In theaters this weekend, producer Guillermo del Toro shocks audiences
with his visions of a human-animal hybrid in the movie Splice. The
monster is born from the work of two rogue scientists played by Adrien
Brody and Sarah Polley. The romantically-involved researchers splice
human and animal DNA to create a creature that truly tests the
descriptive powers of the nation's film critics. We've compiled the most
creative, elucidating descriptions of the monster from around the Web:
horrible thing that starts out looking like a chicken with a baby's
head and then grows into some terrifying bald girl with pretty eyes and
ghastly birdlike legs," writes Mick LaSalle at The San Francisco
"What they create looks like Sinéad O'Connor in her
20s but with freaky eyes, four fingers, a tail, and the legs of a
kangaroo," says David Blaustein at ABC Radio News.
human, part various animal species, she’s got strangely beautiful
aquatic eyes, muscular three-jointed legs and a long, sinuous tail with a
poisonous stinger," writes Anthony Kaufman at The Wall
"First it's a pile of flesh with eyes on either
side of its head. Then, quickly, since its growth is accelerated, it
begins to look humanoid, albeit with other components, from amphibious
to avian — plus a long tail with a lethal spike. It has no language
you'd recognize — clicks and rattles and chirps," writes David Edelstein at NPR
hairless, E.T.-like creature, she seems to be cobbled together from a
harp seal, a deer, an albatross and Polley herself, who possesses the
same lambent dark eyes and ethereal pallor," writes Ann Hornaday at The Washington Post.
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