Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, it’s another let’s board up and defend against the monster’s horror flick. It’s not as good as Feast, but it will do just fine. Splinter is not some cheap scare flick looking to make a quick buck. This is a full bloodied horror B movie, with a decent story and very good pacing. It’s the pacing that will get ya, because the movie unfolds at just the right speed. Too bad the characters are pretty generic and without much development. Splinter is more of an homage to the sub-genre than a new entry. The crew was fully aware of this and actually tried to turn this bug into a feature. And they made it, creating a very fun and entertaining movie to start off your horror movie night. These days there are so many crappy movies with bad plots, special effects and especially acting, so Splinter with all its faults is actually a very nice addition. Just think of all those movies that you had to turn off after first fifteen minutes…

Splinter [2008] Movie Review Recommendation PosterSeth Belzer and Polly Watt are a young couple looking to escape the city life, at least for one, romantic weekend. As their destination they picked the ancient forests of Oklahoma. Everything was going fine until they got car jacked by a strange couple. However, all of them find themselves at an abandoned gas station after they hit a splinter on a road. Soon, they will realize that the gas station is actually not abandoned…

Movie that has to be mentioned here is Slither, released just two years earlier and featuring a similar story but with a much funnier outlook. Splinter is more menacing, especially towards the end. This is where Shea Whigham shines as Dennis Farell, criminal who’s looking just trying to stay alive. With a cast that consists of four main characters, it’s odd to say that all of them were good, but that’s just the truth. On a personal note, I just love those movies where our characters are forced into one building and then attacked by some creepy monster. Here, the monster is not some CGI atrocity, but a “real” thing, done mostly with practical effects giving it this old school look, reminiscent of The Thing. Finally, I am sincerely hoping that this wobbly camera thing will fade away in the next few years. I think this started with The Blair Witch Project, but whenever it was, it was enough. Here, the movements are not that erratic, so you can actually focus on what’s going on on the screen, but the wobble is still noticeable.

Director: Toby Wilkins

Cast: Shea Whigham,  Paulo Costanzo, Jill Wagner, Rachel Kerbs

Fun Stuff: One more of the gas station/convenient store defenders movie. Very little usage of CGI.


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1031280/

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