Slither

“I’m bringing sexy back. Yeah”

Welcome to a new year and nothing says 2007 better than slimey little parasitic aliens. This little gruesome film comes to us from the demented mind of James Gunn who directed the most excellent Dawn of Dead remake (Yes I know zombies can’t run.) This cocktail of gore is one part “The Blob“, 2 parts “Night of the Creeps“, and another part an ipecac. The small town of Wheesley is visited by a meteor falling to the woods. When can a meteor just fall and not bring evil parasites?!…why can’t it just bring a refreshing scent of pine like a giant air freshener. But no, this one like all the others before it has to carry a parasitic alien bent of world conquest. And with every meteor you have your local redneck “Grant” played by Michael Rooker. Grant of course has to go check out the meteor and poke it with a stick. The parasite takes over Grant and starts mutating him into a cow slaughtering dog eating tentacle growing squid-man. Turns out Grant has a plan to take over the planet by “spreading his seed” and impregnating an old girlfriend with these creepy slithering slugs (hence the title) who zombify the local town folks by entering through their mouths and taking over the brain. Who would have thought the best defense against aliens is to cover your mouth…save your life and stop halitosis. The zombie residents then attach themselves to the big squid creature to make an even bigger squid creature to absorb all life on the planet. It’s like some sort of twisted Republican party without the corporate sponsors.

Things to watch for.

  • Giant blimp barn girl who enjoys walks in the woods, hanging out at bars, and eating cute woodland creatures
  • A mayor with tourettes syndrome who screams like a little girl
  • Gratuitous use of haircare products as weapons
  • Attacking deer kung-fu
  • Frightening scenes of line dancing

It’s hilarious and gruesome in equal doses and it’s a worthy entry into the b-movie hall of fame. Give it a try.
rated 8.6 out of 10 for the movie
learn more about this movie at imbd.com

Watch the trailer for Slither