Thursday, November 1, 2012

Splinter (2008)

Fear 4/5
Gore 5/5
Entertainment 5/5
Creepiness 4/5

Without a doubt, Splinter is one of the best creature feature flicks I've ever seen. And dare I say it's also one of the most underrated horror flicks of the past decade? Yes siree kiddos. If you haven't seen this one already, get on it ASAP.

A pair of couples, both total polar opposites, come upon each other while out in the woods. One of the couples is on the run from the law and they need to get the hell out of Dodge. They hold the other up at gunpoint and commandeer their ride. The other couple, a gorgeous gal and her tree hugging scientist husband, have no other choice but to go along. However, things get a little side tracked when they encounter car trouble and have to stop at a roadside gas station. As you can imagine, things are about to get a whole lot worse for the four of them.

OK kids, the plot is really not all that involving from here on out: they hole themselves up in the gas station, something outside is trying to get them, the local po po tries to intervene they get waxed (or should I say infected), some of them make it out and some of them don't. The End.

BUT, all of that is done with a lot of gusto and with some really incredible practical effects. VIVA LOS EFECTOS DE PRACTICO!! It's a full on gorefest as this organism, well, splinters off and infects it's host. It's very reminiscent in fact of The Thing minus all of the snow and amazing beards.

Good God this was a lot of fun. I want a sequel!

Cortez the Killer


Christine Hadden said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this one too! Rented it from Netflix and loved it so much I bought it from Amazon the next day.

It's SO effective and fun, time just flew by when I watched it - I was sad to see it end.
And I say hell to the yes to those practical effects! I was pretty psyched to NOT see any CGI. Such a rarity in horror these days.

And yes, I too demand a sequel!

Ivan said...

Yep, Splintered was a blast--and there IS a distinct joy of seeing practical effects in motion, knowing that a crew had spend an afternoon or evening to bust its chops to get it right (as opposed to letting a keyboard-jockey tweak it in post).
It's totally the type of flick that used to be shown in drive-ins and grindhouses, and then would have a long life on the Late Show. (I also think that Splintered, had it been cut to an hour would have made an *excellent* episode of The Outer Limits)
Lerner International

Planet of Terror said...

@Christine, I feel compelled to add it to my collection as well. And darn indeedy I will! I hope it's on BluRay. I found the filmmaker on Twitter and apparently he has another horror venture up his sleeve. Needless to say I'll be keeping tabs on him.

@Ivan, no doubt folks were hard at work bringing this nightmare to life. The amount of detail involved was simply incredible.

Interesting take. I think it could make a great Outer Limits episode as well. Or even be featured in a horror anthology type of film.

MarkusWelby1 said...

I enjoyed this one as well as I never tire of the people trapped in desolate location vibe that its got. And death by prickle barbs.....just ugh!

Emily said...

Agreed all around! The effects are fantastic, but the writing and acting are equally good. Shea Whigam has gone on to have a fine career, and he's a great antihero here. I also really enjoy the dynamic between the main couple. The little touches (she being the outdoorsy type and all) are done so subtly to make these characters all seem real and that much more interesting.