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A vacationing couple, Polly (Jill Wagner) and Seth (Paulo Costanzo), are taken hostage by a criminal (Shea Whigham) and his drug addicted girlfriend (Rachael Kerbs). When their car is damaged by a strange splinter infested animal, the foursome must isolate themselves in a nearby gas station and fight for their lives. This movie has a ton going for it. The acting is solid (especially Shea Whigham's character), the script is tight and fast paced, and the visual effects are great. Another plus? It doesn't use heavy CGI. All in all, it's a pretty solid creature feature.

In this third installment of the "Underworld" series, Rhona Mitra steps up to fill the leather body suit of Kate Beckinsale. Drifiting back into the past in prequel fashion, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans gives us the historical tale of how the Vamps. Vs. Wolves war got its start.

The crew gets infected with "Splinter", and discusses how sometimes simple is best.

Toby Wilkins directed one of the best horror films of 2008, "Splinter", a film just recently released on DVD after a limited theatrical run. Coming up in May, he'll also be taking on the latest in the "Grudge" franchise, so he sat down with us recently to talk about both films. Check it out.

Two new "Ju-On" sequels are set to hit Japan this year. The series, which spawned the US remake "The Grudge" and its sequel, is wildly popular in Japan and has inspired countless sequels and interations. These two new ones are titled "Ju-On: Shiroi Roujo" and "Ju-On: Kuroi Shoujo", and both are hitting theaters in Japan on June 27th. It's right around the 10th anniversary of Takashi Shimizu's original film, so I guess they figured why not celebrate with two more.

I enjoyed the trailer quite a bit, but is it me or does it look like these were both shot on video?

"Splinter" hits DVD at an odd time, when a whole host of solid limited release horror films are also hitting store shelves, so it would be easy to overlook it when you're out searching for your horror fix on a Friday night. That would be a mistake, because if you did that you would be missing out on a fantastic gem, and a great example of what can be done on limited resources.