'Splice' star Delphine Chaneac's monstrous performance

Delphine Chaneac, who plays the grown-up creature Dren in Guillermo del Toro's "Splice," starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, directed by screenwriter Vicenzo Natali, is the moral heart of the sci-film film about the gene splice creation of new forms of life.

The French actress -- who looks like a younger, less harried French version of Angelina Jolie -- has only appeared in one English-speaking film, "The Pink Panther," which explains why US movie audiences aren't familiar with her face. Yet.

This demanding "Splice" role required her to convincingly portray a creature -- made in a lab by an ambitious geneticist couple -- that is part lizard, part bird, a dash of what-the-heck-is-that and a big dollop of human DNA.