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Tip- don't get a splinter in your finger.
on 6 January 2017
There's something way out back by a gas station, a splinter that invades the body, cracks your bones and kills you, then uses your body as a tool. sounds great eh? So a couple out on the road get pulled over by some thieves a man and a drug induced woman. But something's up, this isn't just going to be a normal hostage situation. They arrive at the infected gas station, and this is where the majority of this film takes place as they take refuge inside against the 'alien' being.
Bunch of characters here, the hostages first: The woman is more kick ass so to speak and strong willed, even the baddie calls her a firecracker- her boyfriend is wimpish but knows his science which will come in handy later on in the film. The stand out though is the baddie who seems to have all the best lines played well by Shea Whigham. Now against this alien splinter thing the three become united to stop it- even though at one point bad guy smashes the butt of his gun against woman's head.
Splinter is a classic play by numbers horror- we've seen it all before- at times it comes across like a bad man's THE THING, but still has its very own charm. It's certainly not a bad movie and production values are half way decent. The major problem is the director Toby Wilkins who shoots the horror scenes like he's making the latest Eminem video, please no shaky cam, it doesn't do the effect you think it will!
By the finale our main characters start making dumb choices, but at under 80 minutes Splinter gets the job done. Certainly no classic but decent all the same, albeit with tried and tested faults.