Judge David Johnson makes a lot of good points in this review.
Our review of Splinter (Blu-Ray), published April 24th, 2009, is also available.
Three people, an abandoned gas station and a spiny little bastard and BINGO! you've got the makings for a kick-ass little creature feature.
Facts of the Case
A 20-something couple goes out for a camping trip and along the way they run into a criminal fugitive and his deranged girlfriend. So we're talking hostage situation until they end up in an isolated gas station overrun by a murderous organism and now we're talking murderous organism situation.
Here's the deal: this thing, which takes the form of a splintery substance, infects human and animal hosts and forces the bodies to move around looking for other life forms to inhabit and eat. The survivors are going to have to find out the beast's weakness before they get their candy asses splintered to death.
This movie kind of rocks. In a world that is swimming with all manner of horror film, it takes a lot to get yourself differentiated from the crop, but director Toby Wilkins has succeeded in putting together a bad-ass, memorable monster movie. If you possess even the smallest inclination towards screaming and blood and unstoppable forces of nature and more screaming and blood, then I urge you in no uncertain terms to track down Splinter.
Pretty much everything works, and I don't say that often. The atmosphere, the characters, the effects and, most importantly, the monster, it all comes together exceedingly well. As you will see…now!
The DVD is robust, featuring an excellent 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and an aggressive 5.1 Dolby Digital surround mix. Lots of extras, too: two commentaries with Wilkins and the cast and crew, featurettes on the effects, the creature, set design, the locale, shooting digitally and the pyrotechnics, an HDNet behind-the-scenes documentary and a concept art gallery.
Splinter is hugely entertaining, blood-soaked, and contains an amputation by utility knife. Beat that.
Not guilty, though the bench was a tad disappointed this wasn't the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles spin-off we were hoping for.
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Studio: Magnolia Pictures
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