Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
Trapped in an isolated gas station by a voracious Splinter parasite that transforms its still living victims into deadly hosts, a young couple and an escaped convict must find a way to work together to survive this primal terror.
In this blend of the B movie classic The Blob (1958), and some Romero's zombies film, a meteorite collides in a small town. Grant finds it, and is infected by a parasite worm, which installs in his brain and causes him a creepy transformation into a monster. Starla, his wife, and Bill, a policeman, will try to stop him and the plague of worms generated by the creature. Written by
Taking it's cue from Critters, The Blob and adding just a dab of Stuart Gordons From Beyond, film-maker James Gunn (script writer of such duds as the Scoody-doo movies and the remake of Dawn of the Dead) brings us this tale of parasitical alien invasion and mashes it with the zombie flick creating a homage to 80's comic book horror/comedies.
The film opens (ala John Carpenter's The Thing) as an asteroid (instead of a flying saucer) heads for planet Earth and already I'm smiling cause, lets face folks, how often does this happen in modern day horror movies anymore? But as the thing lands behind the cops it gets no notice as they're too busy clocking the speed of whippoorwills with their the radar gun.
Anyhoo, the thing hatches and is found one night by Grant Grant (Michael Rooker of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer fame) and when infected, he begins to show signs of weird behavior like locking the basement door, tearing up unexpectedly and buying large quantities of meat as he turns into meat loving zombie squid thing-a-ma-goo right out of a Stuart Gordon or Croneberg flick. He likes meat, folks! Rookers performance is really great.
And there's his wife Starla, and a sheriff and his deputies and the mayor, all of whom join together and battle this menace which eventually takes the form of worms that slither around looking for peoples throat to jump down and take over, creating the zombies ala Night of the Creeps.
There's lots of comedy, like when the cops find the missing girl who has...well, I won't spoil it, but it's pretty funny (She likes possum...), plenty of horror, and tons of slime. Not to mention loads of fun.
This is the one best films of it's kind (the list is unfortunately very short) in some time and I always glad when one these comes alone to inspire me. But most importantly, to make me smile.
Unfortunately, there are no boobies.
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