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When Sony announced it was planning a remake of 1990's Total Recall, the knee-jerk question out of every fan's mouth was, "Will there be a three-breasted hooker?" Rest assured, sci-fi connoisseurs, a new three-breasted prostitute does indeed flash Colin Farrell in the new Total Recall, which opens today in theaters. Her mutant mammaries might not get as much screen time as her 1990 counterpart because, unlike the original, this remake is rated PG-13, but you can all breathe easier knowing that her three nipples pop out to say hello on-screen.
In the annals of sci-fi cinema, many other otherworldly women have left a lasting impression. Jane Fonda might have been given the title "Queen of the Galaxy" on the posters for 1968's Barbarella, but her character is a royal hot mess. Barbarella flies around in her groovy spaceship trying to find the evil Dr. Durand-Durand, but she ends up in various situations in which she loses her clothes, can't find her clothes and falls out of her clothes, much to the delight of male viewers.
Sil, the sexy-but-lethal alien from Species, is also often clothing challenged. But, unlike Barbarella, Sil's sexy human form of Natasha Henstridge is all a lie—her true appearance is a creation by Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger. Sil has an insatiable drive to mate and, thankfully for earthbound viewers, she knows her best shot at attracting men is to take the form of Henstridge.
The Replicants, synthetic beings created by the Tyrell Corporation in Blade Runner, are supposed to be "more human than human" despite their four-year lifespan. Pris, played by Daryl Hannah, is described as a "basic pleasure model," and she does have a way of getting men to help her even if they suspect she is dangerous. Harrison Ford's Deckard character is tasked with retiring this rogue beauty, but not before she nearly "thighs" him to death.
Also dangerous is Ursa, one of the three super villains from Krypton that has the same powers as ol' Kal-el in Superman II. Ursa struts around like a dark-disco goddess in her shiny black clothes and, at the suggestion of General Zod, blows the denizens of Metropolis a kiss that literally blows them down the street.
In The Fifth Element, Milla Jovovich plays Leeloo, an alien described as "the Perfect Being." Leeloo has bright orange hair and traipses around with childlike curiosity in a revealing bandage dress designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier, which catches the attention of Bruce Willis' Korben Dallas character… as well as that of all other male species in the galaxy.
Another attention-getting number is the one worn by Sybil Danning in the Star Wars rip-off Battle Beyond the Stars. Danning plays Saint-Exim—a Valkyrie warrior woman eager to prove herself in battle—who spends much of the movie heaving her chest in a cleavage-happy costume while strapped to the command chair of her spaceship.
It's not easy being green—unless you are a Star Trek alien hottie. In 2009's Star Trek, Rachel Nichols plays the green-skinned Orion slave-girl sensation Gaila who has a wild romp with Kirk (Chris Pine)—the kind of frank sexuality hinted at but never fully explored on the '60s TV show or any of the original movies.
No discussion of the sexiest women of sci-fi films would be complete without giving Princess Leia her due in Return of the Jedi. How many Comic-Con types have cited this film in which Carrie Fisher appears in a skimpy metallic bikini chained to the throne of Jabba the Hut as their coming-of-age moment? Fisher makes jokes in her standup routine about the stress she endured preparing to fit into that iconic costume, but fans appreciate her sacrifice… for art's sake, of course.
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