From director and co-screenwriter Simeon Halligan (“White Settlers”) comes 2010 British horror movie “Splintered”.
Sophie (Holly Weston – “Hollyoaks”, “Filth And Wisdom”) is a young woman tormented by nightmares of an abusive childhood, but with a fascination for the unexplained.
She wants to go on a camping trip to a remote part of North Wales to investigate stories of a creature on the loose that is attacking and killing animals and people – her fascination insisting it could be a werewolf – so enlists three friends, who tag along reluctantly – Sam (Sacha Dhawan – “The History Boys”), Jane (Sadie Pickering – “Waterloo Road”) and John (Sol Heras – “Coronation Street”).
Having arrived at their location, Sophie and John (who has designs on Sophie) wander off into the woods, leaving Sam and Jane at their camping spot. Thinking they’ve caught sight of something the pair make chase, only to find themselves in a seemingly abandoned priest-run orphanage where Sophie encounters a former charge of the orphanage, Gavin (Stephen Walters – “Layer Cake”).
When Sophie and John haven’t returned to camp by the following morning, Sam and Jane go looking for them. Also hunting for something in the area is priest Father Thomas (Colin Tierney – “Nowhere Boy”, “DCI Banks”). Will any of them find what they are looking for?
This wasn’t a bad film at all. It appears to have slipped through the cracks somewhat, which is a shame.
Weston and Walters (who actually plays two characters) have the juicier roles to play and do so very well. There is a nice twist, too – just when you think you have it figured out and know what the creature is you find out it’s not quite so straightforward after all.
And of course, don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s all over when it first appears to be! Nicely done…