A very efficient and effective (for its budget) zombie-infection-sci-fi-thriller
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Everything you expect to happen, does - but it isn't satisfying.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
This is a terrifying film.
It's good, it's just nothing really groundbreaking or special.
Four people. One Kwik-E-Mart style shop. One crazed creature. Splinter proves that's all you need for a chilling horror movie.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 43/100
This slightly elevated generic effort is still essentially what they mean by disposable entertainment.
[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.
| Original Score: 3/5
There have been worse horror flicks, but although this one offers a few scares, it doesn't have a lot of imagination.
| Original Score: 2/4
The movie's awash in blood, sure, but it has more brains on hand than just the ones dripping down the wall.
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.
With Splinter, the director Toby Wilkins honors the conventions of the horror genre with skill and enough wit to keep the scares sharp.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
a nifty example of the horror-movie as thrill ride
| Original Score: 4/5
This is one tedious horror film.
| Original Score: 2/5
This is classic Halloween fun, with plenty of thrills and chills, surprisingly believable performances, and healthy doses of humor.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The ingredients are all there: a small, virtually unknown cast, a remote location, a nasty critter -- but the seasoning is all off.
| Original Score: C-
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.
| Original Score: C+
Splinter is about a scary as a tussle between four vacationers and a small porcupine.
| Original Score: D