Splice W/Director Q&A

Have you ever asked yourself the question? Ya know, would you? Would you have sex with a fantastical creature? Vincenzo Natali has and he made a film that explores and pushes the boundaries of that thought well beyond the expected.

I was able to catch a sneak peak much talked about film featuring a Q&A with director in Hollywood tonight and from the first few minutes I knew this was going to be a different kind of flick. Instead of strict sci-fi horror, the film was surprising light and funny through the first half.

Fans of the predictable creature feature formula in which something is created, breaks loose, and kills everything in site will be disappointed. Instead, Splice offers much more depth and character development. In fact, the film truly is a 3 person, er, 2 human and one partial human movie.

Adrien Brody(The Pianist) and Sarah Polley (Dawn of the Dead) are genetic engineer types with a penchant for being awesome at their jobs. So much so that they are given mostly free reign to do whatever they want. They end up creating Dren (nerd spelled backwards), a part hottie, part lizard, part deer, part fish, part…well you get the idea.

Dren is played by French actress Delphine Chaneac (who oddly enough was the first to audition for the part) mixed in with a combination of special effects. These effects are nearly seamless and make for a believable creature. Natali said after the screening his goal was to make a credible creature, one that was more human and could be related to in a more practical manner than say, a super freak 100% CGI monster.

While you will probably hear many Cronnenberg references and comparisons; Natali was able to create his own realm which was more akin to the real world than most bio-horror movies.  It is a tough market to get into with Cronnenberg essentially owning the entire genre.

The final act of the film will certainly be the most talked about part of the movie for many years to come. It takes a lot of guts to tread where Natali takes the film. In my opinion horror is supposed to push limits and make its viewers uncomfortable.  If not for that, then why watch?

Snore Factor: ZZ

IMDB 2009

FYI: More stuff from the Q&A

Natali originally said he thought of Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon for the parts when he nearly made the film in year 2000.

I will add more when I have some more time tomorrow.

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