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Fetal Distraction: Splice The Movie

Topics: Popular Media | Add A CommentBy admin | May 27, 2010

In theaters June 4th, Vincenzo Natali’s “Splice”, starring Oscar winner Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, promises to be the best bad movie of the summer.

It is with a moderate amount of shame that I admit that the next film release that intrigues me is Splice, which will be in theaters June 4. The film looks like it falls comfortably into a genre that I for reasons beyond my comprehension am fascinated with, the slickly-produced film that may be really bad but knows that it is, and is therefore exceptional in a twisted sort of way. I have a long list of these that I’ll share someday (it would be very different from Rotten Tomatoes’ list based on the same idea), but recent examples would be Teeth or Hissss. The recent Repo Men should have made it into this realm, but failed, for reasons that I can’t quite put my finger on. In any case, Splice’s premise is from the familiar territory of Frankenstein-meets-egotistical-gene-splicing-scientist stuff, but apparently director Vincenzo Natali (The Cube) spins the story into what one reviewer referred to as “An erotic sci-fi on acid reproductive romp with bald bisexual bestiality, possible self-rape, involuntary transsexual gender reassignment; and DNA altered worms named Ginger and Fred, who may actually be George and Fred“. As is often the case for me, I’m almost more interested in the marketing of the thing than the story or the product itself; whoever is responsible for promoting the film has perfectly executed the all-too-common blunder of creating “virals” that never went viral, in this case partly because they suck, but more likely because they’re buried do deeply on the film’s site that you can’t even find them if you already know they exist. It’s not as much fun as “Elfing Yourself”, but go Splice Yourself anyway. All the same, I’ll be in line for a matinee showing next Friday. The film stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as the scientists Clive and Elsa (after Colin Clive and Elsa Lancaster, stars of the 1930s Frankenstein films) and French actress Delphine Chaneac as their creation DREN. Trailer and images below.

Splice Clip

Splice Trailer

Yes, I spliced myself :

And here are the results. A friend said I don’t look much different.