Monday, 9 January 2012

Horror Review: Splinter (2008)

Trapped in an isolated gas station by a voracious Splinter parasite that transforms its still living victims into deadly hosts, a young couple and an escaped convict must find a way to work together to survive this primal terror.

The first time I heard about this film was from a friend of mine, they told me "Don't watch it". Well you can't form an opinion on a film unless you watch it yourself and the amount of times somebody has told me a film is bad and I enjoyed it outnumber the times they were right so I watched it................and I'm happy to say I'm glad I did.

One location films are something I really enjoy, but only when done right, this creepy film didn't disappoint. the atmosphere it creates is tense and you can feel your muscles tightening up as the film goes on, you truly feel the fear of the characters.

Toby Wilkins did a great job for his full length debut, his film history before this was just short films. The film is also helped by the cast, they perform like their careers depend on it and they grasp the characters persona's like it was their own, making it more believable, like acting should be done.

As for the 'splinter' monster, a great idea on paper maybe but not done effectively enough for my taste. It's clearly a practical effect that's been touched up too much with C.G.I. But not to the point where it ruins the film thankfully. It's easy enough to look past it though, only thanks to the actors and very well done production. 

The execution of the film is just amazing, mixing elements of terror, panic, comedy and monster elements it's no easy feat to achieve but this film just makes it look so easy to do. The mixture of characters is great and you find your attention is fully focused on the film without getting bored. Something that is sadly rare with a-lot of today's films.

If you haven't seen this film then I fully recommend you do, it only got a limited theatrical release which is a shame. If this had enough backing I feel it could have been a big hit.

To see the trailer for "Splinter" click here

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