There were two horror movie darlings at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The first was Buried, the Rodrigo Cortes-directed film about Ryan Reynolds trying to escape being buried alive in a coffin; it was promptly picked up by Lionsgate for distribution and will be coming out this fall. The second was Splice, the Vincenzo Natali-directed film about two scientists, played by Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, who create an unexpected new life form. It too was also promptly picked up; Warner Brothers' genre division, Dark Castle, will be putting it out in theaters in the US on June 4th.
Fans have been getting glimpses at the creature at the center of Splice for well over a year now, but now we finally get to see the final in motion thanks to its first official trailer over at MSN and I've gotta say...I've now tempered my expectations a bit. Reading people's strong reactions to the film from the fest circuit, seeing all of the pre-production sketches and first stills from the film, and keeping in mind that it was all being made by the guy who created Cube had me envisioning a different kind of film altogether. I really don't know what that film actually was, but this trailer makes Splice look like a relatively standard story of scientists who can't handle their discovery.
Don't get me wrong, it looks a well shot, well cast scientists who can't handle their discovery movie, but I'd be lying if the trailer didn't bring to mind thoughts of Species or that episode of Sliders where Kari Wuhrer gets taken over by a bug that makes her want to mate with all the men around her. I'm still holding out hope for something special, though, so please, check out the trailer below and let me know I'm crazy for not falling head over heels for it.