Bad Milo (2013)
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Duncan is an average good guy, living the average good guy life. He has a decent job, a good woman, and what looks like a okay life. He struggles with some tummy trouble, mom offers remedies, doctors try to help, and eventually he ends up unhappily in therapy where we can get to root of his problems. Pretty quickly this film pulls you in with a great opening scene, and then it keeps pace through the entire film, rotating between great blood soaked moments and humor sometimes mixing the two perfectly in such a disgustingly delicious way that you may feel both grossed out and ashamed for laughing at such wretchedness. You will also find yourself shocked by how much you want to hug this little ass borne, doe eyed, killing machine, i swear I even got teary at one point for the lil fellow! It was awful!, but it goes to show the amount of emotion that is in this film, not what you would expect from a story like this one.
If you haven't watched this film yet definitely add it to the list, it is a gem! The cast is made up of comedy veterans who bring this film to a whole new level of funny, and the gore is very effective with some scenes really looking incredibly good. I will definitely be pulling this one out again for years to come. It just goes to prove stress kills, but sometimes its kills the other guy!!!
The whole shebang really takes a turn when Milo, the brown town demon, crawls its way from Duncan's ruined sphincter to kill the people who hurt him and you start to understand what makes this anxious dork tick. As revealed during a therapy session with a kooky hypnotist, Duncan's father had abandoned him as a child and with Duncan's wife wanting a baby he is faced with something that people with abandonment issues often face. An issue I myself faced and that is the fear that we will end up like our fathers. This point is driven home even more when it is revealed that Duncan's father also has an ass demon and that Duncan's wife is finally pregnant. Upon hearing the news Duncan does exactly what his father did, he turns and runs, unable to process. Did I just find an emotional connection to a guy who spends part of the movie trying to feed cat food to a wide eyed demon that crawled out of his butt? Damn
Duncan shows the classic signs of someone who had an absent parent. He feels anxious in supervisory rolls, feels helpless, unimportant, as if what he wants and what he feels doesn't matter. Milo embodies his internal and his external stresses, his desires and his rages, the things he won't let himself address. As he tries to bond with Milo, at the behest of that nutty therapist, it symbolizes not just coming to terms with those parts of himself ("I know you were only dong that for me.") but also coming to terms with the fact that he is not his father. Milo and him take on an almost father/son dynamic toward the end of the film, with Milo calling him "papa" after he had chopped off the poor little guys arm and legs with an ax. That scene itself is one of the most moving parts of the film for a lot of reasons. Not only does Duncan gain control of his darker desires but he accepts Milo back into his ass with the help of his pregnant wife, essentially showing the act of becoming a responsible father helped him accept his own worth. In the end we find Duncan the head of his own company, getting ready for the baby and even taking care of his now invalid father.
The gore was a little cheesy and some of the acting was a little ham-fisted but in the end there are a ton of laughs to be found here and enough comically gruesome scenes for any danger dog to scratch his bone.
I really thought this movie was going to be more in line with some of Lloyd Kaufman's Troma flicks after seeing the trailer online. I was prepared for a plethora of poop and penis jokes with little emphasis on story or characters. But what I ended up witnessing was an oddly charming blend of "Basket Case", "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Gremlins."
Ken Marino is a perfectly affable bumbling lead. His development and internal struggle (in more ways than one) with fatherhood are the centerpiece of the movie. I was quite impressed with all the supporting cast as well(Peter Stormare was exceptionally funny.)
After all the blood-splattering and crude jokes you're left with one oddly sentimental story that may even bring a tear to your eye.
Indie horror-comedy film about a little monster, living inside an anxiety-ridden man's intestine, that breaks out (through the guy's ass) and starts attacking all the people causing him stress. The movie was co-written (with Benjamin Hayes) and directed by Jacob Vaughan. It stars Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Peter Stormare, Stephen Root, Mary Kay Place and Patrick Warburton. The film was executive produced by the Duplass brothers (who have written and directed such popular indie comedy flicks as 'CYRUS' and 'JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME'). I found the movie to be really funny and an awesome metaphor for not letting emotional problems eat you up inside. It's also a cool and creepy little critter flick (in the tradition of 80's cult classics like 'GREMLINS', 'GHOULIES' and 'CRITTERS')!
Marino stars as Duncan, an average guy who's been too afraid to stand up to the people, and situations, causing him stress in his life. He's recently been under an enormous amount of pressure at work, from a crooked boss (Warburton), and is having a lot of trouble at home with his loving but domineering wife (Jacobs). Duncan's crazy, sex obsessed, mother (Place) is also always bothering him about wanting grandchildren and he's still tormented by the abandonment of his father (Root), when he was just a young boy. All Duncan's anxieties finally become too much for him when they manifest themselves as a monster (living inside his intestine). The creature really becomes a burden when it breaks out and starts killing everyone causing Duncan stress. Through the advice of his therapist (Stormare) Duncan tries to befriend the critter (naming it Milo), in order to try to prevent it from killing more people.
The movie is really well made; Vaughan's directing is great (from his clever screenplay) and Marino is fantastic in the lead! The supporting cast is all more than adequate as well (especially Stormare, who is hilarious in it) but Marino has never been more relatable or sympathetic (which is surprising given the annoying and antagonistic characters he usually plays). What I really liked about the film is how much it reminded me of the monster movies I loved growing up as kid (in the 1980s). So for me it was really nostalgic but even more impressive than that is how it uses 'critter flick metaphors' to express how important it is not to let inner demons get the better of you. It's also hilarious (in surprising and unexpected ways, and places). I really loved this movie!
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I gave up after half an hour of poop humour. And not a single smile. I can only take so much anus-centred jokes in so short a time span.
Comparing that dumb script to some of the most imaginative movies I have ever seen doesn't make any sense to me. Apart for the lack of ideas and surprises, the direction and acting are also largely inferior, albeit decent. Either that, or the cast does a good job portraying unbelievable characters as requested by their director, I wonder. Nobody seems real, instead they feel like people from a dream. In short, I didn't feel involved at all, and at the same time I was put off by the monomaniacal childish scatology.
At least, it's technically good enough to avoid the lowest note.
When i saw this i was amazed by how they actually are able to make a movie to look like it was a B Movie from the eighties, I really want to see more movies like this but as stated the most of them where made in the eighties :/
I recommend this movie to everyone liking Really SICK B Movies
This movie gets 8.5/10 Stars!!!
It has some minor funny moments. Milo himself generates very few laughs. It's a little gross and very perplexing monster. I think the scene coming out in front of the therapist needs to show their connectivity more. Milo can get hurt and Duncan can get hurt in sympathy in that scene. The horror part of the movie isn't that scary. The comedy has a few good scenes. It's a B-movie that is slightly better than a butt monster ought to be.
Ken Marino--established funnyman and leading man in this film--showed he has the ability to headline a film and carry it to epic proportions as he was just amazing to watch and was hysterical without having to be silly. Seriously, all it took from him was a single sign of exhaustion over his situation and my sides split open. And then when you add the fantastic cast that had Patrick Warburton, Peter Stormare and Stephen Root (to name a few), you have a movie with a recipe for success!
"Bad Milo" is a dark comedy done incredibly right!
I really hoped that a movie about a killer butt demon would be more fun, but BAD MILO actually has quite a few stretches where nothing of interest happens and my attention starts to phase out. When Milo finally arrives, we don't get nearly as much fun with him as I expected. I'm sure it has a lot to do with budget limitations and how much they were capable of doing with the puppet. But the audience knows what to expect going in when the main draw is a rubber puppet monster. This is no time to be self-conscious. Give us the puppet! Instead we get a lot of drama as Duncan struggles to grow a pair and stop letting life stomp all over him. I wanted more chaos, more puppet-on-human violence. By the time it's all over, Milo actually kills less than a handful of people and two of them occur off-screen. We finally get the full-bore puppet attack at the end of the film but by then I was hardly interested in what was happening on screen. BAD MILO, as a retro creature feature, is full of wasted potential. The main attraction doesn't get enough screen time and, when he's there, he's doesn't get much to do other than growl or give puppy-dog eyes to melt Duncan's heart. Violence is mostly limited to bloody messes but we get a little bit of gore when Milo attacks a smug fertility doctor. There just isn't much in the way of scares or gross-outs so marketing this movie as a horror film might've been a mistake.
The film fares a little better on the comedy end with a funny cast saving this movie from being a total loss. Ken Marino is Duncan, our man with the butt demon. I've not been a huge Marino fan, but I don't exactly have much to go on. He was the most irritating character in WANDERLUST, but he also had some of the funnier bits in WE'RE THE MILLERS in what little time he was on screen. Here, Marino is the straight man and he sort of reminds me of Jason Bateman. Despite being a weaker movie, it's probably one of the better Marino performances I've seen. His wife is the beautiful Gillian Jacobs but she doesn't get much to do other than react to Marino's bathroom antics and provide a crucial bit of plot development late in the game. She's a good sport through it all and she gets to have some fun in the climactic battle. The supporting cast steal the show in BAD MILO with Peter Stormare, Stephen Root, Toby Huss, and Kumail Nanjiani. Huss establishes a hilarious tone in the opening scene as the doctor who misdiagnoses Milo as a polyp in Duncan's colon but the movie fails to maintain the humor, though not for lack of trying from Nanjiani as Duncan's new father-in-law in a great dinner scene. Stormare is Duncan's hippie psychiatrist and Root arrives late in the game as Duncan's estranged biological father, but most scenes that don't involve these characters fizzle out. I really enjoyed Milo as a character, bouncing from vicious killer to precocious toddler, and I dig the retro rod- puppet they used to bring him to life. Part of me wouldn't mind a future low budget sequel to continue the tale of Duncan and his unnatural family heritage because BAD MILO had some promise and I think there's still comedy (or horror) fold to be mined from it but, as it stands, BAD MILO was somewhat of a disappointment with a couple little comedy gems scattered inside.
wow is it is awful. like the kind of awful that makes you think you just got tricked.
Why does the music playing in the background sound off rhythm and all wrong??
What has the movie business become?
It's like they had a $500 production budget.
seriously, Is this a practical joke?
THIS Makes me so angrry
thiS mUST HAVE BEEN A Straight TO DVD
A monster comes out of his ass. His therapist suggests he bond with it. So, he names it Milo. Milo isn't your typical movie monster. His practical effects design resembles the Mogwai from Gremlins albeit with no fur. We never see Milo properly exit Duncan's body, which is more effective in freaking us out. Unlike other high-concept movies like The Human Centipede and its sequel this film doesn't need excessive gore or brooding dialog. Bad Milo! is too thoughtful for mad scientists, cars that don't start, or Nazi experiments. In fact the movie doesn't explain why Milo exists beyond some pseudoscience. Duncan's efforts to bond with Milo are the focus of the story.
Duncan spends a lot of time talking to his therapist who suggests Milo may be a byproduct of Duncan's non-relationship with his biological father. He goes to meet dad who walked out on the family long ago. Eventually they make it up after a plot twist you could easily predict. That doesn't lessen the amusement of seeing Duncan's id go against his dad's. Duncan wins, so he has to find a way to reach out to Milo in a way he'll understand. He finally stands up for himself by forcibly subduing his little buddy.
Milo attacks people off screen except for the doctor who literally gets de-masculinized. This between explicitness and queasy curiosity happens most of its runtime. The movie pads this tension with over the top secondary characters like Duncan's insufferable boss and his mom. Duncan's mom is married to man half her age. Some of these characters' deaths are amusing but the dialog feels forced. These jokes play like the writers just knew they were funny. Maybe they would be in a movie lacking butt monsters. Seriously, Bad Milo! is a movie where the premise is its own over the top character.
Ken Marino is perfect fit playing the typical "everything about me is average" guy, but he also manages to step up and wedge himself into the hero role. The movie introduces psychological elements such as accepting your Id and also delves into family relationships. 'Bad Milo' never goes completely over the top to the point of losing the viewer, and although I found it enjoyable I think it would have been more successful as a short film. Certain aspects of the story start to become tedious but then a monster pops out of a butt and grabs your attention yet again.
The plot may put some people off, this movie is about Duncan Who's got a creature in his A** , who ever cause Duncan stress, it will come out and kill them, then go back into his A** !
This movie was perfect for me , as these are my kind of movie, this movie had me laughing so much, I can not remember last time laughed so much at a movie.
Milo was not that bad looking, it did look scary enough and in someway it looked kind cute as the same time.
There were decent bloody moment in, which I thought were really fun, not too gory.
Soon as the Dad was on screen, I kind of knew were they were they going go with that, the fight scene was awesome, I was almost on floor laughing my head off.
I saw the ending coming, I loved there be a sequel and the acting was perfect!
Move over Gizmo, Milo here!
For me this a Classic! . Going to give a 9 out 10 (Still not as good gremlins but better the Critters)
Director/co-writer Jacob Vaughan relates the enjoyably off-the-wall story at a zippy pace, maintains a likeable quirky tone throughout, gets lots of laughs from the hysterical sense of no-holds-barred outrageous humor, and even manages a few tender and touching moments amid all the jaw-dropping lunacy. The adorably grotesque Milo serves as a strong metaphor for the potentially toxic and destructive consequences wrought by letting one's deeply repressed id and subconscious run amuck as well as the need to face your emotional and psychological demons head on in order to make peace with said demons. Moreover, it's acted with aplomb by an enthusiastic cast: Gillian Jacobs as Duncan's sweet and concerned wife Jillian, Peter Stormare as flaky therapist Highsmith, Mary Kay Place as Duncan's loopy mother Beatrice, and Patrick Warburton as jerky boss Phil. An absolute hoot.