For we die-hard fans of Cube director Vincenzo Natali (and yes, I am working on a history of the Cube series, thank you for asking), the coming of his latest work, Splice, is the equivalent of a much-loved band finally coming to your town. While the film itself may not see the light of day until next year, word now comes from the director himself that a 5-minute preview of Splice will be screening at the UK’s Frightfest film festival in just a few days (Aug. 27-31).
Why should we be excited about Splice?
Since his feature film debut with Cube in 1997, Natali has demonstrated a passion for using stunning visuals (and in the case of Cube, a fair amount of blood) to explore complex ideas, and Splice appears to be no exception.
Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley star as two scientists who create a new form of life, which quickly gets out of hand. In the wrong hands, we could be looking at just another monster-on-the-loose flick. But Natali has yet to make a path-of-least-resistance movie to cash a paycheck. Look for some interesting images to underscore some thought-provoking ideas in Splice.
You can check out a detailed history of Natali’s work in The New Horror Handbook.