‘Splinter’ Director Toby Wilkins Goes Kidney Shopping

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One of the more pleasant surprises of the Halloween-movie season is director Toby Wilkins’s Über-suspenseful killer-parasite flick Splinter, opening tomorrow. (See David Edelstein’s spot-on rave here.) In honor of its release, we’re running Wilkins’s creepily hilarious 2006 short Kidney Thieves, starring Ethan Embry (Can't Hardly Wait, Eagle Eye), Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), and Paul F. Tompkins (Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil). It’s decidedly different in tone from Splinter, but both films display Wilkins’s flair for the macabre and his ability to milk both tension and humor from strange circumstances.