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Old 10-07-10, 09:00 PM   #1
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"Splinter" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 27



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Old 10-27-10, 03:06 PM   #2
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Re: "Splinter" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 27

Bump for today's film. Looking for my disc now.
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Re: "Splinter" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 27

I really enjoyed this one. Wasn't expecting much, had never heard of it before, was pretty surprised that I liked it from beginning to end.

Nice creature effects, decent enough acting, nice character growth/change on the lead baddie, and good tension throughout. I'd give it a 7 or 7.5 out of 10.

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Re: "Splinter" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 27

A surprisingly effective little thriller, Splinter is one of those films that I would never have watched without some prodding. After all, at first glance it looks like every other movie on SyFy and/or Chiller. Luckily, it has a lot more going for it than I had supposed. Like The Devil's Backbone last night, I was immediately hooked by an actor; only in this case, it was by ALL of the cast. And I think that's what sets this film apart from others of its ilk--exceptionally fine acting from everyone involved. I'll be checking this one out again real soon.
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Re: "Splinter" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 27

Creepy 'creature' feature for sure. I loved the sporadic, unnatural way the parasite twisted the host body as it manipulated it around. I kept waiting for the guy to stick his finger in his mouth the way Stephen King did in Creepshow. LOL. From what I saw of some of the artwork, I thought this was going to go the way of Little Otik or some druid mythos, but was pleasantly surprised that it traveled it's own path, sprinkling a few zombie and Evil Dead breadcrumbs along the way.
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Re: "Splinter" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 27

This was a surprise enjoyment since I hadn't heard of it before. The story does a great job of actually building up the characters and the creature effects are top notch and not overshown.
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Re: "Splinter" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 27

I saw this movie about a year or so ago and remember liking it quite a bit, but I'm having trouble remembering a lot of the specifics of it. May have to give it another watch sometime soon.
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Re: "Splinter" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 27

I caught a surprisingly positive review of this on At the Movies when it first came out and made sure to add to my list for the 2009 challenge. Their description of the creature, though, left me with an impression of an evil porcupine. I was pleasantly surprised that was not really the case.

Small and enjoyable cast of characters and creepy creature effects. Enjoyed it just as much this year, too!
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Re: "Splinter" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 27

I liked this more than I thought I would. Loved the splinter effects. Seems simple, but executed well. Great pick.
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