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Species III
DVD disk
12.09.2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
Species III order
Director:
Brad Turner

Actors:
Sunny Mabrey
Robin Dunne
Robert Knepper
Amelia Cooke

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The third installment of the franchise tells the story of a fame-seeking professor (Knepper) out to create a genetically perfect version of the original Sil and her descendent Eve from the previous two flicks. The result? Hot aliens with an aversion to clothing and lots of cheap thrills in a story that doesn't make much sense but still entertains more than you'd expect.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

It's a tough job when once in a while you get a flick featuring hot naked alien babes trying to find someone to get nailed by but someone's gotta do it... I wasn't expecting much more considering the letdown I got from SPECIES II which was one of the rankest sequels since ISHTAR II and basically made me rue the day the awesome original SPECIES was defamed by such horror. With anger then, I popped this into my DVD player and said to myself: "Bring it on Sir Ben Kingsley!!" SPECIES III however, despite he expected crusty dialogue and some unexpectedly uneven special effects, was in the immortal words of The Arrow: a BLAST!! It definitely started off well with a special appearance by the original alieness and still white hot Natasha Henstridge before slowing down for a while for us to get some background on the college professor's scientific mumbo-jumbo of a plan to create a super alien and his enlisting of a slick brainiac (Dunne) to help him out. Before long, the very naked Sunny Mabrey makes her appearance as Sara and the bodies start flying and about halfway through, another hotter and even more naked alien (Amelia Cooke) show up on scene and watch out because not only does she have huge boobs and tentacles, she's not afraid to use either! There's a whole back story somewhere with alien eggs and mysterious government agents but I hardly got into that what with my eyes getting poked every time the set temperature dropped a degree or two! For the good of the people though, I made some effort and listened closely and all kidding aside, SPECIES III had just as good a storyline as the first one and since the movie does involve tentacle-wielding astrovixens, I'm willing to forget the few plot holes that opened  up in the name of good times for all.

Despite it's entertainment value, there were a couple of things that stood out on a slightly negative note. While most of the special effects were quite good and some were actually excellent (keep an eye out for the dude who literally leaks pus until he kicks it), a couple were bad enough that I would rather not have seen them on screen. Now I'm far from being a special effects expert myself (I think the highest level I've ever reached in the field was the rolled up sock I stuffed down the front of my pants in high school) but there's gotta be a better way to do some of these things and if it's just that it's too expensive, then give your writer an extra C-note and make him write his way out of it. I won't let a little glitch like that detract from this though, it was a very good effort and that would simply be unfair. What would be fait to rail on though is the final sequence of the film which is an obvious lead-in to an eventual fourth installment but unfortunately, a very weak one at that. SO there you have it, SPECIES III rocks and will provide you with almost two hours of ass-kicking, french-kissing, no-top wearing chicks with a couple of little dips here and there. Fun times were had by both me and my pants.

THE EXTRAS

Full Length Audio Commentary by Director Brad Turner, Writer Ben Ripley and Star Robin Dunne: It was a decent commentary, dominated mostly by Turner who doles out appropriate credit to his cast and crew for the movie. The most hilarious part was hearing him try to justify all the T&A in the movie by saying it means so much to the story. T&A dude... It's what we want. No explanation required.

Alien Odyssey: Evolution (13 mins): Producer Frank Mancuso Jr. and director Brad Turner gives us their insight on the new generation of aliens and the refreshed cast which will be taking over the franchise. Gone are Ben Kingsley, Forrest Whittaker, Michael Madsen et al., in are the new breed. Good for everyone, especially since these actors looked a bit disgusted by what they were doing in SPECIES II.

Alien Odyssey: Species DNA (6 mins): A short featurette on production design. It unfortunately does not explain what matter was used to inflate Sunny Mabrey's rack to its current level.

Alien Odyssey: Alien Technology (5 mins): This goes over the digital, physical and all other special effects in the flick, including makeup and stunts. Fairly standard.

Alien Odyssey: Intelligent Lifeforms (10 mins): The alien creatures were a tad different in this installment than in the previous two. This featurette discusses the inspiration behind the changes and the current creature as well as the techniques used to make the bug come to life.

Not much more except for a Stills Gallery

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Fun Cheese is the word as SPECIES III takes all that was good about SPECIES and omits all that was bad about SPECIES II and combines what's left to make an entertaining alien movie that is a bit overlong but worth the watch nonetheless. The features aren't particularly ass-smacking but the movie itself is worth a rental.
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