Splinter

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Overview

CGI effects wizard and versatile cinema Renaissance man Toby Wilkins directed this shocker, which is set in and around a remote gas station, where a vicious, virus-like entity invades the body of human victims and instills in them an unquenchable thirst for human blood. On their way into the wilderness for a romantic weekend alone, a young couple is carjacked by a desperate escaped criminal and his devious girlfriend. Later, as the mismatched couples head ever deeper into the woods, they unknowingly become ...
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Overview

CGI effects wizard and versatile cinema Renaissance man Toby Wilkins directed this shocker, which is set in and around a remote gas station, where a vicious, virus-like entity invades the body of human victims and instills in them an unquenchable thirst for human blood. On their way into the wilderness for a romantic weekend alone, a young couple is carjacked by a desperate escaped criminal and his devious girlfriend. Later, as the mismatched couples head ever deeper into the woods, they unknowingly become targeted by a parasitic creature that absorbs the corpses of its human victims. The situation goes from bad to worse when the four travelers seek shelter at an abandoned gas station, and the insatiable creature begins taking them over one by one. With no means of telling who's been infected and who can still be trusted, the prospect of anyone escaping with their lives grows increasingly dim with each passing minute.
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Special Features

The Splinter creature; Creature concept art gallery; The Wizard; Building the gas station; Shooting digitally; Oklahoma weather; How to make a Splinter pumpkin; HDNet: a look at Splinter; Commentary with director and cast; Commentary with director and crew
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Splinter is a tight, taut little horror-thriller that demonstrates just how much scare you can pack into a miniscule budget and 82 minutes. The script by Kai Berry and Ian Shorr wastes little time getting its protagonists into a hairy situation, which then becomes hairier -- or, perhaps, "pricklier." The carjacking of Henry Paolo Costanzo and Polly Jill Wagner proves just the appetizer, as the camping couple gets cornered in a gas station with their kidnappers Shea Whigham and Rachel Kerbs while a zombie resembling the world's tallest porcupine tries to infect and absorb them. There are moments in Splinter that could have been silly if director and effects veteran Toby Wilkins hadn't had a solid plan for revealing his highly original monster. Instead of the clear, straight-on shot that can instantly sap the scare factor from a cheap-looking creature, Wilkins shoots the spiny abomination in flashes, its body lurching and flopping like a wet towel. Because he's dead serious in his setup, Wilkins gets away with a hand coming loose and attacking the cornered victims, without reminding us of Thing from The Addams Family. When it's a four-character movie, a lot rides on the actors, and this group doesn't disappoint, particularly the charismatic Whigham as the hot-tempered convict who may be more complicated than he seems. Such a simple setup allows Wilkins et al. to delve into the details, and it's fun to watch the characters use what's available in a backwoods gas station to fend off the predator. Their inventiveness not only says a lot about them as fascinating characters, but also about the cleverness of the screenwriters. Splinter is a hip and satisfying gem that didn't deserve to go unnoticed during its theatrical run. It should definitely be discovered on video, especially by lovers of smart genre films.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • UPC: 876964001786
  • Original Release: 2008
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  • Source: Magnolia
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 5,821

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shea Whigham Dennis Farell
Paulo Costanzo Seth Belzer
Jill Wagner Polly Watt
Rachel Kerbs Lacey Belisle
Charles Baker Blake Sherman Jr.
Laurel Whitsett Sheriff Terri Frankel
Technical Credits
Toby Wilkins Director
Iqbal Ahmed Co-producer
Ozzy Alvarez Makeup Special Effects
Kai Barry Producer, Screenwriter
Lauren Bass Casting
Christian Beckman Makeup Special Effects
Graham Begg Executive Producer
Kai Berry Producer, Screenwriter
Chad Burris Executive Producer
Jamie Carmichael Executive Producer
Elia Cmiral Score Composer
Nelson Cragg Cinematographer
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
Chris Freihofer Casting
John Glosser Co-producer
Ted Kroeber Producer
David Michael Maurer Editor
Danielle Noe Makeup Special Effects
Raj Patil Co-producer
Justin Raleigh Makeup Special Effects
Ian Shorr Screenwriter
Jennifer Spence Production Designer
Thomas Spence Art Director
David Stevens Sound/Sound Designer
Todd Wagner Executive Producer
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Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted July 24, 2013

    One of the best low-budget horror films I have seen in years. T

    One of the best low-budget horror films I have seen in years. This is what you do with a film when you have limited resources: use what you don't have to your advantage.

    I love films about seclusion, where the characters are cut off from society. What a great way to set the scene than to seclude our characters in a remote gas station. My only reason I rated this one as a 4 star was the fact that this film was a little hard to follow and the camera shots made the attack sequences a little hard to distinguish. Other than that this is an amazing film. This is only the second film I've ever screamed during. I love horror movies so I don't get scared too easily. What a great film!

    On a final note; Shea Whigham was incredible in this film. If you really want to see him act more check out "Take Shelter." This is one incredible actor. Watch out for him.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A different kind of movie monster!

    Pretty decent horror movie with good monster special effects. Likeable cast.. Good ending... If you liked the Thing we're sure you'll like this one. Enjoy monster lovers! Enjoy!

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