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A Q&A; with Paulo Costanzo

Jul 16th, 2009
Star of the independent horror gem 'Splinter' and new TV hit 'Royal Pains' talks about what scares him and working with the Mercury commercial babe...

While theaters and video stores continue to crank out the latest horror remake or sadly uninspired retread like Friday the 13th or The Unborn, to name just two recent examples, real cinematic talent is being squandered or largely ignored on the independent film circuit. Ironically enough, the genre that was once revitalized and legitimized by such independent, low-budget productions as George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and John Carpenter’s Halloween has lately abandoned its roots in favor of big-budget, CGI-ladened spookfests that lack the realism and subtlety of their predecessors.

 

But there was one film unceremoniously dumped into theaters last Halloween that seemed to garner a lot of critical accolades and offered at least a glimmer of hope for the future of the horror genre. Splinter, a raw and unnerving little gem helmed by first-time feature director Toby Wilkins, managed to take the familiar premise of such horror classics as Invasion of the Body Snatchers and John Carpenter’s The Thing and turn it into something wholly fresh and original. Set within the cloying confines of a roadside gas station mini mart and clocking in at a brisk 82 minutes, Splinter stars Shea Whigham (Wristcutters: A Love Story), Jill Wagner (Blade: The Series) and Paulo Costanzo (Road Trip) as a trio forced to defend themselves against an unknown and unrelenting creature that enters living organisms and uses them as hosts and a means to feed off other living things.

 

DVDFile recently had an exclusive opportunity to chat with Splinter co-star Paulo Costanzo, who’s now starring in the hit USA series Royal Pains, about the little horror movie that’s been growing in cult status since its release on DVD and Blu-ray in April and which won six Screamfest Awards, including Best Picture of 2008.

- Kenneth J. Souza

 



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