Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Splinter Is Coming To SCI FI This Month!

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You may have heard that the DVD/Blu-ray release date for the much anticipated indy horror flick Splinter, which has been on my radar for quite some time now, was just recently moved to April 14th and you may have been pretty upset with this fact. After a very short and very limited theatrical run, it seemed like most of us were now going to have to wait several more months to check it out. But that's fortunately not the case at all! There are actually several good reasons for its delay and we're not gonna have to wait till April to feast our eyes on it!

Splinter will be airing on the SCI FI network Saturday, February 14th at 9pm with an encore the following night at 7pm! Mark your calendars and set your DVR's!

The reason i'm posting this now is not only because I just learned of this information but it's also because I finally just saw the flick (thanks Zach!) and I want you guys to see it too! It's a pretty awesome low budget indy flick and although it's flawed, it's one I think most of you will enjoy. Great acting, likeable intelligent characters, copious amounts of gore, its got a lot going for it. Its also got some stuff working against it, but we'll get to that in a minute.

Here's a little plot description along with the trailer for those who are just hearing about this one for the first time ....



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.

Now what does this 'splinter parasite' do? I'm not exactly sure given the overbearing shakey camera effects anytime the parasite is seen, but it seems to sprout spikes from the hosts bodies and mutate, break, and twist the shit out of them and ultimately turn them into bloodthirsty Thing-looking killers. Pretty rough way to go! And that brings me to my main gripe with the film ....

THE SHAKEY CAM.

Can we please stop with this? I understand why it was done in this film, it's a low budget film afterall and the creature effects are better hidden with quick flash cuts, but it is unbearably fucking annoying. Anytime anything really happens, you don't see anything really happen. I had this same problem with a similar movie, Feast, and although it wasn't quite as annoying in this one, it's still pretty fuckin distracting. If everytime something exciting happens, you cannot make out what is happening, then it's just not exciting, now is it?! You don't really ever see what the parasite host creature thing looks like and you really don't ever clearly see the moments where it unleashes its fury. I hate this style of filmmaking and from reading the IMDb boards, i'm not alone on this one. This movie would've been 100 times better had it not been for the overuse of the shakey cam but like I said, that's obviously a budgetary issue. That being said ....

Splinter is still a kickass little movie with a bunch of highly memorable moments and I certaintly enjoyed it enough to recommend you check it out. Shakey cam aside, it's really nice to see original American horror for a change! And am I the only one who loves movies that primarily take place in one small location and involve only three or four characters?

Being served up the film for free on the tele isn't the only positive thing about the release date push back however. According to director Toby Wilkins' official blog, this added time is going to allow him the opportunity to create a "ton of extra content for the disks". So it's not such a bad thing afterall!

Be sure to check out Splinter on SCI FI Saturday, February 14th and Sunday the 15th!

And don't worry, it's far from a SCI FI original picture!

4 comments:

thebonebreaker said...

What about it being edited?
[wouldn't it be best to just wait for the uncut DVD?]
Just asking, as I have yet to see the film and have been looking forward to it!

Johnny said...

That's a good question and i've been wondering about that myself. The film isn't that gory, as far as what is seen on screen, so I really don't think too much of it will have to be edited. At least i'm hoping that's the case. But i'm sure there will be a couple minor edits, as there always are with horror flicks on tv.

FilmFather said...

Thx for this heads-up! Consider it TiVo'd. I'll sacrifice some edits for seeing it free and ahead of the DVD release.

SciFi seems pretty liberal with graphic violence and gore in their own (admittedly awful) SciFi Channel movies, so maybe that's a good sign that the edits for Splinter would be minor like you suggest.

Soiled Sinema said...

Shakey cam seems to avoid gut-wrenching close ups on the beast so whatever saves them money, I suppose.

This was a good film.

-mAQ