‘Splice’ Getting Alternate Ending [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 10th, 2010 at 7:40 am,

splice movie Splice Getting Alternate Ending [Updated]

[Update: New details on exactly what's being changed in the film]

Splice, the new film about genetic splicing gone wrong by Vincenzo Natali (Cube) is something sci-fi/horror fans have been looking forward to for sometime. The film’s reception at Sundance was a bit mixed – although, those that dug it really dug it.

The thing about film festivals is that they’re primarily attended by those who are film buffs in the truest sense; what goes over well at those festivals isn’t necessarily representative of the general movie going public.

Case in point: Splice. The film was picked up by Warner Bros. -  a move spearheaded by producer Joel “The Matrix” Silver – and was recently given a prime summer release date. However, in order for the movie to play better (according to Silver and WB’s standards) Splice is going to have to be…well, spliced.

Fangoria got a chance to speak with Natali about the changes being made to the film, and this is what the director had to say:

You’re going to see a slightly nipped-and-tucked version…it’s just going to be cosmetic…There are also a few things I’m changing after seeing the film with an audience. I believe what will come out of it will be a new and improved cut, but in essence, it’ll be the same film.”

For the full quote from Natali, you’ll have to hop over to Fangoria.

paranormal activity alternate cut Splice Getting Alternate Ending [Updated]“Oh my god this ending was terrible… Oh my god this ending was terrible…”

Truthfully, I get nervous whenever I hear this kind of thing about alterations being made to a finished film, as it can really go either way. Then again, a recent case study like Paranormal Activity – which had alternate endings and recut scenes tailored for its theatrical release – demonstrates that a few changes made for the benefit of a wider audience aren’t always bad (Paranormal Activity’s original ending sucked).

Update: There’s been some question as to whether an alternate ending is the change being made to Splice. For those who are wondering, a brief quote from our friends at /Film:

What changes will [Natali] make? I made my own enquiries and confirmed that the only tweaks will come in “tightening up the ending”. Note: that’s tightening up, not overthrowing and replacing. The only question remains how many minutes are we calling the ending here? The last five? Ten? Twenty?

Time, along with unrated director’s cut DVD’s will determine if the changes being made to Splice are ultimately bad or good. I’m just happy to see the film getting a theatrical run.

Speaking of which, Splice will be in theaters on June 4, 2010.

Source: Fangoria

Update Source: /Film

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  1. The quote (or at least the portion in this article) doesn't seem to say anything specific about making a new ending …

  2. The original ending for Terminator: Salvation sucked A__ too. Not that the revised version (after the 'leak') was much better for most out there.

    I dug it. (Guilty Pleasure)

  3. Where in this article does it say anything about an alternate ending?

  4. Okay. So I went and read the article over at Fangoria and there is no mention of an alternate ending in that original article either. So, what gives with the title of this article?

  5. Seriously, you thought the theatrical ending to PA was better than the original?

    The theatrical ending was completely unrealistic compared to what was happening in the film, and it was a copout for them to do a sequal. Katie becoming possesed is one thing, but the demon changing her facial structure is a completely different thing. Besides that, why attack the camera, it's as is it knew at that point that there was an audience and it wanted to scare us. It very well may have scared you, as it did to me too, but it didn't mesh with the rest of the film.

    The original ending, or at least the one in the picture your showing, is much more in line with what's happening in the film, and makes sense. In fact, if you watch it a few times, there are a number of things happening, including what looks like a shadow run from Katies body as the police officers enter the scene, giving us the intention that when she gets up with the knife in her hand, and is shot, that it really is Katie, and not the demon anymore. The original ending, I felt, was much more intelligent, and while maybe not as jump in your seat scary, it was very creepy and still leaves us room for a sequel, just without Katie in it.

  6. Does our update answer your question?

  7. I don't know about the PA original ending being bad, I'd say the theatrical ending was the worst, as it was totally out of left field, we are looking at a “realistic” view of demonic posetion taking place with Katie, that doesn't mean the demon can change her facial structure just to attack a camera! It's as if she knew at that very moment that it was a movie, and she attacked it to scare us. It was really, a crap ending, and though it scared the heck out of everyone, that doesn't make it a better ending.

    The original was much more grounded in reality, and worked well with what the movie was trying to say.

    Plus, the theatrical ending was made so we didn't know what happened to Katie after the camera attack, thus they can make a sequel. Stupid ending.

    I'm super excited for Splice though, I'm a HUGE fan of Cube, and can't wait to see what else Vincenzo can do, and from all of the positive press for it, I am sure it's great. I just hope they don't change it too much.

  8. Seriously, you thought the theatrical ending to PA was better than the original?

    The theatrical ending was completely unrealistic compared to what was happening in the film, and it was a copout for them to do a sequal. Katie becoming possesed is one thing, but the demon changing her facial structure is a completely different thing. Besides that, why attack the camera, it's as is it knew at that point that there was an audience and it wanted to scare us. It very well may have scared you, as it did to me too, but it didn't mesh with the rest of the film.

    The original ending, or at least the one in the picture your showing, is much more in line with what's happening in the film, and makes sense. In fact, if you watch it a few times, there are a number of things happening, including what looks like a shadow run from Katies body as the police officers enter the scene, giving us the intention that when she gets up with the knife in her hand, and is shot, that it really is Katie, and not the demon anymore. The original ending, I felt, was much more intelligent, and while maybe not as jump in your seat scary, it was very creepy and still leaves us room for a sequel, just without Katie in it.

  9. Does our update answer your question?

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