A production still of the creature from the movie Splice


A cross between horror and a Sci-Fi drama, Splice is about genetic engineers who hope to achieve fame by successfully splicing together the DNA of a human and different animals to create new hybrid animals for medical use. The advertisements for this film were a bit deceiving as it isn’t really a horror film. It did however, feel original for a species creation film.

Even so, I was pleasantly surprised by the intentional falsely advertised film. I was annoyed that it wasn’t a horror film, but I enjoyed it non-the-less. The film was impressive in its pursuit of a more complex emotional response. It definitely provokes thought with the idea of morality on both a scientific and personal level.

Splice isn’t about a monster, but rather a social commentary on parenthood. The baby Dren, Nerd backwards, is essentially human and is raised as such. It is however, hidden from society because the scientists know Dren will be rejected and possibly feared.

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