You Don’t Want To Get This Splinter Under Your Skin
Gas Station restrooms are usually horrific is real life. Why else do they require a potential patron to pick up a key from the front counter. A key usually attacked to some random object, often a broken baseball bat, or the handle to a window squeegee, or a cinder block. A wise man once said something to the effect of, “Once is coincidence, twice if happenstance, third time is enemy action.”
See, cinder block = enemy action. Makes perfect sense, and it’s logic like this that makes the inciting event in the 2008 monster movie Splinter so damn scary.
So group of people, whom are together not out of choice (for some of them anyway), arrive at a gas station late in the evening. Car needs fixing, gas, what have you. Then all hell breaks loose.
Splinter follows the stripped down scary monster siege plotline. Monster traps people, people must escape. Doesn’t sound too interesting, has been done a million times before, why do you care? You care because Splinter works, and it works well. The formula is simple. Collect good actors, write a script that is smart but not over the top, hire a good FX team and viola! Simple monster movie turns into an hour and thirty-seven minutes of intense action dripping with blood and guts.
The film stars Paulo Costanzo, Jill Wagner and Shea Whigham.
Wagner was in several things before and after Splinter, although spending the time to list them would be depressing so we won’t. She’s currently on the show Teen Wolf. Meh. Too bad really because she is very good in Splinter.
Whigham is the jewel of the film. He shines far above the rest of the cast (all 6 of them) but makes sure to temper his performance so as not to run away with the movie. He’s got chops and it shows in his filmography – Tigerland, Fast and Furious, Blood Creek (review coming soon), Silver Linings Playbook, The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Non-Stop, on and on and on…
Q: So is the movie worth watching?
A: Definately. A tigh, simple plot is complemented by some excellent special effects and good chemistry between the cast members. A bonus is the script. Not going to win an award but it doesn’t make any of the silly over the top mistakes so many low budget horror films do. Granted this could be the director, but I like to credit the writers. So here writers, have some credit!
Q: So whats the monster?
A: No spoilers! It’s cool, you’ll like it.
Q: Is this a good date movie?
A: Yeah. Not too long, no nudity and/or excessive vocabulary.
Q: Is it graphic? Ok for my kids?
A: It actually isn’t too graphic in general, although there is one scene that gets a bit, um…nasty. Otherwise it’s fine, so long as your kids handle blood and guts and body horror.