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Splinter - Horror Movie Review

Updated on July 8, 2011

The Horror Film Splinter Reviewed

Just watched this film recently and thought it was great and rather gory too...excellent!

Now this film follows all the modern cliches of infected viruses and such, but it puts a great and unique spin on the splinter creature, as they look twisted and horrible looking things when people get infected.

Now the story starts and begins at a gas station were a gas employee bored out of his head eats a packet of crisps and you just know somethings going to happen to him and in true horror film style he has been bitten and infected by this splinter thing creature, which at this point, you hardly know anything about the creatures appearance, as it was an infected dog of some kind, suspiciously called Ginger.

Then the characters are introduced and quite refreshingly there are limited cast members as that would make it totally cliche to try and guess who was going to get killed all the way through the film and so there's a couple who are just going camping for the weekend, but the bloke couldn't get it up(er...the tent!) so they go in search of a motel, but are then flagged down by another couple who are on the run from the law and they hijack their car and take them hostage.

Along the way they run over Ginger(The infected mutt!) and stop to change a tyre, there's the usual stares at the infected dog saying "what is it?" and all that stuff and then they eventually arrive at the gas station were they are attacked by the gas man('s a gas!) and so they end up trapped in the shop in the gas station, trying to fend off this horrible beasty.

There are some very good moments of genuine horror here and one most notable when this guys arm becomes infected and his fingers and elbow snaps and contorts like some kind of happy contortionist at a circus and the two other survivors have to cut off his arm...nice!

The creature effects are really unique and a step up from that 80's classic The Thing, as the black splinter like spikes you just simple don't want to go near them and the movies director makes you have that fear.

But what horror film would be complete without a dopey police officer, there's like rotten looking blood all over the door of the gas station shop and the others telling her it's not safe outside, but will she listen? no...oh well bye bye stupid copper!

I liked the ending, because it makes a change from all the doom and gloom of other horror films that just want to scare the audience and leave them depressed with a mediocre finish and the main characters went through a change which was nice to see, like the nerdy guy becomes a hero and the on the run fugitive who starts off being a total dick becomes a hero too.

All in all this was a fun horror film that racked up some tension along the way and the best thing about it was my Mrs don't like horror films so I got over an hour and a half bit of time away from her...bonus!

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Horror Film Splinter Review

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    • Anny Silva profile image

      Anny Silva 

      6 years ago from United States

      I liked Splinter too. The actors did their job well, the effects were good, and the story was interesting. A psycho-killer mold, truly unique! I recommend it.

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yeah I liked this one very much...

    • Mavrek's Mayhem profile image

      Mavrek's Mayhem 

      9 years ago

      Have been on the fence about this one. Glad to finally hear something about it.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Tis good, with the twisted creature and bone snapping sound effects!

    • jellydonut25 profile image


      9 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      need to see this one...

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      It's a good movie and a nice addition to the horror genre!!

      Will check out your hub soon !

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      Snake Eyes 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Great hub i'll have to check that movie out when i get a chance feel free to check out mine at and let me know what you think.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yes I liked the story too of this recent horror gem, there's definitely character development going on here ad it's nice to see that in a film these days! cheers for the comment jycmba!

    • jycmba profile image


      9 years ago from Los Angeles CA

      Yes, thought this film had some cliches but still managed to bring some refreshing surprises. I also agree that each of the guys making a hero's journey brought a nice finish than typical horror without being too much of a Hollywood ending.

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      Mr. Seesareu 

      9 years ago

      Hello waynet, did you see that rant I did on Marvel? If you didn't then you're a Marvel fan. Splinter sucks.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I like films that make my heart pound slightly as you never know what will happen and if anyone will make it out alive!

      This one is just brilliant at the gore factor and creating a tension of don't touch the infected splinters!!!

      Cheers now Saudia005

    • saudia005 profile image


      9 years ago

      wow i really love watching horror movies... it really excites me a lot.. nice one..

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Robert!

      Twas a good film and one I recommend.

    • robertsloan2 profile image


      9 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Sounds like a lark that neither my daughter nor my dear artist friend Twila would get into. Bring on the gore and the intimate terror of finding nasty things that can kill you that you didn't know were there! The porcupinage is a nice touch, most really good horror roots in some classical instinct fears that go back as far as furry little mammals under the dinosaurs' feet.


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