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Splinter (2008)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 10

Never taking itself too seriously, Splinter scores as a fast-paced, fun thriller with more than enough scares.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 3

Never taking itself too seriously, Splinter scores as a fast-paced, fun thriller with more than enough scares.



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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


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Ian Shorr, Kai Barry

Jan 27, 2009

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (10) | DVD (3)

This is a terrifying film.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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It's good, it's just nothing really groundbreaking or special.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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[Director] Wilkins understands that what we don't see is often more unsettling than what we do. But he also throws in plenty of well-earned gore, making this an ideal option if you're looking for a few new Halloween scares.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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There have been worse horror flicks, but although this one offers a few scares, it doesn't have a lot of imagination.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comment (1)
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The movie's awash in blood, sure, but it has more brains on hand than just the ones dripping down the wall.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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It's short, taut, nicely shot, well-acted, astutely directed, specific where it might have been generic, original enough to be engrossing and derivative enough to be amusing.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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A very efficient and effective (for its budget) zombie-infection-sci-fi-thriller

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: ESplatter

Everything you expect to happen, does - but it isn't satisfying.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source:

deliver[s] plenty of bang from the filmmaker's limited bucks - but Splinter's greatest strengths, rare for the genre, are its solid characterisation, witty dialogue and charismatic performances.

March 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

If you can get beyond one basic narrative flaw, and a low budget dynamic which provides limited looks at our Bottin-inspired fiends, Splinter will come as a wonderful little fright flick surprise.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Four people. One Kwik-E-Mart style shop. One crazed creature. Splinter proves that's all you need for a chilling horror movie.

November 8, 2008 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

Fans hoping for a substantial work are left with no real statement or vision, while horror aficionados have already seen this film a dozen times before.

November 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

This slightly elevated generic effort is still essentially what they mean by disposable entertainment.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

a nifty example of the horror-movie as thrill ride

October 30, 2008 Full Review Source:

This is one tedious horror film.

October 30, 2008 Full Review Source:

The ingredients are all there: a small, virtually unknown cast, a remote location, a nasty critter -- but the seasoning is all off.

October 30, 2008 Full Review Source: E! Online | Comments (2)
E! Online

The film lacks that spark of originality or humor or thematic resonance that might have elevated it from forgettable genre time-passer to something more lasting.

October 30, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Splinter is about a scary as a tussle between four vacationers and a small porcupine.

October 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Audience Reviews for Splinter


It comes to me as a surprise that the filmmaker behind this wonderful B movie is the director of the dull and depressing in the wrong way "Grudge 3". Because Splinter's postmodern grindhouse, monster movie throwback conventions construct one of the best of the retro horror flick throwbacks we've grown accustomed to. To describe the plot without laughter would be an impossible task, but watching the film is a completely different story. The brilliantly shaky camerawork fits the downright insanity of how the film plays out, even if at times it is used too often. However what made Splinter work for me was the creature, though silly when you think about to tell the truth it is actually quite intimidating. I am certain this is destined to become a cult favourite, and it has already caught a huge fan. The CGI for the most part is convincing, mixed with the 80's style prosthetic the design is pulled of perfectly to make a creature that had the potential to make "Cabin Fever" a whole lot more interesting. The acting is also surprisingly decent, and the soundtrack is blood pumping and incredibly fitting. As with most of todays horror films the cinematography is a stylish visual delight. Despite all of it's credit audiences may be turned off by the deadpan preposterous of this scroungy no nonsense disease/infection horror. I however eagerly anticipate the things director Toby Wilkins will have to offer us in the near future. Easily one of the most entertaining horror films i've seen in a while.
March 27, 2013
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Intimate little horror film that happens mainly at a out-of-the-way gas station. A foursome is stranded ... and the station open, yet unattended. For its size surprisingly effective with plenty of tension.
May 13, 2012

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Splinter is one awesome horror film. Original, inventive, scary and fun, Splinter captures the essence of what used to make Horror such a great genre of film. Director Toby Wilkins has created quite possibly a future classic of Horror. Some people say that this film lacks a back story, however maybe this will be explored in a sequel? Who knows? It's true that the story leaves a few questions unanswered, but usually the questions are answered with a sequel. Toby Wilkins's Splinter is one blood soaked good time. For an Indie Horror film, the acting and story are overall excellent. Also worth mentioning is the incredible effects used in the film. The filmmakers did not use any CGI effects, these were all old school style effects, almost in the style of Rob Bottin, Tom Savini and other great Special effects artists. I thought it was a great touch to the film, and it was very impressive to see on screen. If Toby Wilkins keeps this up, he can become one of the few talented directors who can actually reinvent Horror, and maybe bring it back to it's former glory. Splinter is so good that you can forgive Toby Wilkins for making The Grudge 3. Though not a groundbreaking film in the genre, Splinter does something that is much needed in the genre, and thats making the Horror genre fun again for the Horror fans. Despite it's flaws, you can overlook them because Splinter is a well crafted film with a good enough cast and terrific special effects. The formula for this type of film has been done before, sure; but we can ignore it because Splinter definitely delivers on everything it promises. A fine horror film, Splinter is definitely a step above all those generic Hollywood remakes that don't bring us anything new, except for bad teen actors trying to make it big. Consider this film as an alternative to remakes, you'll have a bloody, gory good time.
October 17, 2010
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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An alright horror with decen acting for this type of genre which is nice to see!
Although an alright movie its not scary at all but it does keep you interested enough to watch it till the end however not to sure you'd watch this movie again though!!
I like how its explained and it doesnt look fake at all either which is surprising!!
May 21, 2010
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