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

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When their plans for a nature trip go awry, Polly Watt (Jill Wagner) and boyfriend Seth Belzer (Paulo Costanzo) decide to check into a motel. On their way, they're carjacked and kidnapped by low-rent crooks Dennis Farell (Shea Whigham) and Lacey Belisle (Rachel Krebs), who take the victims and their SUV to a nearby gas station. Along the way, they encounter an increasingly terrifying horde of parasites, and if any of them intend to survive, they'll have to outsmart the deadly organisms.

Cast & Crew

Rachel Krebs
Lacey
Laurel Whitsett
Sheriff Frankel
Charles Baker
Blake Sherman Jr.
Kai Barry
Screenwriter
Ian Shorr
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Kai Barry
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Nelson Cragg
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Jennifer Spence
Production Design
David Michael Maurer
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Chad Burris
Executive Producer
Jamie Carmichael
Executive Producer
Graham Begg
Executive Producer
Todd Wagner
Executive Producer
Thomas Spence
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Elia Cmiral
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Critic Reviews for Splinter

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  • Apr 11, 2015
    More weird than scary, the claustrophobic Splinter works well on a few levels like the extremely efficient, slow pace and effective performances, unfortunately it just isn't that scary. An intriguing story makes way for an unfortunate unravelling of a seemingly tightly-sewn plot.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2013
    Splinter is a great film, not only that it's got superb CGI, it also carried out a dynamic of interactions between the characters. It did not waste a single minute on developing the characters, they are what you see and remain the same throughout. The reactions of the characters were realistic, you really hate them, all of them. The fact that you know one of them is already infected keeps you at the edge of your seat. The random scares worked effectively, it's a superb horror film, a must see. (The ending was disappointing though)
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2013
    Pretty solid horror movie. I wish more was explained about the creature-where it came from, why it suddenly started attacking people, etc., but at least a lot of its biological drives are explained, which is better than nothing.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2013
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] 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.
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