Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Month of Horror Day 18: Splinter

Basement contributor Matt Bellamy has taken it upon himself to watch and review at least one horror movie a day for the month of October . . . because he's awesome that way! And we hate to say it, but Bellamy gets a little prickly with tonight's installment.

Nope, it's not a biopic about our favourite Ninja Turtle mentor and sensei, as awesome as THAT would be, instead it's another low budget, independent fright fest! One more horror flick perhaps you haven't heard of? Just because it's small and hasn't been seen by many doesn't mean it isn't special in its own right, um, take that how ever you will. Moving on! What you have here is your typical set up of a loving couple heading off to enjoy some R&R in a remote location until (wait for it) something goes awry and bad things start happening! What sort of bad things? The lovebirds actually get carjacked by a guy and his drug addict girlfriend, screaming and yelling ensues and it's around that point a monster starts killing everyone. Whoa, wait, a monster? What about these addict criminals? Yeah, so, everyone eventually winds up at this gas station together and there's a monster comprised of spikes and splinters (hey-oh, title call out!) which begins impaling and devouring anyone unlucky enough to be hanging around. We're not really sure where this monster came from, what its origins are exactly, but what we do know is that it is one damn cool looking creature! I dig this movie; it's lean, it's mean, and it has the appropriate amount of chuckles thrown in for good measure. We never really see too much of the monster so it's never over exposed however I would have liked to have seen it a little more than we actually get. Minor nitpicks like that aside, if you're a fan of low budget creature features then I think you'll get a kick out of it!



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