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A young couple retreats to the wilderness for a romantic camping weekend, but their idyll is shattered when they are car-jacked by an escaped convict and his girlfriend on the run from the police. As the foursome travel the back roads together, each plotting their next move, they find themselves in deeper trouble than any of them could have imagined--a blood-crazed, parasitic creature that absorbs the corpses of its victims has laid claim to the woods, and the two couples are now in its sights. Finding shelter at an abandoned gas station, they must use their wits and every weapon at their… 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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