Plot: What’s it about?
Seth (Paul Costanzo) and Polly (Jill Wagner) are off to celebrate an anniversary, about to spend a romantic weekend camping at a remote lake. On the road to their rendezvous point, they’re flagged down by another couple. The man is Dennis (Shea Whigham) and he seems a little odd, not to mention his concealed gun. His female companion is Lacey (Rachel Kerbs), who is barely able to stand, let alone do much else. As it turns out, Dennis is an escaped convict and his drugged out girlfriend is part of his plan to make a mad dash to freedom. The couples soon arrive at an isolated gas station, where it becomes clear that there is a more ominous threat than any of them could imagine. As terror quickly unfolds around them, will anyone be able to survive and what evil force is behind the madness?
While Splinter is by no means a great movie, it is well made and recommended. The filmmakers took a simple premise and crafted a solid movie around it. Splinter isn’t about plot twists or breaking new ground, you can tell the filmmakers knew what it was and made the most of their concept. The plot is one we’ve seen before and not much has been tweaked, but as I said, there is skill shown in how it all comes together. You won’t be floored by Splinter, but like I said, it is a solid movie. A kind of throwback to days of simpler chills and thrills, with a cool monster and lots of cheap scares. So if you’re a fan of old school monster movies, then Splinter should provide ample entertainment. The tension is well done, there is some good gore, and the overall fun factor is higher than I expected. So if you like good old fashioned monster movies, then Splinter would be a great rental option and I hope to see more from these filmmakers soon.
Video: How does it look?
Splinter is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. This movie was shot on digital and then transferred directly to the digital world, which means we have a spectacular visual presentation. This is the kind of transfer that makes people want to run out and upgrade to high definition. The detail here is astounding, at times the visuals are so clear, you’ll thinking you are watching a window, not a television. I saw no issues whatsoever here, as colors look natural and contrast is smooth, just an excellent overall visual treatment.
Audio: How does it sound?
A DTS HD 5.1 option is here and provides a great audio experience. The surrounds are active and well used, to add to the tension and give us some memorable moments. The audio packs sick impact at times, like when bones break, you will flinch and that adds so much to the experience. This is a wall to wall explosive film by any means, but there is good presence and the audio is very well handled. No issues as far as dialogue, while the music sounds great too. This disc also includes Spanish subtitles.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The director is present on two commentaries, one with cast members and the other with folks from the crew. Both turn out to be candid, informative sessions. Which to choose depends on whether you want anecdotes from the cast or more technical insights from the crew, but both are solid. You can also watch a good number of featurettes, but none run over five minutes and very little worthwhile information is found in them.