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Species: The Awakening (2007)

12 | | Horror, Sci-Fi | Video 8 April 2008
When she reaches the end of her lifespan, a scientist rushes to Mexico, in order to save the half-breed alien seductress he raised as his docile niece, but soon awakens the deadly, sexual predator inside her.

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Nick Lyon

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Dennis Feldman (characters), Ben Ripley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edy Arellano Edy Arellano ... Calderon
Marco Bacuzzi ... Rinaldo
Jan Bouda Jan Bouda ... Student #2
Ben Cross ... Tom
Roger Cudney ... Leland
Montserrat de León Montserrat de León ... Dancing Girl (as Monserrat de León)
German Fabregat German Fabregat ... Technician
Marlene Favela ... Azura
Meagen Fay ... Celeste
Kristyan Ferrer ... Mexican Boy #1 (as Kristian Ferrer)
Cynthia Francesconi Cynthia Francesconi ... Collette
Alejandra Gollas ... Trauma Nurse
Alizair Gomez Alizair Gomez ... Mexican Boy #2 (as Alizair Gómez)
Eleazar Gómez Eleazar Gómez ... Student #3
Harding Junior ... Student #1
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Storyline

Dr. Hollander, a scientist, takes his niece, Miranda to Mexico, in an attempt to reverse the effects of the alien DNA he used to create her. However the treatment goes horribly wrong, and it sets Miranda on a killing spree as she sets out to find a mate.

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Irresistible beauty. Unstoppable instincts.

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2008 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Especies: El despertar See more »

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Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the first film, Dr Laura Baker likened humanity to a galactic weed spreading throughout the galaxy like The Day of the Triffids on Earth, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, or Quatermass which had tripodal Martians. See more »

Goofs

When Azura is lying dead at the bottom of the pit and Tom looks at her, you can clearly see she is wearing body-suits from the waist downwards. See more »

Quotes

Miranda Hollander: For their punishment Zeus gave them women.
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Follows Species II (1998) See more »

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More like "the lullaby"
10 November 2010 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

One day, college professor(yeah, right... she's about as convincing as a dummy) Miranda falls ill. She is then told by her "uncle"(who now admits that he is not related to her) that she was a science experiment of his, of combining alien and human DNA. Yes, like in the original. Only no cocooning, seemingly no sped-up growth, and she had no idea until she suddenly transformed... apparently because she was dying. Which makes it kinda strange that she's still powerful. This takes several good ideas, including that of someone's memories being a lie repeated until they accepted it and themes straight out of the story of Dr. Frankenstein and utterly *wastes* all this potential. The acting and production values are the level of a soap opera, as another reviewer notes. Locations are dull, lighting is poor, and the camera is constantly trying to fake tension(of which there is none to be found in the entirety of this) by shaking/excessively moving and using close-ups(something that only renders these horrendous performances even less tolerable). The dialog is just plain bad, and flat like the great plains. We get additional instances of "learning without opening the book", something that was idiotic when it was introduced in the third(that this does not, by the way, follow up on the sequel-baiting ending of). There are countless questions raised by the cheese(Swiss, by the way) that is the plot, and none of them are attempted answered. As if all of that wasn't enough, the creatures in this pose. They attack with no reason, and usually with their tongue(what a lack of creativity). One of them initially appears dressed as a nun. I'll let that sink in. We see them too much, for long periods of time, and the guy who's making them in this isn't worried about them in the least(so why should we be?). Oh, and he earns a living cloning dead pets(and apparently people, as well? And combining them with the extra-terrestrial genetic material, in spite of the fact that that's probably tougher to do than simply making a direct copy), so surely no one will be suspicious of him when bodies are found murdered under strange circumstances(and this seems to be a common occurrence, based on what takes place during the events of this). The characters are bland, stereotypical, and/or completely uninteresting. I couldn't care about anyone in this, at all. Hollander is inconsistently written. FX are cheap. There is slow-motion during a fight sequence. In a monster flick! There's hardly any nudity(granted, the chicks are hot... still, when they strip, it tends to be covered or they shoot around it), sex, bloody, gory violence or strong language. This is the stupidest and worst of the Species series, and it is also the only that doesn't lend itself easily to being followed by another entry, so perhaps it can end here. Let's be honest, only the '95 one was worth the time. I recommend this solely to those who won't heed the warning. 2/10


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