SPLINTER

Gore-filled Movie

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Release Date: October 31, 2008

Starring: Shea Whigham, Paulo Costanzo,
Jill Wagner, Charles Baker,
Racel Kerbs, and Laurel
Whitsett

Genre: Horror

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 82 minutes

Distributor: Magnet Releasing/Magnolia
Pictures

Director: Toby Wilkins

Executive Producer: Chad Burris, Jamie Carmichael,
Graham Begg, Mark Cuban, and
Todd Wagner

Producer: Kai Barry and Ted Kroeber

Writer: Ian Shorr and Kai Barry

Address Comments To:

Bill Banowski, CEO
Magnolia Pictures
1614 West 5th St.
Austin, TX 78703
Eamon Bowles, President
Magnolia Pictures
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New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 924-6701; Fax: (212) 924-6742
Website: www.magpictures.com
Email: info@ magpictures.com

Content:

(PaPa, HH, OO, B, C, LLL, VVV, A, DD, MM) Strong pagan worldview with strong humanist elements and occult creatures with supernatural villainous creature, mixed with examples of sacrifice and making retribution; 64 obscenities and 11 profanities; graphic, gory blood filed violence as a creature eats three people alive, woman is cut in half, man must cut off own arm to stop creature, multiple close ups of “zombie” type victims covered in blood and brought back to life; no explicit or crude sex but some kissing; no nudity; drinking of beer; taking illegal drugs and a verbal reference to being a drug addict; and taking hostage, stealing.

Summary:

SPLINTER is the story of a young couple and a ex-convict who must take refuge against a supernatural parasitic creature that kills victims and then brings the corpse to life as a villain that can’t be killed. The movie is filled with violent and gory images that are intended to shock and disturb the viewers.

Review:

SPLINTER is the story of a young couple and an ex-convict who must take refuge against a supernatural parasitic creature that kills victims and then brings the corpse to life as a villain that can’t be killed.

Polly and Seth head to the woods for a romantic getaway but are carjacked by ex-convict Dennis and his delusional girlfriend, Lacy. When they have car trouble and pull into a gas station, they discover that there is a creature stalking them who proceeds to eat Lacy, having already killed the gas station attendant. Holed up in a the mini-mart style service station, the trio tries to stop the creature who they discover is a parasite with splinters that lives on a corpse, effectively bringing it back to life in order to kill more people.

The movie, as could be expected, is filled with blood and gore with much suspense and tension. The script is better than most as the people struggle to come up with ways to defeat the splinter creature using only what’s available at the mini-mart. The acting is better than average for a horror movie.

There are graphically disgusting visuals, however, as Dennis must cut off his own arm in order to stop the parasite from spreading. When the creature attacks the sheriff, her body is torn in half, and the filmmakers make sure that the viewers see every bit of that action. This is a “slasher movie” that attempts to shock and disgust viewers.

In the midst of it, there are two redeeming qualities in the life of Dennis, the ex-convict. It turns out that he is trying to get to a city to give his life savings to the widow of the man he murdered as a form of restitution. He asks the young couple to complete that task for him. Though knowing he will be consumed by the parasite, Dennis sacrifices his own life to kill the creatures and allow the couple to escape. These redemptive moments, however, don’t take away from the very gross images that accompany them.

These are terrifying, excessively gore-filled images to embed in one’s mind.

In Brief:

SPLINTER is the story of a young couple and an ex-convict who must take refuge against a supernatural parasitic creature that kills victims and then brings the corpse to life as a zombie that can’t be killed. The movie, as expected, is filled with blood and gore with much suspense and tension. The script is better than most as the people struggle to come up with ways to defeat the splinter creature using only what’s available at a mini-mart. There are graphically disgusting visuals such as Dennis cutting off his own arm in order to stop the parasite from spreading.

In the midst of this story, there are two redeeming qualities in the life of Dennis, the ex-convict. He is trying to get to a city to give his life savings to the widow of the man he murdered as a form of restitution. He asks the young couple to complete that task for him. Though knowing he will be consumed by the parasite, Dennis sacrifices his own life to kill the creatures and allow the couple to escape. These redemptive moments, however, don’t minimize the movie’s very gory images.