Alcohollywood Podcast Ep. 335 – HORROR OCTORBOR: Species (1995)

Species

Horror Octorbor keeps on chugging, as we keep exploring the seven deadly sins with our entry for Lust, Species!

This 1995 sexy-alien chiller (courtesy of Dante’s Peak and The November Man‘s Roger Donaldson) features Ghosts of Mars‘ Natasha Henstridge as Sil, a sultry alien-human hybrid from outer space who escapes Ben Kingsley‘s government facility to seek out a mate for her alien babies. In hot pursuit is a rag-tag team of scientists (Marg Helgenberger, Alfred Molina), an ’empath’ (Forest Whitaker) and a smarmy guy with a gun (Michael Madsen), all with personalities as loud as their clothing.

Species is a hell of a 90s time capsule, from the bulky fashions to the ridiculous character names (Madsen’s character is literally called Press Lennox), and the Showtime-ready alien sexuality that was the film’s clear draw. The creature design is the most direct translation of Alien designer H.R. Giger‘s bonkers techno-sexual style, rendered with the expected dated CG and prosthetic effects. It’s Andromeda Strain meets Emmanuelle, and we’re here for every ridiculous minute.

Take a listen to our thoughts, and check out our drinking game for the film below!

(Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity, part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

DRINKING RULES FOR SPECIES:

  1. Any time Sil changes clothes/outfits/appearance (special points for changing into her gross Giger form)
  2. Every time Forest Whitaker’s empath Dan talks about ‘feeling’
  3. Whenever you see nipples, male or female/human or alien

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Press quips after saving Forest Whitaker’s life, “I thought you’d drank your last Long Island Iced Tea there, Dan.”

Join us next week as Horror Octorbor chugs along, exploring more of the seven deadly sins with the envy-fueled erotic thriller Single White Female!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film/TV critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound (where he is a Senior Staff Writer), Crooked Marquee, IndieWire and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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