Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Slither (2006)

Fear 1/5
Gore 5/5
Entertainment 4/5
Creepiness 3/5
Nightmares 0/5

Extremely well done splatter film that brings to mind the best that the mid 80's had to offer as well as a bit part from Jenna Fisher.

Slither is an old story, one done to death: meteor crashes in the field and space alien escapes and terrorizes a small town. This time around, the alien is a slug like creature that waits for someone to come across it at which point it shoots a barbed little organism into the chest so it can burrow it's way into the skin and take over the brain. The victim quickly becomes one with the creature and instinctively begins seeking out ways to a) feed on endless amounts of meat and b) reproduce. This is bad news for both the animal population as well as the human population.

Slither is gloriously gory and bloody, but smart enough to know that it can't succeed by taking itself seriously. The script is sarcastic and funny, but not in a dopey kind of way. The movie's not really a comedy, just silly enough to keep you from running out of the theater when the gooey alien/human hybrid whips out it's twin penis-things and "reproduces" with it's victims. Just goofy enough to make you smile a bit when 2 foot pink slugs jump into people's mouths and force their way down their throats. In fact, there is a lot of gross sexual innuendo going on here which makes Slither all the more creepy and, well, funny.

It gets a little ridiculous towards the end, but by then you're having so much fun watching the living dead, zombie hordes melt into one huge, amorphous Jabba the Hut looking creature to fight the remaining people that you'd almost be disappointed if it didn't go over the top.

Slither is a faithful and fun nod back to the days when films like The Re-Animator, Dead Alive and Toxic Avenger were king. Here's to more films like this.

- Complaint Dept


the fucking beard said...

god damn this was one of the finest american horror films made in the last ten years, although like the rest of the good ones in that timeframe, it was unfortunate that it was a spoof. in america we only know how to wink and nod at things that used to be good, we don't know how to actually make anything good anymore.

i might have to take that back after i see alvin and the chipmunks though. when the chipmunk is singing "don't you wish your grilfriend was hot like me" in the dishwasher and then he gets sassy with dave, man that's comedy gold.

Brian said...

i think this movie does its share of winking, but it also manages to work the winking into a larger, more complex tone. it mixes it up with some genuine laughs and scares.

but if you want to talk complex tones, let's get a review of Alvin and the Chipmunks up in here STAT!

MarkusWelby1 said...

I love this film, but I find it hard to believe the filmmakers when they say they've never seen "Night of the Creeps" Both are worthy treasures that stand tall in my collection.