Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Species: The Awakening (2007)
I'm a big fan of DTV-franchises, the less-loved, the better. Give me yet another Hellraiser-cheapie, or a Children of the Corn! I'm not gonna say no! Species, from 1995 and it's sequel 1998, are both over-the-top, gory and silly sci-fi horrors with a lot of classy actors slumming around in something their agents probably forced them to not say not to because of the paycheck. And there it could have ended, if not some cunning producer realized that this could be a great direct to video franchise for the gore and sex-starved idiots out there - and Species III was made and some years later, the final chapter in the silliest saga on earth (except the bible of course!): Species: The Awakening!
Helena Mattsson (the swedish starlet who's a quite big semi-star nowadays) plays Miranda, who until right now in the storyline thought she was just an ordinary young woman. But when her dear uncle Tom (Ben Cross) reveals that her whole live is just an illusion, she's really a cloned alien/human, the shit hits the fan. After a disastrous hospital visit they both travel to
Forbes (Dominic Keating), Tom's former colleague, who might help them to
reverse the alien-DNA and save Miranda. But Forbes has been a bit too
experimental-happy in his own private lab and there's several alien-hybrids on
the loose in the area - and everyone wants to kill, Kill, KILL!!! Mexico
Sure, it's not Species or Species II, or even Species III, but Species: The Awakening is still a pretty ambitious and - maybe mostly - a very good-looking cheapie. The
is a nice touch to the story and experienced and competent actors like Cross
and Keating makes their best from quite shallow characters. Mattsson isn't bad
either, even her role mostly is to look sex and having weird make-up on her
breasts. I can't proof it of course, but I wouldn't be surprised if the script
is a different horror script rewritten to fit the Species franchise (just like
Hellraiser part 5-8). It could well have been a story about werewolves or
vampires, but the bites replaced by killer-tongues and boob-scenes. Mexico
Much of the charm with the Species movies has been the gore and slime, and this one kinda delivers on that. Not as much as the earlier ones and here we mostly have the above mentioned tongues going in and out of heads, but also a very cool transformation scene where a guy in a car squeezes a monster out from his mouth. It's a nice combination between CG and practical effects. But I still miss the spinal-pulling, exploding heads and bellies-ripped-up-from-the-inside-by-tentacles from the earlier movies. But hey, you can't have it all. I can live with that fact. At least they did what they could here with a very small budget.
Species: The Awakening is a still a nice little addition to the DTV collection of every man and woman out there. Hardly original, but a step above some of the other shite movies being produced every hour of the day from the bigwigs in Borywood.