Director: Toby Wilkins
Writers: Ian Shorr & Kai Barry
Cast: Paulo Costanzo, Jill Wagner, Rachel Kerbs and Shea Whingham
You may be asking yourself just how scary is a parasitic pool of oil that grows spikes and eats people? Well the answer is pretty damn scary. With exceptional practical effects and nods to such creature features such as The Thing (1983) and Dead Alive (Braindead) this one is sure to please gore hounds. You could also consider it a modern take on the classic creature feature.
Splinter opens on young couple Seth and Polly (Paulo Costanzo and Jill Wagner) trying have a romantic camping trip in the woods. They are then taken hostage by wanted fugitives Belisle and Dennis Farell (Rachel Kerbs and Shea Whingham). The jeep overheats and they are forced to stop the next convenience store. Well this place has already been overtaken by a monstrous parasitic force that captured and is controlling the store clerk. From that point on they are trapped inside the station and seeking refuge from the creature outside.
I have warmed up to Splinter since my initial viewing when it was first released on DVD. The main reason I hold the movie in such a high regard is the somewhat lack of CGI and the attention paid to practical effects. The gore effects in this one are top notch. Also, the creature is original as well. This consists of a black oil-like substance that grows on living tissue and produces spikes (or splinters) on whatever it grows on. Pretty cool idea in my book. The acting is lackluster but considering this is an independent film I can cut it some slack. So if you enjoy seeing bloody body parts assembled in a makeshift fashion by some kind of an alien being you should check this one out. The region A Blu-ray looks great and has a low price tag to boot.