Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Today, most horror movies seem to all try to have that serious “I’m the most disturbing film you’ll every lay your eyes on” edge. Very dark and sadistic. Few films venture into the B-Movie, campy realm, unless pre-destined to be a horror / comedy (ex. Shaun of the Dead.) I for one like the scares movies like the Grudge, Saw and the Ring deliver. I just think they need to lighten up just a wee bit. Especially after viewing the umpteenth, unsuspecting soul get hacked to death by some mid-evil game / torture device.

Which is why to me, an overlooked movie like Slither rises to the top of the bloody, gut-infested, horror heap. It stars Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Michael Rooker (Days of Thunder) with a brief, but memorable appearance by Jenna Fischer (The Office).
The plot is right out of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but with a comedic twist. The movie begins with extraterrestrial, parasitic slugs invading earth. To survive, they need to inhibit the bodies of humans. For nourishment they chow on raw beef, and make giant nests to reproduce. After awhile the human host starts to mutate and develop worm, monster-like features.
Don't wanna give it all away, but you get the idea. With this plot, the film could have been another run-of-the-mill serious, dark, gore flick, but instead writer/director James Gunn chose the B movie route. The result, cult comedy movie magic. Give it a watch.

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1 comment:

  1. Agree with your review! Slither is an underrated horror gem.


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