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Splice: Species meets Frankenstein
And speaking of creature, by all accounts at Sundance, actress Delphine Chaneac gives a convincingly tragic and powerful performance as the full grown Dren. Though she’s a hodgepodge of six different kinds of animal DNA, the human strand is enough for audiences to connect with this doomed critter on an emotional level--which brings me to the Species connection. Like Natasha Henstridge’s portrayal of the deadly alien vixen Sil, Dren also matures rapidly into an adult female creature struggling with the urge to mate. These simple growing pains prove to be a threat to the continuation of the human species. Only time will tell if Natali will grant his creature clemency, and if Dren can find a place in our world. Probably not.
Regardless of its echoes with films like Species or the old Frankenstein tale, Splice presents a new direction for horror’s currently struggling market, clogged with remakes and other fluff (I'm talking about you, Twilight: Eclipse). Splice is more than just a creature feature and according to Scott Weinburg “is less about the newborn creature "Dren" than it is about the slow and twisted depths that our heroes (?) are willing to plumb” and how far we as an audience are willing to go with them.
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