesses.”

The group travels back to the lab. They begin their dangerous DNA trial.

Due to an equipment malfunction during the alarming DNA experiment, Laura Baker and Preston Lennox venture into the sealed chamber where the alien is being created.  As the alien is growing, Laura and Preston try to escape the chamber – the alien attacks.

In a cowardly act, Xavier Finch refuses to unlock the chamber and allow Laura and Preston to escape their horrific fate.

During the thrilling horror scene, Dan lets them out of the chamber.


SIL searches for a man to mate with in LA. She mates with Stephen Arden.

SIL's new born alien son

SIL’s new born alien son

While being pregnant, she escapes into the sewer system. The group pursues her.

SIL - Space Alien

SIL- The Space Alien

During a thrilling horror conclusion, SIL and her new born son are killed in the sewer by the group. The group burns them to death with the gas in the sewer water and a flamethrower.

Sewer rats begin to eat the aliens bodies. The rats begin to mutate into alien creatures.

The movie ends.

Species is a well written scifi horror thriller. I liked how smart SIL was. She evaded her pursuers for a long time in LA while pursuing a mate. The special effects of SIL’s mutations were awesome.

I hope you have enjoyed my movie review of Species.

Until we talk again,

May good fortune guide your path,

J. A. Ireland

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