Slither (2006)

Directed by: James Gunn (do check out his super uh… Super movie, and hold on to your horses, will be directing Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy coming up in 2014)

Written by: also Gunn, paying tribute to the Troma films that he oh so loves

Starring: Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry, Michael Rooker, Jenna Fischer

What it’s about: a meteorite carrying worm/slug-like parasites crashes nearby a small town, leading to the townspeople being taken over by the hive mind-type dealie

B-Movie Alternate Title: The Slithering Dead

Movie Mash Up: Invasion of the Body Snatchers + what I imagine Slugs is about, maybe add some of The Blob into that, mix with the comedic sensibilities of The Evil Dead Trilogy

What I liked: dude Nathan Fillion I mean COME ON, he’s so great!  The writing (or ad-libbing) is sharp, it’s a genuinely creepifying premise, Michael Rooker is spectacularly greasy, stellar scene stealing by Gregg Henry, and Tania Saulnier’s brief nudity.  Also, EW GROSS SLUGS, well done, GROSS.

What I disliked: hard to rag on the special effects since it is a b-movie at heart, but they’re not terribly great at some points.  Again with the b-movie stereotype, the acting isn’t all around great, but the performances fit the type of movie, which isn’t usually a genre of movie I like, but HELL I will watch anything Nathan Fillion appears in.

Would I recommend it to everyone?: No, it’s a very specific type of horror movie, and some audiences can’t really figure out that a horror movie can be both funny and scary.

Rating: 4 / 5


About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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