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'Splice' pushes horror film genre boundaries

June 2, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody is the leading man in the new horror move, "Splice," and French star Delfine Chaneac plays an animal-human hybrid. The new movie is the brainchild of a guy who knew he'd be pushing the envelope."Splice" tells the story of two scientists, played by Sarah Polley and Brody, who defy ethics and the law.

They splice together human and animal DNA and create a whole new kind of being.

Director Vincenzo Natali calls "Splice" an "emotional horror film" but admits that there are some "pretty shocking things" in it.

"Both actors responded to the script, especially Sarah. I think she responded to it because it was so perverse," said Natali. "She, in fact, told me that when she was reading the script, she would read something and think, 'Are they going to go there?' And then we would."

"While it's sort of a Frankenstein story, unlike Frankenstein, it's not a father-son story where Dr. Frankenstein created, basically, a surrogate son. This is a mother-daughter story," Natali explained.

The "daughter" quickly develops into a creature of beauty. Then, things get really ugly.

"Making this film was very much like having a child. It was very much like a pregnancy, albeit a pregnancy that was 12-years-long and I feel like I'm finally giving birth, and I can't tell you what a relief that is," said the director.

"Splice" is rated R for disturbing elements including strong sexuality, nudity, sci-fi violence and language. It opens Friday.