In this indie film sure to make audiences shriek, the horror is just beginning when a young couple is carjacked by an escaped inmate and his lover. But the criminal (Shea Whigham, WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY) isn't the most dangerous thing on the trip; a mysterious, parasitic creature stalks the two couples, and a small convenience store doesn't prove to be much of a haven from the menace. Toby Wilkins, who won awards for his short film "Staring at the Sun," makes his feature directorial debut with SPLINTER.
*** out of **** Take a premise in which people are trapped in a gas-station, add a little fun twist to it, and you've got my attention and my support. The last good gas-station horror flick I saw was "The Mist", which I thoroughly enjoyed. Now comes "Splinter", which is much lesser known, but alas, equally as entertaining. The trick to making a good gas-station horror film is to not make the gas-station the "wrong one". There are horror films that deal … more
The concept of the unknown against a small group of folks isolated in a small area had been numerous times, most notably in films like "Night of the Living Dead", "Alien" and "The Thing". "The Mist" followed this same formula with a much larger group of folks. It is a very basic and simple concept that relies more in execution--this premise will provide the feeling of claustrophobia, terror and helplessness. However, this concept if done incorrectly and poorly will end up in a laughable … more
Pros: interesting creature, it won awards, great cast participation Cons: some jerky camera work but not bad The Bottom Line: You'll never look at quills the same way again The really frightening thing about Splinter is that they made absolutely no excuses for the appearance of the parasite in their movie. Usually we have a government gene splice trick happening or a chemical spill or even illegal dumping to blame on the formation … more