Splice: Finally, A Different Horror Movie On The Horizon?

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:48 pm,
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With the prevalence of torture porn (no, I’m not afraid to use that term and yes, I think it’s accurate) movies like the Saw and Hostel films over the last couple of years, I’m more than ready for a new kind of horror movie experience and it looks like Splice might be just the thing the doctor ordered (pun intended as you will see shortly).

Splice is being produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Vincenzo Natali. You’ve probably heard of del Toro: His past films include Mimic, Blade II, Hellboy and the critically acclaimed horror/fairy tale for grownups Pan’s Labyrinth (which reminds me, I need to add that last one to my rental list). Who is Natali? His most famous movie as far as American audiences are concerned would be the most excellent sci-fi/horror film Cube.

Before I get to more about the movie, be aware that a couple of the images below probably fall under the category of “NSFW” or “Not Safe For Work” due to some female nudity. You should also be aware that they are quite creepy and you might even consider them a bit disturbing, so you’re been warned and click on them at your own risk.

The story revolves around a couple of geneticists (played by Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley) who decide to throw ethics out the window and experiment with splicing together the genes of a human with that of animals. They illegally create a hybrid (pictured below) and try to hide her from the world. As you can no doubt guess, they probably don’t succeed.

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Director Vincenzo Natali says that the film is:

“…about finding humanity in the monster and… the monsters that lurk within humanity.”

The story and images give off a definite David Cronenberg vibe. Some of the most horrifying images are those of people who are disfigured in some way and it looks like this movie will tap into that primal aspect of our minds. Much like H.R. Giger’s work, sometimes the most effective use of this is to combine extreme beauty with some odd mutation… it pulls at both sides of the brain, both attracting a repelling us at the same time.

If the script is decent and this is done well, it could be a VERY effective sci-fi/horror movie.

There’s no solid release date for this yet, but they’re aiming for some time in 2009.

Source (images and story): AICN

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  1. I agree with the ‘torture porn’ comment on Saw etc. The increasing use of blood and gore in horror films is indicative of filmmakers inability to utilize the most terrifying of all things, our imagination. Having made my own film Underworld (which can be seen free at my site ironmountainmovies.com) on a relatively low budget I had to leave a lot of the horror to my audiences imagination and according to critics I was fairly successful and got a cinema release. Judge for yourself, pop over and view it for free.
    Ronan Gallagher

  2. Is it at all weird that I think she’s kinda cute? ._.

  3. LOL, Kent I think that’s part of the point of the design of the creature. To be sexy and repulsive at the same time, causing your brain to short-circuit. :-)


  4. That it has. O_o
    Anyway, I’m glad that this isn’t being done by people in bulky, unconvincing suits (The Fly) and actually utilizing the full potential of modern day cgi. I mean these look like photos which is really freaky.

  5. i just like the creatures the del toro created for he previous films this one looks just as cool

  6. hey vic ! any chance we’l be see’in a Trailer any time soon ?


    Thanks for bringing this back to my attention, I’ll have to do a little digging and see what’s going on with this, if anything.


  8. This looks like the makings of a new classic I cant wait for a trailer so i can see how it looks but as of now im a fan

  9. Yeah, I second that: what’s the latest?


  10. Hey folks, FINALLY something new has come out on this film, including more images and a release date!



  11. Hey wait! If the creature was created in a lab, why would she have a belly button? I’m sure some scientist will slam me, but I don’t think she should.

  12. Hi,
    Just a couple of quick comments. Yes the movie does look awesome, and yes creepy at the same time. Things are happening with the movie and there should be more pics and hopefully a trailer very, very soon. Also just to note that Guillermo Del Torro is an Executive producer on the project. The actual producer is Steven Hoban. Known for movies such as the Ginger Snaps trilogy, Nothing, Young People Fu.. etc. He and Vincenzo have been long time friends and colaborators. If you like what you have seen and heard….wait until you see the whole thing.

  13. I never thought of Saw as torture porn but I only watched the first one. It was too much for me.

    I think you nailed it though.

    This movie looks interesting. I will be going to see this one.

  14. Honestly, this is the worst movie ever! its so silly its like watching a comdey!!
    so awkward, weak writing, and simply a disaster!


  15. He looks terrifying……