Clive and Elsa are young, brilliant, and ambitious. The new animal species they engineered has made them rebel superstars of the scientific world. In secret, they introduce human DNA into the experiment.
This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what's now showing
Dysfunctional family drama in the guise of a horror movie has outstanding special effects, some genuine scares and good points, but too many unintentionally funny moments mute the overall impact. Still, it's one of the most imaginative horror films to come out in recent years and a mostly enjoyable experience.
Think of Splice as the unofficial sequel to David Cronenberg's "Crimes of the Future". So, in a sense, it's the best film Cronenberg never made. It's also what Sony EyePet for the PS3 will look like in 10-15 years.
On the surface, it seems derivative of predecessors such as "Species" -- the disappointingly typical horror-movie climax reinforces this. But in the middle, there is a fascinating allegory about the perils and anxieties of parenting, especially when fraught with a family history of abuse. The comparisons to Cronenberg may be unavoidable, but somewhat inaccurate. Natali is unique in his own right.
Wasn't what I was expecting at all. So much of this is influenced by Cronenberg and it does it all well. At first I came out really enjoying it but I've thought about it more and more after seeing it and I just love it.