This is for the 2015 (1st) edition of the list. For the 2016 (2nd) edition, go here.
Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named "Dren", the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera, who forges a bond with both of her creators - only to have that bond turn deadly.
Icky. Really icky. And also the only sci-fi film I can remember with a jazz montage.
Vincenzo Natali's "Splice" is a contemporary-minded tale of scientists who dabble too close to God's realm; it is Frankenstein with DNA. The film, with its chilly aesthetic and themes of creation and parenting, is a solidly crafted outing that is rich enough to make resonating statements. "Splice" may fall short of greatness, but it does offer enough to satisfy.
Following a couple involved with combining animal DNA in order to find a disease-curing protein and the mayhem caused by something they create, the story is engrossing. It treads the well-worn path of gothic, horror literature but adds a modern gloss. Its themes are obvious but impactful.
"Splice" is a well constructed horror film with sturdy effects and a sturdier cast…
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What a fucked up movie. Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley are geneticists that have created Fred & Ginger, apparently they have a protein that will cure all diseases. When they are denied permission for human trials they do it anyway, introduce human DNA into the mix and create Dren, a female creature that quickly matures into a strangely attractive thing, that has wings and a spiky tale. Brody fancies it, so he fucks his creation. It then mutates from female to male, and then has sex with Polley's character and inseminates her. Brody dies trying to kill it and Polley smashes its head in. The movie ends with Polley, in the interest of science, deciding to carry the foetus as part of the next phase of the experiment. What the fuck?
Creative, interesting, fresh, a bit gross (Adrien Brody you naughty boy) but not always enjoyable, check it out though.
This film exists somewhere between the idiotic faux-science-fiction of Hollow Man and the genuine humanist drama of The Fly. Which I guess means if you thought the former was fun, you'll think this one is pretty smart, and if you thought the latter had something to say about the human condition, you'll be severely disappointed at being jerked around.
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Create a weird monster. Refuse to show it any sort of kindness or humanity. Try to kill it. MULTIPLE TIMES, if we're being honest. Decide you rather like it and start raising it like your daughter. Reject it again. MUTILATE it. HAVE SEX WITH IT. Then wonder why it tries to kill you.
Oh, and it also basically rapes one of its "parents." And gets her pregnant. The one whose DNA it's partially made up of. Yeah.
One of the most morally bankrupt films ever made. Gains an extra star just because I think this may have happened accidentally and that thought alone amuses me.
honestly? im fucked off that i didnt produce this film. im fucked off that some dickheads who werent interested in researching anything for their film got to play with this cool idea. like wtf did the inspiration for this piece come from someone stumbling onto a buzzfeed article talking about the sex change frog? did you watch jurrassic park and decide that was enough? i dont get it, i dont get how you could possibly choose to create this film when you so clearly dont have an interest in biology. dren and elsa deserved a better plot is all i can say
this movie bangs i love science
Really enjoyed this film. A pity it didn't try to pack a few more thrill into it and I got the feeling that it had been re-edited to try to shorten it as some scenes really raced along not allowing the full impact of them to be felt within the story.
Another that has sat on the 'to watch' list of Netflix for so long that it was a matter of saying "Enough Already! Let's' watch the damned thing!" I'm really glad we did.
What starts out as a cerebral sci-fi film about relationships and parenting, sadly descends into b-movie monster monotony in the last 20 minutes. The tonal shift is not only unwelcome but is also accompanied by a tasteless rape scene. I find it odd many more people take umbrage at the consensual sex in the film more so that the rape finale.
“Splice”bears a striking resemblance to the 1995 science fiction horror film “Species”. From the trailers, I anticipated a “Species” remake without actually being a remake and replacing the alien with a genetically engineered “species”. What I got was exactly that, almost to the “T” (or “S” since there really is no “T” in the word “species”).
Take the format of the 1995 film “Species” and update it fifteen years into the future, where the world of science is right on the brink of developing clones and human genome projects to genetically enhance the human survival. Unsure how to categorize “Splice” (which bares a striking resemblance to even the name of the one word title “Species”), I must analyze the film…
Schöne Schnittmenge aus cronenbergschem Body-Horror, klassischen Mad-Scientists nach Universal-Manier (Clive & Elsa, you see?) und galligem Beziehungsdrama.
In "Splice," Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley play fellow scientists who fiddle around with genetic engineering to create a strange, animal/human hybrid named Dren. The characters played by Brody and Polley are named Clive and Elsa in a cheeky homage to the 1935 "Bride of Frankenstein," in which Dr. Frankenstein was played by Colin Clive and the monster he creates is played memorably by Elsa Lanchester. Why then isn't it the monster in "Splice" that's named Elsa if we are drawing parallels to the 1935 film, and who says it isn't? For there's more than one kind of monster.
"Splice" settles into pedestrian mutant monster movie mode only in its last 15 minutes or so. The movie up to that…
I was gonna leave the review at that, but it's a bit too glib. Parenthood parable smartly skirts a lot of the expected horror thrills, instead engrossing us with the creature's development and the evolution of her creators' feelings for her. Considering the genre, the movie generates an impressive amount of sympathy for Dren.
Not sure I buy the last scene.
"Splice" ist ein interessanter Spin der Frankenstein-Story a la David Cronenberg
Regisseur Vincenzo Natali bringt interessante Ideen, schöne Bilder und gute Performances auf den Tisch.
Erzählerisch schwächelt der Film leider durch den Fokus auf das Wissenschaftlerpaar ein wenig, da wir zu wenig von "Dren" sehen und auch nur geringe Einblicke in ihr Handeln bekommen.
Auch das Finale schmälert, durch eine zu actionreiche Ausrichtung, den Gesamteindruck, auch wenn das tatsächliche Ende wiederum für hitzige Diskussionen sorgen dürfte...
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…
All films I've seen from Canada, my homeland.