What if Universal Pictures teamed up with Troma to make a big budget “adult” gore flick? What you’d get is James Gunn’s gross-out horror pic, ‘Slither’, which brings some much needed diversity to the horror genre- along with truck loads of slime…
The sleepy town of Wheelsy could be any small town in America – somewhat quaint and gentle, peopled with friendly folks who mind their own business. But just beneath the surface charm, something unnamed and evil has arrived… and is growing. No one seems to notice as telephone poles become clogged with missing pet flyers, or when one of the town’s richest citizens, Grant Grant (Michael Rooker), begins to act strangely. But when farmers’ livestock turn up horribly mutilated and a young women goes missing, Sheriff Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion) and his team, aided by Grant’s wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks), uncover the dark force laying siege to their town… and come face-to-face with an older-than-time organism intent on absorbing and devouring all life on Earth.
The best way to describe James Gunn’s directorial debut would be to take ‘Dawn of the Dead,’ ‘The Fly’ remake and ‘The Blob’ and smash it into one fun horror pic. Mostly ‘Slither’ is a trip back to the ’80s, when horror films were comical, fun and timeless. The horror pics of the ‘80s are the films that come up during nights of heavy drinking where someone always screams “how have you not seen that!??” Mark my words- ten years from now horror fans will be saying the exact same thing about ‘Slither’.
The movie promises blood, guts, gore, goo, slimy creatures and more; it’s also being promoted as a trip back to a time when horror was fun- and unlike the pictures of burgers on fast food drive-thru menus, it delivers on everything it promises to be. You go in expecting one thing, and leave getting it. The only major complaint I have is that I felt the movie dragged at times, and I also thought there were a few small execution problems. Seriously though, the movie is such a blast that I just don’t want to dwell on the negative… at all. Sure it’s there, but I just don’t care!
The acting is top notch and it’s fantastic finally getting to see Elizabeth Banks in the lead role she deserves. And how can we not talk about Michael Rooker? He is so astonighingly freaky in his role as Grant Grant (you heard right). The film was cast to perfection. They all delivered fun characteristics that helped keep the movie entertaining from start to finish.
Just as sticky ‘Slither’ was, the film was equally as funny. Easily my favorite scene was when the mayor was in a car with three other people freaking out. They had just escaped a pack of zombies and he opens a cooler for a drink. He begins screaming and yelling about how all he wanted was a f-cking Mr. Pibb and goes on and on about it. There are also great jokes hiding in the set pieces like the school’s sports team is named the “cooters.”
Lloyd Kaufman (who makes a cameo in the film) would be so proud of his protégé as ‘Slither’ delivers one hell of a slime-filled good time. We need more films like this in Hollywood, sometimes you just want to throw all logic out the door, sit back and just go with the flow. ‘Slither’ is the perfect “group” film, so go and gather all of your buddies, have a few drinks and go get grossed out on March 31st!