Speed up, or I will blow a hole in you big enough to watch TV through.


The film opens on a sleepy gas station, where the slack-jawed pump attendant is attacked by a seemingly rabid animal. Through a series of glimpses we see the attendant's body begin to contort. Meanwhile, a young couple, Seth Belzer and Polly Watt retreat to the wilderness for a romantic camping trip in the ancient forests of Oklahoma, but their plans are shattered when they are car-jacked by an escaped convict, Dennis Farell, and his drug-addict girlfriend, Lacey Belisle. As the foursome travel the back roads together, they get a flat tire when they run over a small splinter infected animal on the road. Finding shelter at the now abandoned gas station, they fend off larger incarnations of a parasite as it infects more victims.

Soon after their arrival at the gas station, Lacey discovers the infected still-living body of the attendant from the opening scene. Lacey is attacked and dies instantly, but her corpse slowly reanimates and becomes a new creature which attacks the remaining survivors. While fighting this creature, the three remaining discover that severed pieces of the infected victims are capable of attacking on their own. Sheriff Terry Frankel arrives on the scene and attempts to arrest Dennis, but she is ripped in half by Lacey's corpse. The creature takes the top half of the officer's body to the roof and slowly bonds with it, creating a larger creature. Seth formulates a plan to call for help using the cop's radio left behind when her body was ripped in half. However, during the execution of this plan, the newly rebuilt creature attacks and takes the lower half of the cop. The trio hides in the gas station's walk-in refrigerator when a section of its arm manages to get in and attack them. It is then discovered that Dennis has been infected. Seth and Polly amputate Farell's arm to prevent the infection from spreading. Dennis later explains that he had been pricked up a splinter from a creature they encountered on the road. Seth also discovers that the creatures hunt based on temperature, attacking the warmest thing it can find.

By lowering his body temperature with bags of ice, Seth is able to sneak past the creature to the police car, while Polly and Farell distract it with fireworks. Seth makes it to the police car but discovers that without keys, the car, and the police radio inside are useless. Meanwhile, Seth's body temperature has risen. Dennis saves Seth from the creature when it attacks, but is infected in the process. The creature enters the gas station and Dennis and Polly are forced to hide in the freezer. Meanwhile, the discarded fireworks ignite the trail of flammable liquid left earlier and the gas station catches on fire. Seth is able to retrieve a shotgun from the cop car and helps Polly and Dennis escape. Dennis offers to keep the creature at bay while Seth and Polly escape. He shoots one of the gas pumps with the shotgun and the creature is engulfed in flames. When the smoke clears, the creature is dead, but Dennis is still infected. Dennis shoots directly into a stack of propane tanks, incinerating himself and the gas station.

Seth and Polly stumble off into the sunrise, but the final scene reveals that there are other infected creature corpses laying dormant in the woods.









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Directed by Toby Wilkins
Produced by Kai Barry
Written by Kai Barry
Ian Shorr
Toby Wilkins
Starring Shea Whigham
Paulo Costanzo
Jill Wagner
Rachel Kerbs
Music by Elia Cmiral
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Release date(s) October 31, 2008
Running time 92 mins.
Language English