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Splinter [Blu-ray]

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Product details

  • Actors: Shea Whigham, Paulo Costanzo, Jill Wagner, Rachel Kerbs, Charles Baker
  • Directors: Toby Wilkins
  • Producers: Kai Barry, Ted Kroeber
  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Mar. 2009
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KQ033C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,222 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Low-budget zombie horror. Cut off from the outside world at a remote filling station on a deserted country road, a young couple and an escaped convict become the victims of a voracious 'splinter' parasite that transforms its victims, human and animal alike, into the deadly hosts of an unknown disease.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Shh. on 10 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I read some of the other reviews and decided to buy the Splinter DVD. As I had read reviews prior to buying it I knew that it was a low budget creature feature along the lines of 'The Thing'. All things considered, the acting was actually reasonably good, the special effects made the most of the limited budget in my opinion and it was enjoyably silly.

I would not usually give this type of film more than 3 stars as for me they don't bring enough to the table to warrant the extra star or two. However, the main reason I give it a fairly good 3 is because as I watched it I didn't sit there saying "why didn't they do this?" or "why would you do that?". Usually with horror films you can pick lots of holes in the character's behaviour but with this one I suppose that there was not a lot more that they could have reasonably done, also it only cost [...] so I also take the low price into consideration.

If you like horror B movies then you could do a lot worse than watch this.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 6 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
This is a fusion of tired and new. The old staple of 'unprepared couple get taken hostage by criminal couple for a ride in their vehicle' is fused to a horror with a fascinating idea. 'Jacked by a pair of druggie lovers, our heroes stop at a garage convenience store and all hell breaks loose. But the enemy here isn't the cops but a very ingenious parasite that really stands out for inventiveness. The movie itself is pretty stripped down hostage and survival horror fare, with the trapped characters variously following all of the endlessly familiar movie arcs like getting paranoid/trying to escape etc, so it's 'ace' to get noticed is this smart device. And it works, turning a bog standard storyline into a more interesting dilemma. The performances are decent and the direction is too. The effects, crucially, are well done and they work.
Give this a try if you fancy something a little creative, as it's intruiging.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Clarke on 1 May 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
There aren't many movies that I will be splashing out to replace my DVD copy with a Blu-ray but I couldn't resist Splinter at such a good price. This is a fun and original horror. It is full of gore, well scripted, has a magnificent cast, fantastic character development, awesome special effects and some spectacular gross-out moments! It takes a classic horror scenario (survivors holed up in a building - in this case a petrol station) but the concept of the parasitic monster brings flare to the genre. If you enjoy films like The Mist, The Thing and Night of the Living Dead, then you too will love this. This is a great Movie Made Even Better by Blu-ray.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul WJM on 9 Feb. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
As with many modern horrors the storyline is very simple: a number of people find themselves trapped in a petrol station because of some mutating organism that kind of takes over anything it can move, including dead bodies. Despite this it's not a zombie movie before you go expecting that, more of a kind of contemporary take on The Blob. I think it's a great idea personally. What really ruined this movie for me is what spoils many modern films: shaky cam. You know, when you'd swear the cameraman/woman is either pi**ed or having some sort of epileptic fit. I'm not sure why these people are coming out of film school with all of the camera skills of a VHS-camcorder-wielding auntie, but it seems to have become fairly popular in Hollywood. I think the idea is that you're supposed to be drawn into the action because the continuously erratic camera somehow simulates your presence (my head tends not to wobble around like that, thankfully). It actually draws me out of the movie - good camera work, like editing, generally should not be particularly noticeable. Anyway, the film is okay - stunning effects work combined with a pretty cool, and rather gruesome idea - but would have have been several times better if it were not for the awful camera work.

The 2.39:1 full HD image (on the Blu-ray of course - if you're looking for low resolution then go for the DVD...) is nice, sharp, and colourful - I think the film was shot digitally so it would have transferred well to this medium. If you've got a good system the lossless DTS surround track will show it off well, but you've also got 'lossy' Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM stereo audio tracks to choose from. There are also a couple of audio commentaries and a number of very short featurettes. The disc is reasonably well specified and is similar to the US Blu-ray by Magnolia.

** for the film, **** for the Blu-ray.

Paul (The Grim Cellar at Blogspot)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 2 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Okay, this film might owe a small debt to John Carpenter's 1982 version of 'The Thing' but it has its own quirky identity, so it succeeds as a film in its own right, with enough originality and invention to keep it moving along nicely throughout its relatively short running time of 80 minutes.
The plot is simple enough. A young couple on an anniversary camping trip, are taken hostage by another couple who are on the run, and desperately trying to reach the Mexican border. However when they stop off at a Gas Station, they all find themselves hostages to a flesh eating parasitic creature.
One of the real joys of the film is watching the small group working out what makes the creature tick, and their increasingly inventive methods in combating its menace. I also liked the way they used their strengths to work as a team to try to survive the situation they found themselves in. The characters were well developed, and I genuinly cared about their fates. It was nice that they didnt just run round like headless chickens shouting 'We're all going to die!'. Finally, a special mention must go to the wonderful creature effects, nothing too showy or ridiculous, but brilliant all the same.
So all in all, a very enjoyable little horror film, that uses its claustrophobic setting to great effect, and it really bodes very well for director Toby Wilkins' future efforts. 4 out of 5
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