Splice made a good impression on many of the attendees at this year’s Sundance Film Festival – enough so that it was picked up by Warner Bros. for distribution in theaters this summer. Thanks to the folks over at Collider, we now have an even better look at the sci-fi morality tale-meets-horror monster flick than that offered by the recent international trailer.
Those unfamiliar with the plot of Splice should have a read through the film’s official synopsis:
Superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create incredible hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly take their boldest experimentation underground – risking their careers by pushing the boundaries of science to serve their own curiosity and ambition.
The result is Dren, an amazing, strangely beautiful creature of uncommon intelligence and an array of unexpected physical developments.
At first, Dren exceeds their wildest dreams. But as she grows and learns at an accelerated rate, her existence threatens to become their worst nightmare.
Now take a look at the latest poster, which highlights the family drama allegory of the film:
We also have several new clips from the film for you to check out as well. The footage has clearly been edited for language and cuts to black before any R-Rated violence breaks out – however, those who are put off by the sight of amniotic fluid or creatures with fruit-shaped skulls, well, you’ve been warned.
The production values for Splice do look top-notch for a low-budget project. I find these clips a bit on the cheesy side myself, but that might be due to my viewing them out of context. Splice looks like a film that’s big on atmosphere and takes it times building up a sense of dread ( a la the original Alien), so here’s hoping that scenes like these play out better when not viewed in the context of the film.
Finally, we have a new image gallery for Splice – one which offers a more detailed look at the bizarre genetic experiment that is Dren, both as a child and a grown, um, “woman.”
So what do you think? Does Splice look like a new, terrifying sci-fi thriller? Or a film that’s more silly than scary? Sound off in the comments section below.
Splice attacks theaters in the U.S. on June 4, 2010.