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Splinter (2008)

  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 12,274 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 3 April 2009 (Turkey)
  • Runtime: 82 min
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Splinter (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Splinter (2008)
  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 12,274 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 3 April 2009 (Turkey)
  • Runtime: 82 min
  • Filming Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
  • Director: Toby Wilkins
  • Stars: Shea Whigham, Jill Wagner and Paulo Costanzo
  • Original Music By: Elia Cmiral   
  • Soundtrack: Better Off Dead
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Parasite | Gas Station | Woods | Escaped Convict | Tent

Writing Credits By:

  • Ian Shorr (written by) &
  • Kai Barry (written by)
  • Toby Wilkins  uncredited

Known Trivia

  • At the end of the movie Farrell gives Seth the key to a lock box in a bank in Platt and tells him to go there to get his nest egg to give to the trucker’s wife. The address listed on the tag is 1060 W. Addison. This is the address for Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, IL.

Goofs: Continuity: The truck which Polly is driving in the early scenes, and which remains parked outside the service station for the remainder of the film, is either a '94 or '95 Toyota 4Runner. However, in the final scenes when the gas station goes up in flames, the 4Runner is replaced with a mid-eighties Isuzu Trooper.

Plot: Trapped in an isolated gas station by a voracious Splinter parasite that transforms its still living victims into deadly hosts, a young couple and an escaped convict must find a way to work together to survive this primal terror. Full summary » |  »

Story: While camping in the woods, Polly Watt and her clumsy boyfriend Seth Belzer damage their tent. They decide to spend the night in a low-budget motel. Meanwhile the criminals, Lacey Belisle and Dennis Farell, have trouble with their runaway car while heading to Platt and they walk on the lonely road. When Polly passes by Lacey, she stops the car and the couple is rendered by Dennis. However, Polly hits something in the road and while replacing the tire, they are attacked by a weird splinter. The car overheats and they stop in a gas station, where they are trapped by zombies, victims of the splinter parasite.Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Iqbal Ahmed known as co-producer
  • Kai Barry known as producer
  • Graham Begg known as executive producer
  • Dori Begley known as executive producer
  • Chad Burris known as executive producer
  • Jamie Carmichael known as executive producer
  • John Glosser known as co-producer
  • Jason Janego known as executive producer
  • Ted Kroeber known as producer
  • Raj Patil known as co-producer
  • Tom Quinn known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Charles Baker known as Blake Sherman Jr.
  • Jill Wagner known as Polly Watt
  • Paulo Costanzo known as Seth Belzer
  • Shea Whigham known as Dennis Farell
  • Rachel Kerbs known as Lacey Belisle
  • Laurel Whitsett known as Sheriff Terri Frankel



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Ozzy Alvarez known as special makeup effects department head
  • Christian Beckman known as special makeup and creature effects producer: Quantum Creation FX
  • Sophia Coronado known as special makeup effects technician: Quantum Creation FX
  • Robert Kato DeStefan known as special makeup effects artist: Quantum Creation FX
  • Gary Domasin known as key makeup artist
  • Kelly Golden known as special makeup effects artist
  • Jacqueline Makkee known as special makeup effects artist: Quantum Creation FX
  • Danielle Noe known as key special makeup effects artist: Quantum Creation FX
  • Shelly Price known as key hair stylist
  • Justin Raleigh known as special makeup and creature effects supervisor: Quantum Creation FX
  • Ray Shaffer known as mold maker
  • Brett Stern known as special makeup effects artist: Quantum Creation FX

Art Department:

  • Sean P. Egan known as art department assistant
  • Sean Lynch known as property master
  • Carla Marie Rugg known as assistant art director
  • Summer Spooner known as product placement/clearance coordinator




Production Companies:

  • Indion Entertainment Group

Other Companies:

  • Creative Artists Agency (CAA)  domestic sales
  • Eastside Communications  publicity: Germany
  • Goff Law  legal
  • Monkeyland Audio  re-recording and adr facilities
  • Technicolor  release printing

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  • Best Film (2008) (Poland) (theatrical)
  • Cathay (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Civic Impex (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Gussi Films (2008) (Mexico) (theatrical)
  • Icon Film Distribution (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • J-Bics (2008) (Thailand) (theatrical)
  • Lusomundo (2008) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Magnet Releasing (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Paris Filmes (2008) (Brazil) (theatrical)
  • Rapi Films (2008) (Indonesia) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Avsar Film (2008) (Turkey) (all media)
  • CatchPlay (2009) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • E1 Entertainment Benelux (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Magnolia Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Magnolia Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Magnolia Magnet (2008) (USA) (all media)
  • Paris Filmes (2010) (Brazil) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Framework Studio
  • Quantum Creation FX (creatures and make-up effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Alan De Castro known as digital artist
  • Cristian A. Kong known as digital compositor
  • Josh Miyaji known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • USA 31 October 2008 (limited)
  • France 30 January 2009 (Gérardmer Film Festival)
  • Germany 5 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • Turkey 3 April 2009
  • Canada 14 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 14 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 19 April 2009 (Imagine Film Festival)
  • France 16 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Russia 9 July 2009
  • Kazakhstan 31 July 2009
  • Hungary 4 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Austria 24 October 2009 (Vienna International Film Festival)
  • Mexico 20 November 2009
  • Netherlands 1 December 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Peru 28 January 2010

MPAA: Rated R for violence/gore and language



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. NotMoreMovies from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 8:14 pm

    This movie is stuck somewhere between a theatrical release-quality filmand a direct to DVD movie, but much better than your ordinary Sci-Fichannel special.

    The acting is top quality. All characters, especially the one portrayedby Shea, are portrayed exceptionally well. The plot keeps you glued toyour seat, and you can't wait to see what happens next or how they willthink of a way out of their predicament.

    The only problems lie in the filming of the "monster" and to a lesserdegree, the sound. I'm not a personal fan of the "flicker" style offilming so it may work for others. I prefer a fluid style of filmingthroughout the entire film. It's hard to keep track of the eventsoccurring when things "flash" around rapidly.

    But if you can overlook it's extremely minor flaws, you're in for atreat with this one. The acting and the central theme of the plot arestrong enough to overcome its shortcomings.

    My final ratings: Quality: 7 Entertainment level: 7 Overall: 7Consensus: This might be Toby Wilkins' break as a writer/director andis a standout performance for Shea Whigham

  2. markokristic (markokristic@net.hr) from Croatia
    30 Mar 2012, 8:14 pm

    What a nice surprise this movie turned out to be. Lately I have seen somany bad horror movies that I almost gave up on the genre itself butthis one had good reviews on horror sites I visited so I gave it a go.I'm glad I did. The story is basic and simple:a monster, an isolatedplace and people doing their best to get out the situation alive.Beenthere, seen that,right? Sure, but Splinter is so well crafted andexecuted that this didn't bother me one bit.Characters are interestingand intelligent people that use their wits and brains to try to savetheir lives and don't just scream and panic. The movie is tense andgory and doesn't drag for a second. Special effects are mediocre butsufficient. If you are a horror fan this is the one to watch.Good jobMr. Wilkins!

  3. onosideboard from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 8:14 pm

    The premise has been done many times before, but this film does itright. Apparently "Splinter" is an independent film, but it doesn'tdeserve to be lumped in the same category as the hundreds of "lowbudget" horror movies out there that are hardly more than a few friendswith a camcorder and some ketchup packets. The production value herelooks as good as many Hollywood movies, and the "monster" is doneparticularly well. The three main actors are great, and the charactersare likable.

    This movie isn't going to change the genre or make anyone's Top 10list, but it's definitely one of the more entertaining horror filmsI've seen in the last couple of years. It's a fun way to spend 80minutes. My 8 out of 10 rating is a bit over-inflated simply becausethere have been so many terrible horror movies put out recently that itwas refreshing to genuinely enjoy one from start to finish. A morerealistic rating would be 6 or 6.5. Totally worth the price ofadmission, and I look forward to seeing more from this director in thefuture.

  4. slake09 from Silver Lake, Ohio, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 8:14 pm

    A young couple and an ex-con are holed up in a gas station whilestrange monsters prowl outside.

    This is a good example of what can be done with some good acting, adecent script and an idea for a horror film that won't cost too much tomake. It's definitely watchable, even if the characters sometimes dosome odd things.

    There is a lot left unexplained, which seems OK within the context ofthe movie; the answers you don't get sort of enhance the story youwatched. There is also an obvious sequel ending.

    If you like horror and enjoy some good suspense, get this and watch it,you'll be glad you did. It's not awesome, but it's pretty good.

  5. simon-prometheus from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 8:14 pm

    When it comes to B movie gold, Splinter is an Oscar contender. Boastinga similar vibe (and name) to 2006's Slither, starring Nathan Fillion,this gory, witty and original flick is what all films of the genrestrive to become. Although both films are low budget schlock of thehighest calibre that is where the similarities end as Splinter does notneed to pillage its ideas or motif from any other efforts. The writingis, for the duration as snappy as anyone could want, and the acting isas surprisingly solid as we could dream. Forget Saw V, or the onslaughtof Asian horror remakes, this is the sort of chiller you should rushout and see.

    Of the number of remarkable successes that define Splinter, the mostrefreshing, as I alluded to above, is the acting. Not to say that filmsof this ilk never associate with competent actors, but in this effortnot only has first time director Toby Wilkins managed to scrounge upsome talent that beg to ask the question "why are these people not inmore movies" but constructs the movie with only 4 of them. The movie inits entirety features 6 actors. Charles Baker as a doomed gas stationattendant, Laurel Whitsett as a local Sheriff, Rachel Kerbs as Laceythe drug addict girlfriend of Dennis (Shea Whingham, who steals everyscene), Jill Wagner as Polly and her boyfriend Seth (Paulo Costanzo,who I have only ever seen as the nephew of Joey Tribiani on the shortlived 'Friends' spin-off 'Joey') Not to ruin anything, but only a fewof these characters survive long enough to be deemed as a maincharacter, which basically leaves you with a three man show; and what ashow.

    The premise is simple, as all B movies are, as we find Polly and Sethon an anniversary vacation to the great outdoors. But after adisastrous campsite set up, they decide to call it quits and hole up ina motel, which they agree, has to be dilapidated to offset their failedwilderness adventure. While on route, they stop to help an apparentlystranded woman (Lacey) who is in reality a distraction for the gruffDennis, so he is able to carjack the happy couple. Taking Polly andSeth hostage, their fortunes continue to deteriorate after they strikea mysterious creature on the road, damaging the car. Struggling to anearby gas station they soon find out that the thing they hit is not afuzzy woodland creature, but a spiked sea urchin-esquire, slimyparasitic contaminant that absorbs and kills whatever it touches. Thesurvivors barricade themselves in the gas station and try to deduce aplan to escape un-consumed.

    Unlike a number of B movie horror flicks, the crude special effectswork to Splinter's advantage. The creature's erratic and roboticmovements and the use of quick cut editing truly add a creepy vibe toproceedings. The 'thing' is very well realized and its characteristicscan be viewed as an endearing amalgamation of dozens of movie monsters;the gooiness of the blob, the hunting practice of The Predator, theblood lust of Dracula, among others. There is a cornucopia of gore inSplinter, but never seems excessive or vile and certainly provides thescares; notably, a mutilation scene that puts the Hostel movies toshame.

    Simply put, Splinter is a whole lot of fun, and far more original then99% of the fright flicks that are slapped on the big screen yearly. Ifyou have a chance, check out this beautiful barrage of B movie basics,disguised as a much better film. Don't be a prick and check outSplinter.

    7.5 / 10

    Read all my reviews at Simon Says Movieshttp://simonsaysmovies.blogspot.com/

  6. eaglesj610 from PHILADELPHIA
    30 Mar 2012, 8:14 pm

    Splinter starts off making fun of a cliché, and then develops into asmarter slasher flick than we are used to in todays Hollywood. themonster is creative and the effects are good enough to make me turnaway when its attacking. This is a fun little movie that is notpretentious, a ripoff, or cheesy. I had a lot of fun watching thecrack-head get it, and the writing was good enough to keep me engrossedin the characters. the movie is fast paced, and where others woulddrone on it speeds us. at 82 minutes it is a perfect length for arefreshing jolt. I am not a huge horror fan but i gave this film achance and was not disappointed. overall i give it a 7 out of 10. in agenre that relies on remakes, over the top gore, and bad acting"splinter" comes through with good acting, a fun premise, and great setlocations.

  7. siderite from Romania
    30 Mar 2012, 8:14 pm

    Face it, for its budget and for the entire what? 6 people cast? it wasa pretty decent movie. Original it was not, except maybe the creatureconcept, but it provided the entertainment one would expect fromsomething like this.

    The plot is simple enough: a fungus like entity is infecting anythingalive and uses their bodies in very innovative ways to get to movebodies. It's a fungus zombie thingie! I liked that it dropped anypretense that a simple organism could use the human body as theoriginal host did. It reminded me of The Thing, of course, only that ithad no Kurt Russell and that it was placed in some old US forest where"logging sucks".

    If it weren't for the really weak cast (the only one supporting themovie was Jill Wagner) and the fact that a fungus of thisinfectiousness would have quickly overrun the entire forest andcontinued until the world ended, it would have been a gem.

    Bottom line: grab a beer, watch it when you feel like doing nothing, itwon't disappoint.

  8. collipal-1 from Argentina
    30 Mar 2012, 8:14 pm

    Splinter is a truly creepy movie which has a perfect atmosphere andwhich is full of positive elements.The best element from this movie isthe excellent screenplay,which makes a detailed character developmentand which proposes a fascinating menace in its monster,showing anambiguous origin and devastating effects.I also liked the way in whichit is shown the relationship between the characters very much,becauseit evolutes on an unpredictable but realistic way.In other words,thesuspense is provoked on a natural way,and that makes the spectator tofeel a delicious suspense,because it is impossible to predict what canhappen next.Something many independent filmmakers do,is developing thestory on an only location,because that lets them to exploit theirlow-budget,avoiding costs on technical team.However,not all of themcount with the necessary creativity to conciliate their economicalattitude with an interesting story.Fortunately,Splinter is one of thatcases because its economical manufacture is perfect for creating thedesolated atmosphere the movie requires.The performances are above theaverage of what we are accustomed to see on the straight-to-DVDmovies.Director Toby Wilkins made a brilliant work,because he brought arelentless rhythm and precision,at the same time he could create aperfect atmosphere,he could bring the correct style to the movie and hecould extract very competent performances from his small cast.It wouldbe very interesting to see his next projects.The only fail I found onthis movie is that some special effects could have been a little bitmore polished.In spite of that,I liked Splinter very much.This is oneof that gems from the fantastic cinema which occasionally appear,so Irecommend it with confidence.This is an excellent horror movie whichbrought me an intense and enormously entertaining time.

  9. HumanoidOfFlesh from Chyby, Poland
    30 Mar 2012, 8:14 pm

    A young couple Seth Belzer and Polly Watt retreat to the wilderness fora romantic camping weekend,but their idyll is shattered when they arecar-jacked by an escaped convict and his drug-addicted girlfriend,Dennis Farell and Lacey Belisleon,on the run from the police.As thefoursome travel the back roads together they find themselves in deepertrouble than any of them could have imagined-a blood-crazed,parasiticcreature that absorbs the corpses of its victims has laid claim to thewoods and the two couples are now in its sights.Finding shelter at anabandoned gas station,they must use their wits and every weapon attheir disposal to stave off the onslaught,not only from the insatiablecreature,but also each other.The premise of "Splinter" is very simpleand quite suspenseful.The film is obviously influenced by JohnCarpenter's classic "The Thing" and offers plenty of gore.The specialeffects are pretty good:during most of the creature shots,it looks asif there's a real corpse on screen.The use of hand-held camera is themain drawback of the film.It is obnoxious and should be slightly toneddown.Still "Splinter" is a competent indie horror flick with enoughgrue to satisfy genre fans.7 out of 10.

  10. eric-fulcher from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 8:14 pm

    Low budget horror is always a secret pleasure of mine because I thinkthe genre is the hardest to be creative in. Seriously, how easy is itto scare someone? "Splinter" won't scare you nor necessarily creep youout however it will at some points test your limit in psychologicalterms.

    The dialogue is great at time and then askew: some lines just don't fitand don't add comic relief or insight into the plot of character.

    While the acting is enjoyable and worthy of praise the whole story,centered at a gas station, contains the characters rather than lettingthem break free and show the audience their true capabilities.

    The story is predictable but the creature and its concept is somewhatoriginal. It sort of takes a new spin on Carpenter's "The Thing" whileadding its own unique spin… perfect combination. I liked the specialeffects and always keep in mind while watching that it's low-budget.Still, the animators and producers did a fine job at making a grittycreature.

    Worth renting.

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