There are a number of interesting-looking horror and sci-fi flicks on the horizon, but one of the quieter ones that I’m most interested in is director Vincenzo Natali’s (Cube) Splice. Produced by Guillermo Del Toro, it was finished last year, floated around for a while looking for a distributor, and is now finally coming to theaters on June 4th. That date is pretty surprising, given that it’s smack in the middle of tentpole season. Here’s a bit o’ plot for you, courtesy of Slashfilm:
Elsa (Sarah Polley) and Clive (Adrien Brody) are a brilliant couple, biochemists who have figured out how to successfully combine different forms of animal DNA into a single creature. Their breakthroughs have many implications for the fields of science and health, but they have yet to crack the final frontier: an animal-human hybrid. When their superiors threaten to shut down their engineering project and put a stop to any further innovations, Elsa and Ed decide to take matters into their own hands.
It’s got a few things going for it: An interesting premise, that, while vaguely similar, doesn’t look nearly as moronic as Species. A spectacular cast — Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley are the leads. That’s a pretty impressive duo. I dig the indie vibe it gives off, and if anyone’s seen Cube, you know Natali can do weird damn well. I love the general feel of it, although the trailer may be playing up the suspense! and shock! parts of it — I’m hoping it’ll be a little more intelligent than the average film of its ilk, and not just blood and jump scares.
It sounds like SyFy-level crap. It looks like it could be amazing. Check the first full trailer:
(Trailer courtesy of Bloody Disgusting)