Every week, we spotlight a kill that we just can’t get enough of. This is Kill of the Week.
James Gunn, if you think about it, has had a career path very similar to both Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson. Like Raimi and Jackson, who started out making gory gross-out horror movies like Evil Dead and Dead Alive, Gunn began his career writing films for Troma, before making his directorial debut in 2006 with the creature feature Slither.
James Gunn has of course gone on to become a major player in Hollywood, writing and directing both Guardians of the Galaxy films for Marvel’s cinematic universe.
But before all that, it was Slither that really showed us what Gunn was made of as a filmmaker. The horror-comedy, a throwback to ’80s monster movies, starred Michael Rooker and Elizabeth Banks as husband and wife; Rooker’s Grant Grant gets infected by an alien parasite, turning him into a hideous monster, while Banks’s Starla fights for her life against alien slugs, mind-controlled zombies and, eventually, her own husband.
There are a handful of moments in Slither that certainly qualify for “kill of the week” shout-outs, including one particularly memorable scene wherein a woman’s body has been blown up to ridiculous proportions after being impregnated with massive amounts of the aforementioned slugs, eventually causing her body to completely explode.
In another moment, our chosen “kill of the week” for this week, the mutated Grant whips a gun-toting man with one of his tentacles, surgically splitting the man’s body straight up the middle and causing his guts to spill out all over the ground. Gunn’s choice to make this one a “time-release” kill, delaying the gory moment, makes it all the more fun.