Director – James Gunn
Cast – Don Thompson, Nathan Fillion, Gregg Henry, Xantha Radley, Elizabeth Banks, Tania Saulnier, Dustin Milligan, Michael Rooker, Haig Sutherland
Release Year – 2006
Reviewed by John of the Dead
After hearing about this film being a great ride for true horror fans, I decided I had to finally check it out after passing it over so many times. James Gunn, a veteran writer/actor/director for the infamous Troma Entertainment, did a great job directing this 95 minute horror masterpiece that is obviously made for big time horror fans.
The films starts off with a meteor falling onto Earth, landing in some hick town, and then being stumbled upon by a few drunk locals. After prodding around with the broken meteor, one of the locals gets some kind of barb shot into his chest by a weird looking slug alien that was inside the meteor. The alien barb then begins to mutate him into a nasty looking human slug, with a taste for raw meat. After killing and eating local pets and farm animals, the police and a few hunters begin looking for this human slug. But when things get awry and he spreads more of the infectious slugs, all hell breaks loose around town and its up to a few locals to kill off the infected who are out to devour and “convert” the living.
As I mentioned before, this is a horror film made for horror fans. Given that these Troma guys are big time horror fans themselves, they put lots of horror scenes in their films that they are sure will please us horror fans as well. We see several homeages to “Goosebumps” books(which all us horror fans read as kids), and even a clip from a Troma movie playing on television.
I really liked how this film was simply a fun film to watch from start to finish. The plot is a lot similar to 80’s cheesy horror fest Night of the Creeps, and this film delivers a lot of “80’s feel” to it with ridiculously gory scenes, sex, booze, and some cheesy one liners sure to crack up the audience. Oh that’s right…this movie is funny! I found myself laughing out loud multiple times at some of the ridiculous comebacks the “infected” were saying to various people. If you liked Shaun of the Dead, then you will most likely enjoy Slither as well.
Overall, another cheesy and hilarious gorefest to add to the long list of horror/comedies that are just plain fun to watch.