Splinter, A Movie Review

by on December 16, 2009

in Entertainment, movie reviews

In early February of 2009, the Indie film Splinter aired on what was then called The Sci-Fi Channel. (Now Syfy). The movie was a well written piece of “victims trapped in horror” and it did not disappoint me. Beware though, if you hate tricky, jumpy camera work… you might have issues. But otherwise I was riveted with plot building tension and anxiety.

Splinter (2009) stars Paulo Costanzo (Royal Pains, Joey), Jill Wagner (ABC’s Wipeout, Stargate Atlantis, Blade: The Series), Shea Whigham (Fast & Furious, The Killing Room) and Rachel Kerbs and the events that unfold take place in an isolated gas station where our four unfortunate stars confront a creepy parasite.

We find ourselves watching 2 couples who are forced together via circumstances. One couple are great kids out on their anniversary vacation and the other pair are rather questionable in character as they appear to be on the lamb from the law.

I dont want to spoil it for anyone but the story is compelling. Even though the situations are focused mostly on our 4 actors, that helps focus our attention on them. I also found that even though it was a tightly focused story, the characters brought their backgrounds to the plot nicely, adding to the events at stake… that being their survival.

The only downfall for me was the effect they played on the camera every time the creature showed up. It was actually rather annoying. I’d rather the creature skitter about in the shadows than have the camera rocked around.

The important stuff!

We get plenty of well-worn tank-top action for the male viewers (Jill Wagner is just hot!) and I suspect the bad boy will pass muster with any female viewers.

If you get a chance, check it out. I think you’ll enjoy this little piece of horror work.

I honestly might have given this movie a 9 for what it was, but the jerky monster camera forced my hand into a typo of sorts…

Splinter: I’m looking at an 8 out of 10 for me. No, not a literary 8 out of 10. A fun film to be had kind of 8.

To be fair, I should let you know that over on IMDB, after 5,400 + votes, it sits at a 6 out of 10. (Hmm… I don’t remember drinking while watching this?)

Splinter on Amazon

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