The Weekend Rent: Species

The Weekend Rent: Species

Jun 04, 2010

The sci-fi thriller Splice, starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, opens in theaters this weekend and is the latest creature feature to tap into our fear of what happens when scientists start playing God in the laboratory. It is a nifty mutant matchup with Species, starring Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley and Michael Madsen, which is available on both DVD and Blu-ray. The 1995 film was a surprise blockbuster (it earned over $113 million at the box office) and spawned two sequels. Since Splice and Species will sit pretty close to each other on the video shelf someday, let’s see what other characteristics these two share.

 Splice Premise: Two superstar genetic engineers (Brody and Polley) perform genetic experiments splicing human and animal DNA. The result is a female creature named Dren who grows at an accelerated rate.
Species Premise: A government scientist (Kingsley) performs genetic experiments splicing human and alien DNA. The result is a female creature named Sil who grows at an accelerated rate.

 Splice’s Dren: Dren starts out as a docile, inquisitive creature with a voracious appetite who matures quickly into a female with a strong desire to have sexy times.
Species’s Sil: Sil starts out as a docile, inquisitive creature (played by a young Michelle Williams) with a voracious appetite until scientists try to gas her and she escapes and goes on the lam. She matures quickly into Henstridge’s Sil, who has a strong desire to have sexy times.

 The Wrath of Dren: Dren resents being locked up in a cold barn by Brody and Polley, so she begins to lash out and tries to escape. One casualty of her frustration is a cat, which was given to her as a pet.
The Wrath of Sil: Sil resents being chased by a government team and hides out in a motel when she’s not on the prowl for a sperm donor. One casualty of her frustration is diabetic and overly amorous clubgoer, whose disease makes him an unsuitable mate.

The Moral of Splice and Species: If you’re in the business of making monsters, don’t be surprised when they scare you.

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