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6 November 2008 12:00 PM, PST | | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Release Date: Oct. 31

Director: Toby Wilkins

Writer:  Kai Barry, Ian Shorr, and Toby Wilkins

Cinematographer: Nelson Cragg

Starring: Shea Whigham, Paolo Costanzo, and Jill Wagner

Studio/Run Time: 
Magnet Releasing, 82 mins.

Splinter begins with a strong, though bordering on cliché, hook. Two (naturally, young) people driving from a campsite spot a woman in the road and are soon carjacked by her hick cohort. When forced to drive away, they hit and kill something monstrous in the road, quickly combining both the “something’s in the woods” theme with the less politically correct but frequently more frightening “rednecks are serial killers” concept. From here, though, the film becomes less interesting, as the cast ends up locked into a gas station, fighting to escape the monster. »

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Review of Toby Wilkin's creature feature Splinter

8 October 2008 12:25 PM, PDT | | See recent QuietEarth news »

Year: 2008

Release date: October 31st (limited theatrical)

Director: Toby Wilkins

Writers: Toby Wilkins & Kai Barry & Ian Shorr

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Trailer: link

Review by: quietearth

Rating: 7 out of 10

While Splinter may be very formulaic and adds nothing new to the horror canon, I can happily tell you that it is a great little horror film. But herein lies a problem, there's not much I can say without giving the film away. It has a slow start, all superficial setup, and jumps into the action straight away. From there it crescendos to a literal bang right at the end, so let me tell you what I can.

The story starts with Polly who's a tomboy and her ineffectual boyfriend Seth attempting to camp for their anniversary. The tent breaks as they're trying to set it up, so they decide to go in search of a motel. We're already in the middle of »

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