Natali’s Splice Will Satisfy

One thing is not like the other...2009 still seems like a long way away, but the rewards that year will bring to the horror genre make it seem worth the wait. With ’08 flooded by teen slashers and pointless remakes, it is comforting to know some filmmakers and studios are still willing to take a chance on projects like Splice.

Fangoria got to talk to the film’s director, Vincenzo Natali. The Cube helmer informed Fango that horror fans who loved creature features won’t be let down by Splice, “This is a creature film, first and foremost and it will satisfy those looking for one. But really, Splice is a very dark love triangle, a twisted look at human relations and the issues that arise when people have children. It’s my ‘Frankenstein’, but it deviates from that myth.

I am all for that and how can a combination of Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody go wrong when you’ve got genetic science gone wrong and moral dilemmas?

If you’ve missed out on our past coverage of Splice (“Splice Rolling for ’09” – December 2007), here is a nice detailed synopsis of the picture: “Clive and Elsa are superstars of the genetic engineering world. They specialize in splicing together DNA from different animals to create fantastical new hybrids. The charismatic couple wants to use human DNA in a new hybrid – something that could yield astronomical medical benefits. The pharmaceutical company that funds their research, however, is more interested in exploiting their earlier triumphs for easier, short-term profit. Clive and Elsa secretly conduct their own experiment. The result is Dren: an amazing creature who exhibits an array of unexpected developments, both physical and intellectual. Dren exceeds their wildest dreams…and, ultimately, their most terrifying nightmare.


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