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CGI effects wizard and versatile cinema Renaissance man Toby Wilkins directed this shocker, which is set in and around a remote gas station, where a vicious, virus-like entity invades the body of human victims and instills in them an unquenchable thirst for human blood. On their way into the wilderness for a romantic weekend alone, a young couple is carjacked by a desperate escaped criminal and his devious girlfriend. Later, as the mismatched couples head ever deeper into the woods, they unknowingly become targeted by a parasitic creature that absorbs the corpses of its human victims. The… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a terrifying film."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"There have been worse horror flicks, but although this one offers a few scares, it doesn't have a lot of imagination."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"A very efficient and effective (for its budget) zombie-infection-sci-fi-thriller"
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"If you can get beyond one basic narrative flaw, and a low budget dynamic which provides limited looks at our Bottin-inspired fiends, Splinter will come as a wonderful little fright flick surprise."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"This slightly elevated generic effort is still essentially what they mean by disposable entertainment."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"It's good, it's just nothing really groundbreaking or special."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"The movie's awash in blood, sure, but it has more brains on hand than just the ones dripping down the wall."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Everything you expect to happen, does - but it isn't satisfying."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Horror.com
"Four people. One Kwik-E-Mart style shop. One crazed creature. Splinter proves that's all you need for a chilling horror movie."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"a nifty example of the horror-movie as thrill ride"
‑ Jay Antani, Filmcritic.com
"[Director] Wilkins understands that what we don't see is often more unsettling than what we do. But he also throws in plenty of well-earned gore, making this an ideal option if you're looking for a few new Halloween scares."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"It's short, taut, nicely shot, well-acted, astutely directed, specific where it might have been generic, original enough to be engrossing and derivative enough to be amusing."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"deliver[s] plenty of bang from the filmmaker's limited bucks - but Splinter's greatest strengths, rare for the genre, are its solid characterisation, witty dialogue and charismatic performances."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Fans hoping for a substantial work are left with no real statement or vision, while horror aficionados have already seen this film a dozen times before."
‑ Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
"This is one tedious horror film."
‑ Geoff Berkshire, Metromix.com
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