Peter Bradshaw states, "Vincenzo Natali, director of the cult 1997 mystery Cube, has confected a bizarre black-comic horror, a cross-breed mutant Frankenfilm with bits of Ridley Scott's Alien, David Cronenberg's The Fly and David Lynch's Eraserhead. It's also an entertaining and cheerfully subversive satire on corporate ambition, and on the consequences of suppressing one's sex drive in favour of one's work drive." (Bradshaw 2010) Bradshaw connects Splice to other hybrid films and basically tells the viewer it's a modern, unique version, brought to life by Natali.
On a personal level certain parts of the film seemed in some way cliché, for instance the location - the forest - and specific lines, "What's the worst that could happen?" (said by Elsa). Also for whatever reason the two protagonist's characters didn't seem believable, relatable therefore some members of the audience would feel detached to the horror on the screen.
List of illustrations
Figure 1. Natali, Vincenzo (2009) Splice Movie Poster. At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Splice-poster.jpg (Accessed on:12/10/11)
Figure 2. Natali, Vincenzo (2009) Elsa and Dren (as a child). At: http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/film/1736 (Accessed on:12/10/11)
Figure 3. Natali, Vincenzo (2009) Elsa and Dren (grown up). At: http://www.fearnet.com/news/interviews/b19261_delphine_chaneac_on_creating_creature.html (Accessed on:12/10/11)
The Guardian Peter Bradshaw (2010) Splice. At: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/jul/22/splice-review (Accessed on:12/10/11)
Empire Kim Newman (Unspecified date) Splice. At: http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?FID=135263 (Accessed on:12/10/11)
Roger Ebert (2010) Splice. At: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100602/REVIEWS/100609991 (Accessed on:12/10/11)