Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Splinter or I've Got You Under My Skin

Splinter 2008
Director: Toby Wilkins
Writers: Kai Berry and Ian Shon
Starring Jill Wagner, Paulo Costanzo, Shea Whigham and Rachel Kerbs

It seems to be very hard in the horror genre to ever come up with something no one has seen before. in this world of remakes, sequels and reimaginings its always refreshing to see something you have never seen before. Splinter is one of those things.. It takes a basic horror setup and takes it in a completely different road than what you would expect. It starts off to be what seems like a hostage film and quickly turns 360 degrees and becomes a damn creepy monster movie.
The plots basis is this Seth (Costanza) and Polly (Wagner) are a couple that are celebrating their anniversary by camping but there is a snafu where there tent gets screwed up and they pack it up and head to find a motel. Then you meet 2 more characters Dennis (Whigham) and Lacey (Kerbs), their car breaks down and you soon discover they are fugitives on the run and are headed to Mexico. They walk on down the road and flag down Seth and Polly and take them hostage and have them drive. Not long after they get a flat and change it but find these strange splinters in the tire and they come across a ravished animal that comes to life, they then jump back in the car and stop at a gas station where they hole up when it seems like they are being attacked by mutilated humans but it is something far more savage and sinister.
This was a fun as fuck film. The direction was very Claustrophobic and creepy. The story gave you just enough to get the story going. The acting was great especially Wagner and Whigham. Wagner was very sexy and very capable while whigham brought a great depth to the villian role which reminded me a lot of Napoleon in Assault in Precinct 13. The gore in the film was phenomenal. especially loved the arm amputating scene. This was a nice change of pace from the remakes and sequels, which I still enjoy it is just refreshing to see something fresh.

This one gets 4 splinters out of 5

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