Morally Despicable Horrorshow
Release Date: June 04, 2010
Starring: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley,
Delphine Chaneac, and David
Runtime: 14 minutes
Distributor: Dark Castle/Warner Bros.
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Executive Producer: Guillermo Del Toro, Susan
Montford, Don Murphy,
Cristophe Riandee, Yves
Chevalier, Joel Silver, and
Producer: Steven Hoban
Writer: Vincenzo Natali, Antoinette
Terry Bryant and Doug Taylor
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The movie opens with two young Canadian scientists, Clive and Elsa, who also live together, creating a new species in the laboratory in order to create a new protein useful for medicine. They name their two new specimens Fred and Ginger, after the famous Hollywood dance team of the 1930s and 40s.
Clive and Elsa want to go to the next step, by combining the animal genes they’ve used with human ones. That would involve using some cloning techniques that are outlawed, however, so their bosses order them to stick with manipulating the animal genes.
Elsa pressures and goads Clive into secretly running an experiment on the side mixing human genes with the animal ones they’ve “perfected.” Using genes from a human female, they clone a human/animal hybrid. The unborn version of the creature grows at an alarming pace. Soon, Clive and Elsa have a little female human/animal hybrid, with a poisonous stinger. Elsa justifies keeping the creature alive because it probably will soon be dead since it’s growing at such an alarming pace.
On seeing the hybrid grow, Elsa’s mother instincts kick in. She dresses the creature in young female clothes and names it Dren (which is backwards for Nerd). Eventually, however, Elsa and Clive have to spirit the creature away to Elsa’s dead mother’s farm, to hide Dren from the authorities.
From there, SPLICE degenerates into a silly plot that involves abhorrent allusions to incest and bestiality, not to mention pedophilia or pederasty, and eventually includes a despicable rape scene. It also leads to violent murder.
SPLICE does deal with some important current moral issues regarding genetic engineering and cloning. It also wonders cogently at one point, if you break one moral boundary, doesn’t that mean you can break all the moral boundaries? Its plot, however, degenerates into silly situations and dialogue and involves some really abhorrent, despicable sexual allusions and content. The movie also contains an excessive amount of strong foul language and very strong, often scary violence. No way can MOVIEGUIDE® commend this movie to anybody, including people who like to see the more graphic horror movies like SPLICE.
SPLICE does bring up some important current moral issues regarding genetic engineering and cloning. It also wonders cogently at one point, if you break one moral boundary, doesn’t that mean you can break all the moral boundaries? Its plot, however, degenerates into silly situations and dialogue and involves some really abhorrent content. A better, less sensationalistic movie would have toned down the gratuitous explicit content, created a better script, and answered the moral questions it raises with biblical truth that inspires rather than titillates.