About Sex, But Not – ‘Species’ (1995)

15 Dec

ON THE SURFACE – In LA, an alien-human hybrid tries to mate with a human male.

SCRAPING THE BARREL – In LA, a woman tries to come to terms with her biological body clock. It’s so obvious, you can’t even argue with me about it. It’s even written into the damn script. Species is all about that moment when a woman’s hormones really do kick in and their biological body clock goes in overdrive because they want a baby. You know those horribly awful documentaries on television that show women who will do anything to have a baby? Or those women in relationships where they don’t care about their partners and are so focused on having children? Species  takes that idea and turns it up to eleven. Sil, the alien-human hybrid, will do anything to have a baby, even killing other female competition and men who she does not consider biologically superior enough to mate with her. She can’t help it. For one reason, she’s an alien, and for another, it’s all in our biology. Reproduction is a vital part of life and we all have the natural desire to want to have sex. Eventually, maybe even the desire to have children. It’s wired into our hormones and genes, just like how (supposedly deep down) we become attracted to people because we see qualities in them that we want to pass on to our own future offspring. Survival of the fittest and all that jazz. Sil is just doing what comes naturally, and if you were so stupid that you didn’t pick that up from the plot, director Roger Donaldson fills the film with a ridiculous amount of visual metaphors relating to sex, pregnancy and childbirth. Cue lots of deaths by tongue penetration, a womb-like chrysalis, phallic imagery (trains, gearstick), labour pains and allusions to the birthing process. Another title then to add to the list of films that have put me off having children…

One Response to “About Sex, But Not – ‘Species’ (1995)”

  1. Videotape Swapshop December 16, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    you really cannot beat good old fashioned tongue penetration in film… with regards to the horror of child birth, or having children, we still think Harry Bromley Davenport’s XTRO takes the prize. closely followed by Donald Petrie’s godawful RICHIE RICH of course…

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