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Splinter (2008)

Paulo Costanzo , Shea Whigham , Toby Wilkins  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Paulo Costanzo, Shea Whigham, Jill Wagner, Charles Baker
  • Directors: Toby Wilkins
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001J4E19C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,507 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Splinter" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary with Director and Cast
  • Commentary with Director and Crew
  • The Splinter Creature
  • Creature Concept Art Gallery
  • How to Make a Splinter Pumpkin
  • Shooting Digitally
  • Building the Gas Station
  • Oklahoma Weather
  • The Wizard
  • HDNet: A Look at Splinter

Editorial Reviews

A young couple retreats to the wilderness for a romantic camping weekend, but the trip quickly spirals into a nightmare when they are carjacked by an escaped convict and his girlfriend. Thrown together by chance, no one can imagine the
terrifying horror that awaits the two couples at a remote and isolated gas station.

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Splinter" Is a Taut Indie That May Get Under Your Skin November 4, 2008
Admittedly, my expectations when it comes to modern independent horror are pretty limited. For the most part, films go for cheese and splatter with loads of lame humor. I called these films lazy in a recent review, as they trade genuine suspense for a quick chuckle every time. Making an intentionally bad movie must be much easier than attempting something that genuinely draws the audience in. So when I checked out Toby Wilkins' "Splinter" on a lark, I was pleasantly surprised. "Splinter" is a taut, fast-paced and nasty little thriller that works as solid entertainment.

A jolty, kinetic little creature feature--the tone and pacing of "Splinter" recalls other (perhaps more sophisticated films) with its quick and jagged editing, but it works well here. The creature in question is a spiky parasite that kills its prey and then uses the bodies to maneuver around in a grisly spectacle of attack. It's an interesting and unsettling visual to see the carcasses bent, broken, altered, and taken over. The violence and settings are played for "real," with characters you come to know and respect. That, to me, was the real selling point of "Splinter." It set up character types at the beginning, but through nice performances and an attention to dialogue in the script--these individuals break through as real protagonists that you want to see succeed.

This genuine respect for the characters (and thankfully, they're not just idiots) is what brings the suspense to life. The film is short, brutal, sometimes unexpected and it works brilliantly on its own terms. In a world where independent horror can be painful--I felt that this little film was a nice diversion. I may not remember the film several months down the line, but I enjoyed the nasty ride now. With reasonable expectations, "Splinter" just might surprise you too. KGHarris, 11/08.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING BLOODY HORROR GORE FEST! October 29, 2008
I was able to check this out as a sneak peak in my own home tonight and I will say 'Splinter' is a pretty solid interesting horror film! The film is a cross breed with touches of The Thing(remake), The Blob and 28 days! Gorehounds will like this film as it pulls no punches when it comes to graphic deaths and dismemberment, but the story will keep old fashioned horror fans interested too!

The film is short and fast paced, but the characters are fairly believable and you care about important to any horror film! The film begins with an attack on a gas station attendant by an unknown "critter" with a lot of spikes(or "Splinters"..if you will)sticking out of it. I don't usually like to tell a whole lot about a film and prefer to let the viewer see things unfold on their own. The best part of the movie is finding out what these critters are or who?! I don't know if you want to spend your money seeing this in the theater as it is only around an hour and 15 minutes long, but I know I will be looking to buy this film when it becomes available on DVD.....when the price in right! ;-b
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly delightful film March 21, 2009
I seldom expect much from an indie horror movie so I'm not usually disappointed when it turns out to be so bad it's bad. "Splinter" is one of those very rare exceptions: a good story and even better script, good direction, and excellent acting by people I had never heard of. Shea Wigham is the real standout, as the escaped con with some real humanity and courage. You will actually care about these characters, and what this parasite does to its victims is genuinely horrifying. Too bad it's so short, but until the DVD comes out, I'm settling for watching it on the Sci-Fi Channel every time it runs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splinter (Blu-Ray) thoughts August 24, 2009
This movie deserves any praise it gets and certainly deserves more recognition than it has received. The characters are well developed and you find yourself actually giving a damn about them which is a rare thing for movies these days let alone horror movies which are usually just blood and guts torture porn with little plot other than the blood splattering the camera lens. The monster was very well done especially considering the budget this movie had to work with which just goes to show that sometimes a little creativity and imagination can meet and even surpass those films with much higher budgets to work with. Also, when it comes to the victims of the monster in this movie the effects were bone chilling.. or actually.. bone snapping and brutal and again surpassed expectations considering the budget. This film is a must have for any fan of horror as so much of it was just done right.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A scary 4 star film, a 5 star Blu April 10, 2009
Usually do not get to horror that often, but this title was given such a miserable release slate, no one got to see it around here. But Magnet titles are almost a must see for customers now (Let the Right One In and Timecrimes especially) and once again they provided a nice little (and overlooked) independent.

A simple enough story of good and bad souls unwittingly brought together in a remote region, then subjected to some nasty creatures while taking refuge in a gas station. There are the flurry of moments where the characters drivel on and plan dumb things, but Shea Wigham (from all the way back in Tigerland) has a great screen presence and really holds this together. A few guys asking about this new hot gal (most recognized from the Blade series) in Jill Wagner, who manages not to be the irritating-useless-screaming victim. Jittery cameras, fun looking critters/zombies (very reminiscent of the Thing creatures) , and plenty of blood to go around make this a fun title.

The picture and sound were great. The 5.1 DTS gets used mostly when the critters do their little cricket sounds. The picture clarity was outstanding for an independent film and came across superbly for Blu. There were lots of chances for this to go bad with all of the moving spikes/spines and night footage, but they did well. There were plenty of prop flubs and unanswered questions but once you watch the plethora of short supplements, one realizes what a challenge it can be to make a film like this. The featurettes include material on the special effects, creatures, weather, props, and even a how to on making a Splinter pumpkin (courtesy of the extrovert Ms. Wagner).

A worthwhile purchase for the creature fans out there, and the lower list price doesn't hurt either.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than most indie horror/zombie
Good acting, interesting effects especially on what must have been zero budget, cinematography and lighting much better than most. Claustrophobic atmosphere helps with the tension. Read more
Published 7 days ago by essmac
4.0 out of 5 stars great film for the genre.
This movies is quite suspenseful, well acted, written and directed. I recommend it for any fans of the horror genre
Published 15 days ago by Gene Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much bad language.
Too much fowl language. Why do people have to hear and talk that way for the movie to be good?It ruined the whole movie.
Published 1 month ago by Timothy Nastally
5.0 out of 5 stars splinter
very good horror film...acting not too bad...good scares...anyone who likes horror would like this film....have seen it several times and have enjoyed everytime..
Published 1 month ago by susan tyre
4.0 out of 5 stars This one gave me chills
I enjoyed this movie because of the mix of suspense and horror it provided for me. It starts out with a young couple driving along a country road at night when they get a flat... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dennis007
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't hate it didn't love it
If you are looking for a movie to kill some time with...this could be it. The premise is interesting enough but to be honest I could not get behind and root for any of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Russell S
4.0 out of 5 stars Good contemporary thriller
I saw this when it first came out and later couldn't remember the title of it. I found it here and watched it again.
Published 2 months ago by C. B Reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars mmust see
for anyone who loves horror this is a truly unique film for small budget and well worth it anyone wants to have good evening definitely check it out
Published 2 months ago by robert beavers
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Though its budget might not have been great it is still very much worth watching for the horror movie buffs. great story and graphics.
Published 3 months ago by Robert Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing as scary as a convenience store at night.
Know I know why. I actually took this movie to the corner store and gave it to the clerk after I watched it. Unforgettable.
Published 3 months ago by Tried and True
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does this dvd has subtitles? Help, i'm deaf.
According to the "Product Details" section of the Splinter Blu-Ray blurb page: the disc is closed-captioned: "Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen; Language:... Read more
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