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.
A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist, embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle where something evil lives among the ruins.
While camping in the woods, Polly Watt and her clumsy boyfriend Seth Belzer damage their tent. They decide to spend the night in a low-budget motel. Meanwhile the criminals, Lacey Belisle and Dennis Farell, have trouble with their runaway car while heading to Platt and they walk on the lonely road. When Polly passes by Lacey, she stops the car and the couple is rendered by Dennis. However, Polly hits something in the road and while replacing the tire, they are attacked by a weird splinter. The car overheats and they stop in a gas station, where they are trapped by zombies, victims of the splinter parasite.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dennis Farell: (repeated line) "Firecracker." See more »
The truck which Polly is driving in the early scenes, and which remains parked outside the service station for the remainder of the film, is either a '94 or '95 Toyota 4Runner. However, in the final scenes when the gas station goes up in flames, the 4Runner is replaced with a mid-eighties Isuzu Trooper. See more »
[after watching the parasite tear a police officer apart]
It ah... it took half of her.
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Splinter attempts to claim some kind of genre authenticity specifically because they couldn't get together a decent budget or conceive of anything outside well worn horror archetypes. I intend for this review to be a warning of the movie's poor quality, so I'm just going to cut to the chase and lay down some bullet points.
The plot borrows heavily from John Carpenter's The Thing. Nothing wrong with having influences (especially when you're stealing from the best) but the other ideas in this are so weak and lacking that I frequently wondered why someone would bother to write a script if all they can achieve is to copy the key ideas of a better one and then try to b.s their way through the rest of it.
I feel as if I should be saying 'the budget is so low, it's practically set at a gas station'. But no. The movie is actually set at a gas station. Which gives you some idea of how narrow the story's scope is.
Infective monster splinters sounds like an excuse for some neat fx make-up but the actual results are pretty pathetic, looking pretty much like whatever generic zombie effect you care to imagine but with a few spines thrown in.
I wasn't expecting much but even so, the quality of the acting isn't far about porn and the stillborn attempts at tension and drama were stillborn.
As if all this wasn't bad enough the quality of the film is really low, it has this nasty yellow-ish hue to it that makes everything look even cheaper.
In summary I hated it. It's entirely possible that Splinter was made for horror b-movie horror enthusiasts who are going to revel in all of the elements that I've listed, but honestly can't think of a single positive thing to say about it.
Not long after seeing this I watched a Korean horror called G.P. 506 which also revolved around an infective virus that overcomes its hosts. It wasn't a masterpiece by any means but it had just enough spark and innovation to make the concept work. Not that much, but enough.
G.P 506 left me feeling that I'd seen something more interesting than it probably had any right to be considered. Splinter left me feeling as if I had wasted 90 minutes of my life. Both were flawed, but one made an effort which put it head and shoulders above the other.
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