Decent copy of both "Alien" and "Lifeforce" has Henstridge as a "naked alien babe on the loose"!
Actually, "Species" is one of the better horror films of the 1990s, which isn't saying much. But it's a fairly intelligent sci-fi horror film.
Scientists receive a message from another world that include a formula for a DNA string that creates a new life form: One that combines human DNA with something alien. The film opens with scientists attempting to gas a little girl, the creation of the experiment. But she escapes and the manhunt is on for what appears to be a destructive, evil alien.
The flick is a pretty good character study of the girl. She's sociopathic -- stealing and kiling to survive. But it's understandable that she is so devoid of empathy because she grew up in a glass cage.
"We decided to make it female so it would be more docile and controllable," Kingsley tells his fellow scientists. The film's title is clearly a take on the saying "The Female of the Species Is the Most Dangerous Kind."
The girl also has a fast growth rate. In a matter of days after her escape, she suddenly grown up into a gorgeous model (Henstridge) eager to mate with a human and almost constantly taking off her shirt to flash her rack. When guys turn out not to be man enough for her (because of some genetic flaw she senses) she kills them.
Somehow, producers were able to rope Ben Kingsley ("Gandhi") into playing a leader of the scientists after this evil, love-making monster. He assembles a team of other scientists and a hit man to track down the alien babe and kill her.
There's some pretty good interaction between the alien babe and her male prey. The film captures the kind of incredible power that a beautiful woman can have over men -- in this case, the alien does things women normally don't do, like make sudden passes at guys.
H.R. Giger designed the monster Henstridge eventually turns into. He, of course, is the same guy who designed the title character in "Alien," so the similarities between the creatures are quite obvious.
The film is weakest when it's assemblage of protagonists is seen talking to one another. The film has quite a good cast though, including Kingsley, Tarantino regular Michael Madsen, future Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and eventual "Spiderman 2" villain Molina.
Good but not great, the film launched a franchise, first with a really bad theatrical sequel then a direct-to-video series.