Splinter

Critics Consensus

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

74%

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Total Count: 35

49%

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User Ratings: 13,184
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A young couple retreats to the wilderness for a romantic camping weekend, but their idyll is shattered when they are car-jacked by an escaped convict and his girlfriend on the run from the police. As the foursome travel the back roads together, each plotting their next move, they find themselves in deeper trouble than any of them could have imagined--a blood-crazed, parasitic creature that absorbs the corpses of its victims has laid claim to the woods, and the two couples are now in its sights. Finding shelter at an abandoned gas station, they must use their wits and every weapon at their disposal to stave off the onslaught, not only from the insatiable creature, but also each other.

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Critic Reviews for Splinter

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (18)

  • This is a terrifying film.

    Nov 10, 2008
  • It's good, it's just nothing really groundbreaking or special.

    Nov 10, 2008 | Full Review…
  • [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.

    Oct 31, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There have been worse horror flicks, but although this one offers a few scares, it doesn't have a lot of imagination.

    Oct 31, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie's awash in blood, sure, but it has more brains on hand than just the ones dripping down the wall.

    Oct 31, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 31, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Splinter

  • 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.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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