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  • Summary: 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 findA 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. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. A nifty horror movie that doesn't claim to be anything other than a zippy exercise in creature-feature entertainment.
  2. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    80
    Buoyed by solid ensemble work, some yuckily effective special effects, and a script that subverts genre convention by having its characters do smart things instead of stupid ones (mostly), Splinter earns our respect while delivering 82 minutes of lean, mean fun.
  3. The result, however clich├ęd, is spectacularly unnerving: hair-trigger horror.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    60
    A fan of flash-edited, orientation-challenged, hand-held camera mayhem, Wilkins unfortunately takes the wrong cue from his title and fragments the movie's attack scenes for maximum energy but minimal logical effect.
  5. If "Saw V" offers an example of how little filmmakers can get away with, Splinter proves how much a director can do with next to nothing.
  6. 58
    There's potential for a lot more excitement in Splinter, but Wilkins seems content just to bring it across the finish line.
  7. 30
    You come away from Splinter feeling it would have made a far more effective short than the feature-length drag it is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Feb 15, 2013
    10
    A badass flick right here. It definitely leaves the generic scary movies in the dust. Fantastic writing, fantastic plot, fantastic acting. TheA badass flick right here. It definitely leaves the generic scary movies in the dust. Fantastic writing, fantastic plot, fantastic acting. The best scary movie I've seen coming from this generation. Expand
  2. MichaelG
    Jul 17, 2009
    10
    of the recent horror movies to come out on dvd this year, this is really good horror film...amongst the vast sea of awful horror movies, this of the recent horror movies to come out on dvd this year, this is really good horror film...amongst the vast sea of awful horror movies, this one stands out. its got a interesting "monster" , cool special effects (reminds people what you can actually accomplish without CGI) and characters relatable enough that you can care what happens to them. Expand
  3. Jul 23, 2012
    8
    I don't understand, with the plethora of cheesy, bad acted, horribly directed horror films that have come out recently, why films such as thisI don't understand, with the plethora of cheesy, bad acted, horribly directed horror films that have come out recently, why films such as this do not get their deserved respect. Many complaints I have heard about this movie are pretty petty, considering the achievements the director and actors have made, with an obviously lower than blockbuster budget. I am a die-hard fan of old horror and sci-fi, and miss the days when directors could set a mood, a feeling of dread, without resorting to jump in your face scare tactics and relying on special effects to compensate for a sub-par plot and acting. Although this movie DOES have some jump in your face moments, and has the monster on display, quite a bit in my opinion, it also leaves much to the imagination, which can be a lot creepier in my opinion. It doesn't upset me at all that the monster is not just thrust in your face the entire movie. This director, and actors both did an excellent job of building their characters, and making me care for them, unlike so many other horror flicks. Give credit where credit is due, and learn to appreciate these little gems, when they do pop up. Definitely worth a watch if you're into a good horror flick, with surprisingly good acting to boot! Expand
  4. JayH
    Apr 5, 2009
    7
    Surprisingly suspenseful, the director skillfully keeps from going over the top. The dialogue is fresh and convincing, as is the acting. Good Surprisingly suspenseful, the director skillfully keeps from going over the top. The dialogue is fresh and convincing, as is the acting. Good score. Fine special effects. Sometimes the camerawork is a bit annoying, but overall a great effort. Expand
  5. ChrisK
    Apr 25, 2009
    7
    Pretty Decent Scary Movie, Not a bit cheezy and very original. Don't pass us this non mainstream movie.
  6. [Anonymous]
    Apr 25, 2009
    5
    I'm not giving this an average score for brown blood, although there was some present. this movie just wasn't that good. it I'm not giving this an average score for brown blood, although there was some present. this movie just wasn't that good. it wasn't bad either. although the monster was original (if you discount "the thing"), it didn't get the proper respect. it left me wanting more monster, as the choppy editing only allowed you to see flashes, bits, and pieces. i had great expectations from the same house (magnet) that brought out "let the right one in". Expand
  7. Jun 25, 2013
    2
    "B" movie all the way, with a low budget. If you want to see a cheesy infection/zombie movie with rather bad acting, unbelievable characters,"B" movie all the way, with a low budget. If you want to see a cheesy infection/zombie movie with rather bad acting, unbelievable characters, not much suspense: do watch this. If you want to watch a quality movie watch something else. I do no understand the good reviews, some kind of double standard is applied to these low budget, indie-horrors, but this does not make it a good movie in reality. Honestly you will not see anything new here. Expand

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