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Movie Review: Slither (2006)

August 19, 2010 3 comments

Woman in bathtub surrounded by slugs.Summary:
When an asteroid comes to a small, southern US town, it brings with it alien slug-like creatures who infest a local man.  His wife is the first to notice something askew, but not before the slugs manage to impregnante a local woman.  Can she and the golden-hearted sherriff save the day?

Review:
The two most important things to know about this movie are: 1) It was written and directed by James Gunn Dawn of the Dead and 2) the part of the sherriff is played by Nathan Fillion of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog fame.  Fans of either absolutely must watch this movie, particularly fans of Fillion as there’s nothing quite like watching him face slugs.  That said, I can’t tell if this movie was actually trying to be scary.  It certainly isn’t scary at all.  It is deliciously disgusting and hilarious, however.  It kind of reminds me of Killer Klowns from Outer Spaceonly with slugs and a woman who looks like Cartman at his fattest because she’s so full of alien spawn.  If that sort of thing is up your alley, you’re going to enjoy this movie.

Probably the best part of this movie, besides watching Fillion, is the special effects.  The slugs look totally believable, and as the husband becomes more taken over by the aliens, he looks increasingly like Brundle in The Fly.  Plus the slugs naturally do all sorts of disgusting things and the effects aren’t the type that take you out of the gross-out moment.  

My main gripes with the film are that the husband is kind of miscast.  It’s really not believable that his wife ever married him to start with.  He at least needed a better looking face or something.  Plus his acting prior to all the special effects taking place is kind of iffy.  I also wished the slugs had wreaked a bit more havoc prior to entering the bodies whereupon we can’t see them anymore.  They were cool to look at.

Overall, you’re going to enjoy this film if you enjoy B-level, gross-out horror.  It’s not up the level of The Fly, but it is a fun watch. 

3 out of 5 stars

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Movie Review: Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Evil clown face looking down on a couple.Summary:
It looks like a meteor has crashed near a small town, but it actually is a space ship.  A space ship that looks exactly like a giant circus tent.  Oh, and did I mention that it’s full of aliens that look like deformed clowns armed with guns that shoot cotton candy that wraps its victims up into cocoons?  Facing off against these creatures are a teenage gal, her current flame, and the cop who used to date her.  Will anyone in the town survive the night?

Review:
Confession.  I used to be deathly afraid of clowns.  We’re talking 5 year old me would instantaneously cry upon merely seeing one at a distance.  Although I’m mostly over that now, I was a bit nervous that watching a clown horror movie would stir things back up.  Well, I definitely wouldn’t call this a horror movie.

It is the perfect blend of ridiculousness and horror tropes that it takes to make a deliciously campy horror film.  I found myself laughing throughout and delighted at the various directions the writers took traditional circus elements to make them dangerous and evil.

There’s popcorn that turns into evil clown heads (but only after being in a dark space).  People are turned into pods of cotton candy that hang ominously inside the ship.  The balloon animals come to life and are evil.  To someone who always found the circus a bit….odd….it’s totally delightful.

The movie also has its own theme song that is still earworming me days later.  The song, clothes, and acting are all wonderfully 80s.  From the main girl’s hair to the grouchy cop to the teens running an ice cream truck in an attempt to get girls, it gets just the right combination of elements that screams–this is why the 80s was awesomely weird.

If you appreciate camp, the 80s, or light horror, you’ll enjoy this film.

4 out of 5 stars

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