Review: Vincenzo Natali’s Splice

I had the great fortune to attend the premiere of Vincenzo Natali’s Splice

Quick Film Synopsis:

Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) are a pair of brilliant scientists whose cutting-edge experiments in genetic engineering make them superstars in their field.  As devoted to their careers as they are to one another, they start conducting unauthorized experiments with new animal species that show great promise.  Drunk with their god-like powers they introduce human DNA into one of their creations, the result is DREN (Delphine Chaneac) an amazing and strangely beautiful creature of uncommon intelligence and an unexpected array of physical developments.

While DREN inspires maternal feelings in Elsa, she evokes something far-from-paternal in Clive, something that poses a threat to them all. Then, when this seemingly perfect organism makes a final, shocking metamorphosis, it is mankind itself that is threatened. If their first mistake was creating DREN ,their second is letting her live…

Words to live (or die) by.

From the opening credits, one can sense that this film is not a “Species” re-imagining, you get totally immersed in to this movie.  Director Vincenzo Natali (who also co-wrote the story and screenplay) is quite the filmmaker.  As the film progresses, you know the proverbial bag o’ dookie is gonna hit the fan (you know that “dookie” is an actually medical term …go on “Google” it.  I’ll wait ’til you come back……you know I’m joking, right?) and the strange thing about it is … you are going to want to watch as the horror unfolds.

One of the main ingredients of a great thriller. This film will make you feel uncomfortable…not “Human Centipede” uncomfortable, but heeby jeeby (another medical term) uncomfortable. Brody and Polley work well together…their performances are a true collaboration. Oscar-winning Brody, doesn’t pull the old Nicholas Cage and use his Oscar as a crutch, he does a great job and I have to say this is Polley’s best effort to date.  The stand out though is, Chaneac.  Her performance as DREN, the bird/reptile/America’s Next Top Model, is a scene stealer…you don’t know whether to be attracted to her or freaked the hell out. (freaking out, still kind of a turn-on, no? TMI, grandpa, TMI).

Guillermo del Toro (one of the producers along with Joel Silver) calls “Splice”…the movie that has everything…The perfect Date movie!”…hmmm. To me Splice is a great Horror/Thriller flick with plenty of scares. A perfect “Date Movie”? I guess …if your date was the aforementioned “Human Centipede”.(again…not necessarily a bad thing) Good o’ Horror is back,Baby! and it’s name is Splice.

Official Site: www.splicethefilm.com

Gary
Gary “El Boy” Deocampo provides insightful profiles & reviews with his own original tongue-in-cheek, macabre, fan-boy style.

Gary was born in the City of Angels and raised on a healthy diet of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Night Gallery, The Hammer Horror Films, and his favorite, Universal Studio’s Monster Movies.

But alas, it was a film that was released in the winter of 1973, where his love and perception of all things Horror would personally change him forever. William Friedkin’s, The Exorcist was that film. To this day The Exorcist still gives him the heebie-jeebies.

Presently, his affinity for the horror genre has broadened and spans the globe. His love and appreciation for director’s Takashi Miike (Audition) and Chan-Wook Park (Old Boy) from the Far East to Sweden’s Tomas Alfredson (Let The Right One In) to his favorite, Mexico’s very own Guillermo del Toro (Cronos, Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth).

In his spare time he likes to exercise and/or exorcise his inner demons. The little devil still resides in the City of Angels, in a suburb founded by Puritans (!) with his lovely and patient wife, his two equally lovely and patient children, two hounds and his pet Cthulhu.

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